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LGBTQ-inclusive lessons improve school climate, research finds

A report released this week by Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the California Safe Schools Coalition (CSSC) provides new insight into the impact on individual students and school climate as a whole when different class lessons include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and issues.

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San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

LGBT Students Give Secretary Duncan Homework

While many students sign yearbooks and trade digits and Twitter handles as school closes, Secretary Arne Duncan began June on assignment: using student input to expand Department efforts to help eliminate bullying against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) student community.

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Homeroom Blog of Department of Education

New Research Shows LGBTQ-Inclusive Lessons Improve School Climate

June 5, 2012

Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the California Safe Schools Coalition release the latest report in their School Research Brief series, “Lessons That Matter: LGBTQ Inclusivity and School Safety.”

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Schools are finally getting tougher on gay bullying

Bottle-blond bangs swept over one eye — this, the other boys whispered, was not a man's haircut. One of them — a popular, handsome specimen — grew particularly incensed at his classmate's new look. He formed a posse and found a pair of scissors. After locating the blond boy, the gang tackled him. The boy screamed for help, but none came. Lock by lock, his hair was lopped off.Soon after, the boy disappeared from school. Eventually, he returned, his hair clipped short and back to its natural brown color.

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Houston Press

17 Students Honored for Service to the LGBTQ Community

San Francisco, May 21, 2012 – eQuality Scholarship Collaborative has announced the recipients of its 2012 scholarships, presented at the 23rd Annual Awards Dinner held Friday at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.

Seventeen young leaders from throughout the State were honored and recognized for their service to the LGBTQ community.  Fifteen graduating high school seniors received $5,000 scholarships toward their post-secondary education.  A nursing and a medical scholarship also were awarded.

This year’s recipients included:

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Why Zero Tolerance Is Not the Solution to School Bullying

Last month an Indianapolis teenager named Darnell "Dynasty" Young brought a stun gun to his high school and fired it into the air.

On Tuesday Young was expelled. Problem solved. He got what he deserved, right?

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Huffington Post

Darnell 'Dynasty' Young's expulsion puts spotlight on IPS' handling of bullying

Indianapolis Public Schools' decision to expel a 17-year-old Tech High School student who brought a stun gun to school to scare away bullies has raised questions about whether the district takes bullying seriously.

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Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis Teen Says He Needed Stun Gun To Protect Himself From Bullies

Several groups who advocate for equal rights have come to the defense of an Indianapolis teenager expelled for firing a stun gun in school.

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NPR's StateImpact

Bullied gay student who fired stun gun is expelled

A gay student who said he fired a stun gun in the air at school when bullies threatened him has been expelled, according to the school district.

Darnell “Dynasty” Young, a junior at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, may return to school in the district on Jan. 7, 2013, Indianapolis Public Schools said Tuesday in an e-mail statement.

Young, 17, said bullies hounded him daily. The harassment escalated on April 16, when a group surrounded him at school and threatened to beat him up, according to the Indianapolis Star.

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Gay Teen Who Fired Stun Gun in the Air to Scare Away Menacing Bullies Expelled from School

A sad yet not entirely unexpected development in the case of the openly gay teen who used a stun gun to chase away his bullies: Darnell "Dynasty" Young has been expelled from Arsenal Tech High School until January of next year.

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