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Quinn Signs Anti-bullying Legislation Into Law

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed new legislation into law June 27 that expands the state's school bullying laws to include harassment based on sexual orientation.

Bullying can paralyze a student and has challenged teachers and administers in their attempts to prevent it.

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Books with gay themes for young readers take off

 At his Kentucky elementary school, kids taunted Brent on the playground about being gay, whatever that was. By eighth grade, he realized what they meant and came out to a friend — and vice versa.

She was an avid writer, he a voracious reader. They headed to their school library in search of stories that spoke to their lives: gay, gay in the South, gay and fearing stereotypes like "disgusting" and "worthless."

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Antibullying Bill Passes N.Y. State Senate

The Dignity for All Students Act, which would protect LGBT students from bullying and harassment in schools, passed the New York state senate Tuesday evening after years of effort. Governor David Paterson is expected to sign the bill into law, which would mark the first time gender identity and expression are included in state law.

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Excelsior club promotes tolerance

Their watchwords are “Don’t ask, please tell,” but for members of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at Excelsior Middle School, the phrase is less about sexual orientation than it is about tolerance, acceptance and support.

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21st Annual Awards Event Honors Student Leaders Serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community

Contact:  Larry Buchanan
Phone:    510-206-1465

SAN FRANCISCO, June 2, 2010 - Thirteen high school students, and two graduate students, will be recognized for their dedication and service to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community at the 21st Annual eQuality Scholarship Awards Event on Friday, June 4, 2010, at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. 

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California, Other States Prepare to Honor Milk

SAN FRANCISCO — Presidential Medal of Freedom? Got that. A place in the California Hall of Fame and Sean Penn playing you on-screen? Those, too.

Now, Harvey Milk has a holiday of sorts to call his own. California will observe its first day of "special significance" Saturday honoring the slain gay rights leader on what would have been his 80th birthday.

It took two legislative tries and the 2008 movie "Milk" to help persuade Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign a bill last fall establishing May 22 as Harvey Milk Day. Memorial events are planned in 20 other states.

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Kern High School Board Rejects Harvey Milk Day

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The Kern High School Board of Trustees has voted against commemorating the life of assassinated San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.

A special meeting was held in the district's board room Wednesday morning, after board Vice President Ken Mettler proposed a policy that would prevent schools within the district from recognizing Milk in the classroom.

With three yes votes, one no vote from President Joel Heinrichs and an abstention from Chairman Bill Perry, the motion was passed.

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There Won't Be Harvey Milk Day at Kern High Schools

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The first openly gay man to hold an elected office in California won't be honored on local high school campuses.

The Kern High School District Board of Trustees voted 3-1 Wednesday to not observe Harvey Milk Day on May 22.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Harvey Milk Day into law Oct. 12 last year.

Conservative trustee Ken Mettler raised the proposal earlier this month to not observe Harvey Milk Day. Both supporters and opponents showed up at the Wednesday morning special board meeting.

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LGBT and ALLIED Groups call on Congress to pass ENDA now

WASHINGTON, April 21 - Today, the nation's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations, along with allies in the faith, labor and civil rights communities, issued the following statement to members of the United States Congress:
"Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act NOW."

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Teen Can Now Wear "Gay Gay" Shirt to School

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and Lambda Legal said Monday they have received assurances that a student wearing T-shirts printed with pro-gay slogans won’t be censored. The school also will train staff on the anti-bullying policy to avoid harassment of any student.

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