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As California mandate looms, some LGBT curriculum already in place

CNN) - In 10th grade English at Los Angeles’ Grover Cleveland High School, Danielle Taklender's students read the book "Luna" by Julie Anne Peters.  It's a story about a transgender teen.

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Have Things Gotten Better for LGBT youth?

On the next Your Call, we'll talk to Ron Schmidt, author of Once Removed, about his journey from life as a closeted gay student in Catholic schools, to marriage and single-parenting, through alcoholism and psychotherapy, to working as a teacher in CA public schools and starting organizations to support LGBT youth. Are schools safer for queer students and families today? Join us at 10 or email us at What's the best way to help LGBT youth feel safe and supported?

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Your Call, KALW San Francisco

Indiana teenager’s suicide raises questions over bullying

FISHERS, Ind. — A suburban Indianapolis school district being sued by the family of a bullied student who committed suicide sent a letter to parents Wednesday, saying school officials took several steps to help the teenager and his family before his death.

The federal lawsuit alleges that officials at Fishers Junior High School and Hamilton Southeastern High School did nothing to prevent other students from harassing 14-year-old Jamarcus Bell because he was black, perceived to be gay and emotionally troubled.

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Associated Press

Anti-Equality Advocates File Initiative to Eliminate LGBT People from FAIR Education Act


CONTACT: Jill Marcellus, Gay-Straight Alliance Network

CONTACT: Diana Rubio, ACLU of Southern California

CONTACT: Rebekah Orr, Equality California

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Effort Launched to Strip LGBTs From Calif. Education Act

A second effort is on the table to take down California's FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, Respectful) Education Act, which will require that the state's public schools teach the contributions of LGBT and handicapped people.

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The Advocate

I say, "Make it better!"

I noticed this week we got a few hits from our friends over at the Make It Better Project and I thought it was only fitting to give them a shout out.  I don’t know if you have to wait for things to “get better” I think you can take charge of your heart, mind, and soul and make it better!  Click on the photo below to find out more about the Make It Better Project sponsored by the GSA Network…!

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Queer Landia

S.O.U.L.: Campaigns Address Suicidal Youth

Last year, the media reported on a series of suicides among LGBT youth.  Suicide among LGBT youth is not a new phenomenon. Several research studies during the past decade have found the rates of suicide and suicide attempts are higher among LGBT youth as compared to the general population.  However, media recognition of the suicides has sparked speculation about possible causes and has inspired social campaigns that address suicide among LGBT youth.

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The Stylus

LGBT Youth Group Stands up to Bullying

GSA Network Youth

On October 20, dubbed Spirit Day, millions of supporters of the youth group Gay-Straight Alliance Network wear purple to draw attention to GSA Network’s efforts to stop the bullying of gays at school. The photo shows three California network supporters.

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United States Embassy

MTV Aims To Break Guinness World Dance Marathon Record For LGBT Campaign

An MTV dance crew put on its dancing shoes Sunday night and won't take them off for 55 hours, in order to break a Guinness World Record and raise funds for anti-bullying campaigns.

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Huffington Post

More schools take action to stem anti-gay bullying

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A history teacher amends his lessons on the civil rights movement to include the push for gay equality. A high school removes Internet filters blocking gay advocacy websites. Six gay students sue their district, saying officials failed to protect them from bullies.

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Associated Press