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Duncan Says Discriminating Against LGBT Clubs Violates Law

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan warned school districts Tuesday against attempting to shut down lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clubs and gay-straight alliances.

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US News & World Report

Seth’s Law Passes State Assembly

CONTACT: Jorge Amaro, Equality California  
PHONE: 562-964-3591

CONTACT: Rebecca Farmer, ACLU of California  
PHONE: 415-621-2493

CONTACT: Jill Marcellus, Gay-Straight Alliance Network
PHONE: 516-313-9659

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ACLU says Web filter may violate student rights at Southland high school

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said Tuesday that a Southland school district is potentially violating students’ constitutional rights by blocking access to informational gay and lesbian Web sites.

ACLU attorneys say the Rowland Unified School District in the San Gabriel Valley uses computer software to keep students from seeing the Web sites of groups that include the Gay Straight Alliance Network and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation.

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KPCC: Southern California Public Radio

East Bay schools offer gay studies for high school students

Proposed state legislation, if approved, would add gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders to the list of social and ethnic groups public schools must include in social studies.

At two East Bay private schools the debate has gone beyond whether to include gay history in the curriculum. They have taken the next step, offering a high school class dedicated to gay studies.

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Contra Costa Times

ACLU Challenges Oroville Union HS District's Net Filter on Gay Info

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California announced Wednesday that it has notified the Oroville Union High School District that its Internet-filtering software has been improperly configured to block access to Web content geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

The ACLU has sent demand letters to school districts across the country as part of the organization's national "Don't Filter Me" initiative, which seeks to combat illegal censorship of LGBT educational information on public school computers.

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Sacramento Bee

Delano Youth Conference to Address Bullying of LGBT Youth


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Delano Youth Conference to Address Bullying of LGBT Youth

Leading Legal and Youth Experts to Provide Community Members with Tools to Prevent Bullying

(Delano, CA, May 12, 2011)—This Saturday, May 14, 2011, a one-day community conference will be held to address the harm caused by the widespread harassment and bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in schools and communities.

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Harvey Milk Day Curriculum and Web Resources Announced by the California Safe Schools Coalition


CONTACT:  Tarah Fleming, Our Family Coalition
415-981-1960 x304  

CONTACT:  Carolyn Laub, Gay-Straight Alliance Network
(415) 552-4229  


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Talking to Your Kids About Sexuality

Whether your kids have seen TV shows with gay or lesbian characters, met a bisexual student in math class or just heard the word "gay" on the playground, chances are they have questions about sexual orientation – even if they don't tell you about them. Your child might also be questioning her own sexuality, and no matter what the situation, having an open and honest dialogue with your child about sexuality is an important part of good parent-child communication.

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Parents: learn how you can Make It Better.

Calif. Bill Would Mandate Teaching LGBT History

Thankfully, I’ve forgotten most of what school was like. But I remember one thing all too well: no one other than me in the United States ever had been queer, and if they were, they must have been some sick puppies.

Why did I feel that way? Because I didn’t see anyone like me in my history books. There were no queer politicians, inventors or civil rights heroes. It’s no wonder that kids were scared of boys who liked boys or girls who liked girls. Or that schoolyard bullies picked on queer classmates.

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Washington Blade


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