"When we last checked in with Caleb Laieski — a gay teen from Arizona who started his anti-bullying activism when he was forced to drop out of high school at the age of 16 — he was in the middle of a month long lobbying crusade, meeting with legislators on Capitol Hill to garner support for the Student Non-Discrimination Act. Now, two months later, Caleb is back from his third trip to Washington D.C. this year, where most recently he was an invited guest of the White House to attend President Barack Obama’s LGBT Pride Reception on June 29." Read full story at
Bullied gay teen meets with President Obama, proposes LGBT youth advisor.
GOP presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty were challenged by a gay teen at the Iowa State Fair on Friday. Read full story at Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty Challenged By Gay Teen Gabe Aderhold
"A sixth student targeted by anti-LGBT bullying in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District has sued, claiming that administrators turned a blind eye to the abuse she suffered." Read full story at: Student Sues Minn. School District Over Antigay Bullying.
Wendy Walsh walked outside her house in Tehachapi, Calif., last year to find her son Seth hanging from a plum tree. The attempted suicide, which led to his death days later, occurred after the 13-year-old had urged his mother to pick him up from the park because other kids were bullying him. The harassment wasn't a onetime event; children at school had made fun of him for years because he was gay. "I know this will bring much pain, but I will hopefully be in a better place than this s--thole," said the suicide note that Wendy read in an interview with TIME. "And make sure to make the school feel like s--t for bringing you this sorrow."
Read full story at Can a Bullied Boy Leave California a Legal Legacy?
"Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann’s failure to address a disturbing trend of teen suicides within her own congressional district does not reflect well on her White House ambitions, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi told The Advocate Thursday" Read full story in Pelosi to Bachmann: Address the Teen Suicides in Your District.
Jay Jordan Hawke is author of the Two-spirit Chronicles, which includes: Pukawiss the Outcast, A Scout is Brave, and Onwaachige the Dreamer.