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Parents, doctors, gay-straight alliance sue school over abstinence-only policy

A group of parents, physicians and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network are suing the Clovis Unified School District in California over an abstinence-only-until-marriage sex ed program.

The lawsuit alleges that the district is violating California law and putting teens’ health at risk by teaching students misinformation and denying them critical instruction about condoms and contraception.

A 2003 state law requires that sexual health education in public schools be comprehensive, medically accurate, bias-free and appropriate for students of all sexual orientations.

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Wisconsin Gazette

Bullying + Zero Tolerance ≠ Safe Schools

Ray Ferronato is a Gay-Straight Alliance Network youth leader and senior at Antioch High School in Antioch, California. Shaquille Carbon is a recent graduate from Northwestern High School in Northwest Baltimore, and is an active leader in the Baltimore Algebra Project and the Alliance for Educational Justice.

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Huffington Post

EQCA and GSAN Call For Audit Of Compliance With Anti-Bullying Laws

Equality California and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network have partnered with Assemblymembers Ricardo Lara and Besty Butler to ask that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee authorize an audit of California’s school districts to investigate the level of compliance with laws that protect students against discrimination, bullying and harassment.

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Lez Get Real

Sigue el acoso contra estudiantes LGBT

SACRAMENTO- "No me siento suficientemente segura, ni bienvenida. Me siento sola y sin recursos para defenderme", confesó Calen Valencia, estudiante de secundaria que ha sido víctima de abuso físico y verbal desde que hizo pública su identificación sexual.

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La Opinion

Audit Will Hold Schools Accountable for Protecting All Students

Audit Requested to Hold Schools Accountable for Protecting All Students   

Legislators and LGBT Organizations Question School Districts' Compliance with Anti-Bullying Laws in California Schools  

UPDATE: Audit request approved in 9-4 bipartisan vote by Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

 

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Calif. lawmakers want to know if anti-bullying laws actually protect gay students

California lawmakers plan to request a state audit on how schools and local education agencies apply anti-bullying and harassment laws in response to recent incidents in which students were targeted for their sexual orientation.

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89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Distritos escolares avanzan en enseñanza de LGBT

SACRAMENTO.- Los distritos escolares de California se encuentran en distintas etapas de la implementación de una ley que obliga desde enero de este año a las escuelas públicas de California a enseñar a los estudiantes en las clases de ciencias sociales, la historia y aportaciones de la comunidad gay, lésbica, transexual y bisexual (LGBT).

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La Opinion

Gathering to Advance National Gay-Straight Alliance Movement

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Youth Activists from 25 States Gather in Louisville, KY to Advance National Gay-Straight Alliance Movement

The 7th annual National Gathering of Gay-Straight Alliance Networks will focus on ending bullying and creating safe schools for all students

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Best of the Bay 2012: Best Superfriends

The "It Gets Better" campaign may get all a lot of press when it comes to encouraging queer teens to hang in there in the face of bullying and fear, and not succumb to depression. But there's an amazing organization that, for the past 14 years, has been working to empower teens to make it better right now.

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San Francisco Bay Guardian

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