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Johnny Weir wearing purple shirt

GLAAD asked folks to wear purple today, in honor of the recent LGBT teen suicides. Above is Johnny Weir’s participation (courtesy of Chloe).

Another report of a gay young person’s suicide–this time Corey Jackson, a student at Oakland University. So far there are no reports of bullying as a factor in his death. I feel so saddened by every new piece of news, every new life lost. I also think this is important to put in the broader context of the suicide epidemic, one that impacts LGBT people at much higher rates.

Gloria Steinem responds to Susan Faludi’s article about feminism in this interview, defending young women and pop culture.

A high school cheerleader was kicked off her squad for refusing to shout the name of her accused rapist and basketball player. A court has defended the decision, calling her a “mouthpiece” for a school to use to “disseminate speech — namely, support for its athletic teams.” Disgusting.

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  1. Posted October 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Great that Gloria Steinem still has faith in us and takes us very seriously. We are feminists, but for Generation Y.

  2. Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    The story about the cheerleader is beyond disgusting-from the slap on the wrist the rapist received as punishment to the court’s decision. Both my husband and I signed the petition in her defense earlier today. Unfortunately, from what I remember of the jock/sports culture in high school none of this comes as a surprise to me. It’s just sad to see that apparently none of these attitudes have changed since then.

    • Posted October 21, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      You reminded me of that movie about the Glen Ridge Rape, pissed me off to see so many people at the time were doubting the young woman at the time. Kudos to H.S. for standing her ground, staying strong and true to her principles. Sis! Boom! Bah!

  3. Posted October 31, 2010 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    I have launched a new website that is designed to stop bullying and abuse.

    http://www.haltnow.ca/ – Humanity Against Local Terrorism – HALT.

    The more of our voices that say HALT; the more of our children we can save. This new website offers education, prevention, support and services to abused and bullied victims as well as hopefully finding a solution to stop this local terrorism of bullying, abuse and domestic violence within our communities. Please help us stop these senseless acts. Please take time to visit this site, become a member and add your voice.

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