President Obama Supports Student Non-Discrimination Act and Safe Schools Improvement Act
After months of advocacy by LGBT youth and community activists, the White House released this statement today in support of two crucial bills to end harassment and bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression:
Unless you've been living in, I dunno Siberia, you've prolly heard about the documentary, "Bully." The film follows the story of five bullied students -- its blatant honesty and closeness really make it a compelling film. I'll admit it too: I cried more than Snooki at an international pickle festival. "Bully" exposes a lot of less discussed issues around bullying -- parents and teachers living in denial about their students being bullied, and that students are often afraid nothing will change even if they do speak up.
Many educators have already been including lessons that would meet the new requirements — discussing Franklin Delano Roosevelt's disability or debating current events such as the repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell” military policy.
CAMDENTON, Mo. — Students using the computers at Camdenton High School here in central Missouri have been able to access the Web sites for Exodus International, as well as People Can Change, antigay organizations that counsel men and women on how to become heterosexual.
But the students have not been able to access the Web sites of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or the Gay-Straight Alliance Network.
Hosted by Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Community Link
Info provided by the Gay/Straight Alliance Network:
FRESNO, March 23, 2012 – On Saturday, young people from across the Central Valley will join together for an annual youth-led conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and straight ally youth working to create safer schools for all students. Through workshops, a resource fair, and a keynote speech, the 2012 Expression Not Suppression conference, hosted by Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Community Link, will build students’ and adult allies’ skills to stop bullying and harassment at school based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
(from Billboard, March 2, 2012) Many artists are affiliated with some type of organization or charity that they strongly support and sometimes use to promote their product. Artists such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Cindy Lauper have previously toured in support of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community, and the trend continues with the recent partnership between Revel & Riot and fun. Revel & Riot is an organization that promotes LGTB through media, graphics, writing, and products on the Internet.
A bill intended to help stop antigay bullying in schools nationwide would move closer to passage if President Obama backed it, according to a letter sent to him by 70 organizations.
Josh Hutcherson, star of The Hunger Games, took a break from his promotional duties to speak with the Gay Straight Alliance at a Los Angeles high school, reports Celebuzz.