I thought I'd share with you this very well-written response to Liam Payne by a gay teen, regarding Payne's controversial defense of Mr. Duck. (Phil Robertson) Just click here.
Very sad story - with video.
Excellent article from Time Magazine. "From playground cruelty to the online rumor mill, we're hearing more about bullying than ever, but are we getting better at helping kids and teens cope? TIME looks at the facts behind all those sensational headlines — what we know and don't know about why bullying happens and what we can do to minimize its effects." Read full article at: "A Separate Peace?"
I'm not even kidding. Read full story at: "School Kicks Out Teen For Being Gay."
Unfortunately, it looks like the "gay panic" defense is alive and well - even in California. For full story, read "Mistrial Declared for Teen Murderer of Gay Teen."
"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.
"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?
California governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Thursday that mandates the contributions of LGBT people be included in school lesson plans. Read full story here.
Daniel Radcliffe was honored with the Trevor Project Hero Award and dedicated it to "the real heroes," who he says "are the people who are staffing those call centers and picking up the phones, saving lives every single day." Read "Daniel Radcliffe Accepts Hero Award, Dedicates It to Suicide Prevention Volunteers."
Jay Jordan Hawke is author of the Two-spirit Chronicles, which includes: Pukawiss the Outcast, A Scout is Brave, and Onwaachige the Dreamer.