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California, Other States Prepare to Honor Milk

SAN FRANCISCO — Presidential Medal of Freedom? Got that. A place in the California Hall of Fame and Sean Penn playing you on-screen? Those, too.

Now, Harvey Milk has a holiday of sorts to call his own. California will observe its first day of "special significance" Saturday honoring the slain gay rights leader on what would have been his 80th birthday.

It took two legislative tries and the 2008 movie "Milk" to help persuade Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign a bill last fall establishing May 22 as Harvey Milk Day. Memorial events are planned in 20 other states.

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Kern High School Board Rejects Harvey Milk Day

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The Kern High School Board of Trustees has voted against commemorating the life of assassinated San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.

A special meeting was held in the district's board room Wednesday morning, after board Vice President Ken Mettler proposed a policy that would prevent schools within the district from recognizing Milk in the classroom.

With three yes votes, one no vote from President Joel Heinrichs and an abstention from Chairman Bill Perry, the motion was passed.

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There Won't Be Harvey Milk Day at Kern High Schools

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The first openly gay man to hold an elected office in California won't be honored on local high school campuses.

The Kern High School District Board of Trustees voted 3-1 Wednesday to not observe Harvey Milk Day on May 22.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Harvey Milk Day into law Oct. 12 last year.

Conservative trustee Ken Mettler raised the proposal earlier this month to not observe Harvey Milk Day. Both supporters and opponents showed up at the Wednesday morning special board meeting.

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LGBT and ALLIED Groups call on Congress to pass ENDA now

 
WASHINGTON, April 21 - Today, the nation's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations, along with allies in the faith, labor and civil rights communities, issued the following statement to members of the United States Congress:
 
 
"Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act NOW."
 

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Teen Can Now Wear "Gay Gay" Shirt to School

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and Lambda Legal said Monday they have received assurances that a student wearing T-shirts printed with pro-gay slogans won’t be censored. The school also will train staff on the anti-bullying policy to avoid harassment of any student.

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Student Sent Home for "Lady Gay Gay" T-Shirt

Greenbrier High School in White House, Tenn. sent a student home Monday on the grounds that his “I (Heart) Lady Gay Gay” T-shirt caused a “disruption,” prompting allegations of a free-speech violation. The shirt refers to gay icon Lady Gaga.

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Hundreds Gather in Fresno for Annual GSA Network Conference

 

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Contact:  Danielle Askini 
Phone:    415-740-8220
Email:     danielle@gsanetwork.org

 

Hundreds Gather in Fresno for Annual Gay-Straight Alliance Network Conference 
Student leaders will address school safety in the Central Valley

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ISU researchers publish national study on cyberbullying of LGBT and allied youths

 AMES, Iowa - Schools are typically on guard against students who bully by inflicting repeated violence on other students. But technology has given rise to a relatively new form of bullying which inflicts emotional harm in a stealth manner, working through Web sites, chat rooms, e-mail, cell phones and instant messaging.

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Larry King to be remembered on 2nd anniversary of shooting

Eighth-grader Larry King will be remembered at vigils throughout the country Friday night, two years after he was shot to death by a classmate at his Oxnard junior high school.

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Youth Across the Country to Remember Slain Teen Lawrence King

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YOUTH ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO REMEMBER SLAIN TEEN LAWRENCE KING

Vigils will take place in Los Angeles and around the country on February 12
Register online for vigils in your area
 

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