The bullying began in the seventh grade for 17-year-old Calen Valencia.
He struggled through rampant homophobic taunts and other harassment at the hands of his peers after coming out as bisexual.
So much so that his parents transferred him out of his Tulare-area middle school by the eighth grade. “It was a really bad and toxic environment to be in,” said Valencia, a high school senior who adopted the name “Calen” and now self-identifies as a transgender, and as a male.
LGBT History Month ended yesterday, but in California, the campaign for an honest account of history in our schools has just begun.
Education funding is an LGBT issue. It is time to come out about this as students, as parents, and as school and public safety employees. Well-funded schools mean LGBT student safety, learning, and achievement in education. When teachers are laid off, GSA advisors are laid off and safe spaces vanish. LGBT youth, especially low-income LGBT youth of color, are most impacted by decreased funding to public education. Schools often cite the lack funding to implement or enforce safe schools laws. And schools cannot address bullying and harassment without resources.
... Reaching out to GSAs is a relatively recent development in the Greater Palm Springs Pride organization and others like it across the state and nation. However, it should come as no surprise. The number of GSA chapters and members has been on a rapid rise. There are nearly 900 chapters across the state representing some 60 percent of high schools and 1 percent of middle schools, said Yvonna Cázares, policy manager for the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, a California organization that helps students form GSA clubs.
LA MIRADA - Anthony Escobar says he's been bullied for three years at La Mirada High School.
The 17-year-old senior has been shoved in the hallway, called anti-gay slurs and told he's "going to hell" for being gay and wearing makeup.
"School is a nightmare," Escobar said. "I have to keep my guard up."
The problem isn’t a secret: California schools suspend more students than they graduate, tracking them to jail instead of to success. But Ramiro Rubalcaba was surprised when he found himself being part of the solution.
...The lawsuit was filed in Fresno by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California on behalf of two parents in the district, the American Academy of Pediatrics California District IX and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network. The law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett provided pro bono assistance.
A school district in California's Central Valley is putting teens' health at risk by failing to provide students with information about condoms and contraception, two parents and a coalition of groups said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday over the district's sex education program.
The lawsuit is the first of its kind in California since the passage of a 2003 law requiring that sexual health education in public schools be comprehensive and medically accurate, the American Civil Liberties Union said.
A bunch of rational people are suing the Clovis Unified School District in California for allegedly violating state law by telling kids they won't get pregnant if they're not sleep-deprived, whoreish loners.
For Release: August 21, 2012
Clovis Unified School District Sued Over Sex Education
GSA Network joins parents, doctors in first-of-its-kind lawsuit