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Is “Affirmation” Enough To Prevent Gay Teen Suicides?

petitions:

(via Keep Shameful Ex-Gay Leaflets Out of Schools! - The Petition Site)

What a coincidence, they pulled the same crap in another Maryland city.

petitions:

(via Keep Shameful Ex-Gay Leaflets Out of Schools! - The Petition Site)

What a coincidence, they pulled the same crap in another Maryland city.

Act Now: Anti-LGBT Organization Attack GLSEN PSAs Set to Air at Super Bowl

From GLSEN:

Anti-LGBT extremists are campaigning to make this Sunday’s Super Bowl a showcase for intolerance. I need your help to thank the object of their pressure for standing up to them.

Anti-gay activist Linda Harvey of Mission America is trying to pressure Grazie Media — owner of the Jumbotron outside the Super Bowl stadium in Indianapolis — to cancel air time it generously donated to GLSEN.

That would have meant pulling the plug on highly visible presentations of our ThinkB4YouSpeak public service ads featuring NBA star Grant Hill and comedian Wanda Sykes.

Thank Grazie Media for Standing Strong Against Anti-LGBT Extremism

Grazie Media has stood against the pressure, and we want them to know they did the right thing and have the strongest gratitude of GLSEN supporters. We need your help to send a strong message of support to Grazie Media right now. Yours is critical. Just click on the link above or below, and add your name and email address to our letter.

Grazie Media will know right away that people like you won’t tolerate organized anti-LGBT bigotry.

Harvey and her followers are counting on a wave of publicity about their attack on GLSEN and LGBT and allied youth. Grazie Media must know fair-minded people like you are speaking out, too.

Sign Our Thank-You Letter to Grazie.
Keep the Super Bowl Safe for GLSEN’s Anti-Bullying Message

Thank you for taking immediate action. We’ll keep you posted as this outrageous story unfolds.


Eliza Byard
Executive Director”

Sign Petition: Thank the Jewish Press for standing up to anti-gay bullies

From Truth Wins Out:

The Jewish Press published a groundbreaking op-ed by last week by my friend,  Chaim Levin, who explained in the newspaper that he had been harmed by an ex-gay” therapy program that had been recommended to him by the Orthodox Jewish Community.  

The reaction to the op-ed by anti-gay activists was ferocious.  

According to the newspaper: “Following the publication of this op-ed, a number of Jewish Press advertisers were approached and threatened. They were told to stop advertising with the Jewish Press.”

Instead of backing down, the Jewish Press wrote a brave editorial defending Levin’s op-ed and boldly claimed that, “The Jewish Press won’t be silenced.”

Please thank the Jewish Press for standing up to homophobic bullies who want to intimidate the newspaper into omitting any positive portrayal of gay Orthodox Jews. They have stood firm and I hope the LGBT community will express its gratitude by signing Truth Wins Out’s petition.

 

Sign Petition Here

Sincerely,

Truth Wins Out
Post Office Box 96

Burlington, VT 05402”

A petition against Michigan's bullying law

whitepool:

generalwinter:

nilamarthiel | plusminustimesdivide | religiousragings | gaywrites:

In the face of Michigan’s horrid new bill condoning bullying for religious purposes, someone has started a Change.org petition telling the state government not to pass the bill.

A strange side note - the author of the petition used the text from the GayWrites post about the bill as the body of letter. And I swear it wasn’t me! Whoever did this, you’re pretty cool.

Sign the petition at the link above!

SIGN SIGN SIGN!!!

Please sign this. I was a victim of childhood bullying. It wasn’t bad, but it was enough to severely affect me all the way until I was  junior in high school.  The thought of bullying in any form being legitimized by the government is disturbing. No person should ever be bullied for any reason.

I was also a victim of bullying, to a degree I’m not sure if I’m comfortable sharing at this moment. By teachers, by staff, by students — I was bullied for any number of reasons that my mother couldn’t even stop even though she was a principal at my school — my principal, for a while. This bill should have stopped my siblings from getting the same treatment I did in school, not enable other students to make it even worse. Your siblings, your kids, your students — they all deserve to be protected from physical/mental/emotional abuse, regardless of their background. Those scars stay forever. Please sign this petition.

signal fucking boost

FINALLY.

Sign everyone! Sign sign sign!

Bully beats up gay student on video: Tell Ohio school district to protect LGBT students

kitelikeaman:

A 15-year-old teenager was caught on video being severely beaten in his high school class room for being gay. The attack occurred at Union-Scioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio, and was caught on camera as fellow class members watched one teen wait for the victim to enter the room, push him to the ground, and continually punch him in the face. The victim suffered broken teeth and a possible concussion. The perpetrator was suspended for just 3 days.

Union-Scioto has no policy in place that specifically protects students from being bullied or attacked based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Union-Scioto Local School District does have a policy that prohibits harassment based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, among others, but it does not specifically protect against harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Tell the Union-Scioto School District to protect LGBT students by prohibiting harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity and to send a message that this beating was unconscionable by expelling the perpetrator!

c’mon guys.

Already blogged about this but I’ll reblog this too.

Gay teen beaten on video

From Change.org:

"The cell phone video is grainy, but what it shows is simple enough: A 15-year-old boy being viciously beaten because he’s gay. 

The incident took place last week at Unioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio. In the video, there’s a skinny 15-year-old boy in a classroom full of students. A much bigger boy says something to him. The smaller boy tries to walk away, but the bigger boy punches him. First once. Then again. Then over and over while the smaller boy curls on the ground, writhing in pain. 

