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New data links anti-LGBT school bullying with health risks

TweetToday the Family Acceptance Project announced new research linking high levels of anti-LGBT bullying in middle and high school with negative health and mental health outcomes in young adulthood, including depression, suicide attempts that require medical care, STDs and risk for HIV. This is the first study linking experiences of bullying during adolescence with a [...]
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Arkansas school board member will resign over anti-gay comments

TweetVia CNN: A school board district member in Arkansas who came under fire for an anti-gay post on a social networking site regrets the comments and will resign his seat, he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday. “I’m sorry I’ve hurt people with my comments,” Clint McCance, vice-president of the Midland School District in Pleasant [...]
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Arkansas School Board Member: “The only way im wearin (purple)…is if they all commit suicide”

Originally posted in Community Blog

TweetTwo news items from yesterday: 1) The Department of Education sent out a letter to schools that “clarifies the relationship between bullying and discriminatory harassment,” observing that since homophobic bullying is gender-based, it violates the law, and schools must address and prevent it. 2) A school board official in Arkansas (Clint McCance) declared on Facebook that wearing [...]
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Fort Worth, TX Councilmember Tells GLBT Kids “It Gets Better”

TweetJoel Burns is my new hero. At this Tuesday’s Fort Worth City Council meeting, Burns used his platform as a councilmember to tell his story for the first time, and to express what he wished he was able to show all of the GLBT youth — and the 13-year old boy he once was — [...]
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Round-up: Responses to the gay teen suicides, bullying and It Gets Better campaign

TweetIt’s been a tough few weeks for queer youth. We’ve had five (at least that we know of and have gotten media attention) gay youth take their lives as a direct result of bullying or harassment based on their sexual orientation. It reveals a truth we all know–it’s really hard to be different, especially as [...]
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