Humboldt County gay rights advocates have joined a national campaign hoping to change legislation in order to stop the suicides of gay youth.
Today, members of more than 40 endorsing organizations are united to urge Congress to pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act.
NEW YORK — By the time she was in eighth grade, Rory Mann was so aware of the differences between her and other students that she couldn't bear to enter the cafeteria. Instead, she ate lunch alone on the cold, hard bathroom floor, propped against a wall.
Palm Springs is known across the country as a gay-friendly place to live and visit.
While that atmosphere of openness can provide some benefits for LGBT teenagers in the valley, it doesn't eliminate their struggles.
“For a young person, just because there's a visible gay population in Palm Springs, doesn't necessarily mean it reflects them or their community,” said Angela Kinley, a youth development coordinator with SafeHouse of the Desert.
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LGBT and ally organizations across the country unite under GSA Network’s
A nationwide effort to combat anti-LGBT bullying and prevent suicide
Jeffree Clark-Merteuil knows the hardships gay students face in school.
"In my case, it was very much, 'I'm alone, I'm the only one like this, I'm different,'" said Clark-Merteuil, the president of the Frontier High School Gay-Straight Alliance. "I felt alone and ostracized."
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In response to LGBT youth suicides, Gay-Straight Alliance Network launches
SB 543 will increase access to mental health services for at-risk youth
SAN FRANCISCO, September 30, 2010 – Gay-Straight Alliance Network applauds Governor Schwarzenegger who last night signed The Mental Health Services for At-Risk Youth Act (SB 543) into law.
They claim school district took no action
Asher Brown's worn-out tennis shoes still sit in the living room of his Cypress-area home while his student progress report — filled with straight A's — rests on the coffee table.
The eighth-grader killed himself last week. He shot himself in the head after enduring what his mother and stepfather say was constant harassment from four other students at Hamilton Middle School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.
High school junior Benji Delgadillo will begin this school year differently than in years past — he’s coming out.
The 16-year-old, who identifies as gender queer, will now relate to his classmates at San Juan Hills High as a male. And while he lives in a conservative southern California town in Orange County, he’s looking forward to the school year.