"I covered myself, I shielded my body, and he just kept hitting me," the victim said later. "Nobody did anything [to help me]."

Despite the brutal beating being caught on video, the bully received only three days’ suspension, which means he could be back to school as soon as this week.The Union-Scioto school district has an anti-bullying policy that protects for gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and disability — but not sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Bret Thompson is from Ohio, too, and he was appalled when he read about the school district’s lax handling of such a serious incident. Bret started a petition on Change.org demanding that the Union-Scioto school district enact an anti-bullying policy that will protect LGBT students to prevent future beatings like this one. Click here to watch the cell phone video of the incident and sign Bret’s petition right now.

The victim’s mom, Rebecca Collins, says this wasn’t the first time her son was bullied for being gay. In fact, just two days before the beating, Rebecca’s son posted a picture of himself on Facebook, and the boy who later beat him up commented that the picture was “the definition of a fag.”

Perhaps most upsetting of all, the beating took place in a classroom during the few minutes between classes, when teachers are required to roam the halls to make sure kids aren’t getting into trouble. Clearly, the current anti-bullying policy in the Union-Scioto School District isn’t working.

Union-Scioto district officials want this incident handled quickly and quietly, but they need to know that Ohioans take the issue of anti-LGBT attacks extremely seriously. As Bret Thompson says, “If the school administrators won’t send a message to their student body that this is unacceptable, we’ll just have to send a message to them.”

Please sign Bret’s petition demanding that the Union-Scioto school district enact a policy to protect LGBT students from bullying:

http://www.change.org/petitions/bully-beats-up-gay-student-on-video-tell-ohio-school-district-to-protect-lgbt-students-from-assault

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Eden and the Change.org team

P.S. Anti-gay bullying is pervasive throughout North America. Here are some other actions you can take to help fight this important issue:

  1. After a gay teen took his life in Ottawa, Claudia Van den Heuvel started this petition to improve conditions at Ottawa-Carleton District Schools.
  2. Sean Chapin — who inspired the San Francisco Giants to make their “It Gets Better” video — is asking the 49ers to become the first team in the NFL to make a video to stand up to anti-gay bullying
  3. Elle’ Kelly was tired of being bullied at her middle school in Georgia, so she started a petition on Change.org asking her school to start a Gay Straight Alliance.
  4. Gloria Nieto wants her favorite hockey team, the San Jose Sharks, to be the first NHL team to send a strong message that bullying is wrong, and that “It Gets Better.”

Why won’t Michele Bachmann talk about the suicides in her district?

From CREDO Action:

Dear Friend,

A string of nine teen suicides have devastated Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District — the largest district in the state, which is represented by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Many of the suicides have been linked to students being bullied for their perceived homosexuality, which has prompted a federal investigation of the district’s failure to address anti-gay harassment.

Unfortunately, Anoka-Hennepin enforces a dangerous “neutrality policy” — a gag rule that handcuffs teachers from adequately addressing anti-gay bullying.

As a congresswoman and a former Anoka-Hennepin student, Michele Bachmann is in an important position to speak out against this rule, and the tragic suicides that have lead public health officials to call the area a “suicide contagion.”1 Instead, Bachmann has remained totally silent on this issue.

Tell Michele Bachmann: Denounce anti-gay bullying in your district.

In the past, Bachmann has opposed anti-bullying measures in schools. In 2006, she spoke to the Minnesota legislature in opposition to a proposed anti-bullying law.2

"I think for all of us, our experience in public schools is there have always been bullies," Bachmann said. "Always have been, always will be. I just don’t know how we’re ever going to get to the point of zero tolerance… What does it mean?… Will we be expecting boys to be girls?"

And of course, Bachmann has a long history of anti-gay statements, and came under fire recently after an investigation revealed that a Minnesota counseling clinic owned by Bachmann and her husband was practicing controversial and medically un-sound gay conversion therapy — while accepting Medicaid and other state and public moneys.

But regardless of her history, it is absolutely unacceptable that a member of Congress would ignore such a serious, tragic issue affecting her district.

Tell Michele Bachmann: Denounce anti-gay bullying in your district.

Nine out of 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students experience harassment at school3. These students are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers, and studies show that more than 1/3 of all LGBT youth have attempted suicide.4

Just last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized Bachmann’s failure to address Anoka-Hennepin’s neutrality policy, saying “I would think that if she wanted to be the President of the United States, she would understand that this is a larger issue than whether someone is gay or not, but as to whether someone is harassed and bullied to the point of seeing no way out.”5

No student should feel threatened or unsafe at school, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Rep. Michele Bachmann has an obligation to the constituents she represents to speak out, and do everything she can to stop this dangerous trend of teen suicides in her district.

Tell Michele Bachmann: Denounce anti-gay bullying in your district,

Thank you for standing up to bullies, both in the classroom and in elected office.

Mark Anthony Dingbaum, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. “Michele Bachmann Silent On Teen Suicides In Her School District, Opposed Anti-Bullying Bill,” The Huffington Post, 07-26-11.
2. “The Teen Suicide Epidemic in Michele Bachmann’s District,” Mother Jones, 07-25-11.
3. “2009 National School Climate Survey: Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT Students Experience Harassment in School,” Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, 09-14-10.
4. “Suicidal Signs and Facts,” The Trevor Project, 2010.
5. “Pelosi Goes After Bachmann, Says Silence On Anti-Gay Bullying Raises Doubts About Presidential Qualifications,” Think Progress, 07-29-11.”