Vol. 9 No. 6 P. 6
A California social worker’s research into how family behaviors affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youths may soon transform how social service professionals promote these youths’ health and well-being.
Alameda County Superior Court judge Frank Roesch issued a temporary ruling Nov. 25 saying that the Alameda Unified School District's anti-bullying lessons do not fall under the category of health education. The ruling is a victory for AUSD and a defeat for the parents who sued the district hoping to keep their children out of the lessons.
A group of La Quinta High School students participated in a leadership conference aimed at bringing together students from Gay-Straight Alliance clubs throughout the Coachella Valley.
La Quinta High students were among 38 valley teens who attended the Oct. 24 conference, hosted by the College of the Desert Gay-Straight Alliance and the Palm Springs chapter of Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
Noa Raz, one of three Israeli queer youth activists who visited San Francisco last week, recalled the horror of August 1 when a gunman opened fire on a group of queer youths at Tel Aviv's gay community center.
Raz spoke to about 40 members of San Francisco's Jewish LGBT community on November 2, a day after Israeli officials announced the arrest and detainment (which occurred last month) of a suspect in the attack. However, Israeli police don't believe the suspect is the gunman.
"There was blood everywhere," recounted Raz.
SAN FRANCISCO — In one ad after another, voters in California and Maine were besieged with images of what would supposedly happen if same-sex marriage were legal: Students on a field trip to a lesbian wedding, elementary kids gobbling up books featuring gay couples, kindergartners learning about homosexuality from their teachers.
Armed with a message of God’s wrath and “imminent doom,” six members of the Westboro Baptist Church staged a peaceful protest outside San Diego High School Friday, but were overshadowed by a large counter-demonstration chanting messages of love and tolerance.
Hundreds turned out to try to silence Westboro’s members, who wore shirts with the church’s URL — GodHatesFags.com — on them. Members of the Topeka-based congregation also carried colorful signs that read, “America is Doomed,” “Antichrist Obama is Doomed” and — with no explanation — “You Will Eat Your Babies.”
On Oct. 12, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law two historic LGBT rights bills – one recognizing the contributions of slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk, and another underscoring that same-sex couples married before the passage of Proposition 8 are entitled to full recognition as married spouses in California, regardless of whether they married in California or out of state. Both bills were sponsored by Equality California (EQCA) and were introduced by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). The bills were the top priority of EQCA, and were targeted by right wing anti-gay groups who worked to defeat the bills first in the legislature and then urging the governor to veto the measures.
Students representing more than 25 San Fernando Valley Schools will meet this weekend for Gay-Straight Alliance Summit
[Excerpt from pages 7-8] On the national Day of Silence last April, I visited Daniel Webster Middle School in Los Angeles, one of 21 middle schools in California with a G.S.A. California is one of only 12 states that have passed laws to protect students from bullying and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
Data from a 2007 survey commissioned by the San Francisco Unified School District indicate that homophobic remarks are made frequently in schools citywide, regardless of neighborhood, an analysis by the Bay Area Reporter shows.
The survey results also show that teachers and staff often do not intervene when such comments are made.
But changes appear to be happening.
In 2007, students in grades 5-12 were presented with a school climate survey that asked them about violence and harassment, among other things.