SAN DIEGO — The San Diego school board adopted an anti-bullying policy on Tuesday during a meeting that turned emotional when students, teachers and district officials shared personal stories of harassment brought on by their sexual orientation.
Irene Rojas-Carroll was always troubled by the fact that her social studies lessons failed to mention people like her.
Important figures of various ethnicities, races or cultures were present in her history books, but references to contributions made by bisexuals like Irene were nonexistent.
Gays, lesbians and transgender people were left out too, the El Cerrito High School senior noted.
Seventy high school students who participate in gay-straight alliance clubs at their campuses had the opportunity to meet several of their state representatives in Sacramento this week as part of an experience that grew beyond the usual civics lesson.
Group Heads to Sacramento to Have Their Voices Heard
Estimates from organizations that track teen bullying show that at least 30 percent of teenagers in the United States have either been victims of bullying or victimizers. With the rise of social networking, cyber-bullying has given the problem a new medium and students from all over California took steps this week to fight against the harassment.
BILL: Area lawmakers among sponsors of FAIR Education Act.
LONG BEACH - A bill passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week and supported by local lawmakers would require schools to teach about the contributions of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans.
The California Legislature could soon pass a bill that would require school textbooks and teachers to incorporate information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans into their curriculum.
Reporting from Sacramento -- As the battle over same-sex marriage makes its way through California's courts, another gay rights fight is smoldering in the Legislature.
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Youth to Meet with Elected Officials to Call for Protections Against Bullying and Discrimination
Press conference at 11:00 with legislators and youth speakers
Student Advocates to Call on Elected Officials to
Protect Against Bullying and Discrimination
Myndi Hardgrave is proud to be the faculty adviser for the Gay-Straight Alliance — but she prays for the day when the club can be put to rest at Hanford West High School.
“Gay-Straight Alliances should not exist,” she says. “It is sad and shameful that in 2011 our society is still so ignorant and closed-minded that a GSA is necessary to protect our students.”