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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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MSNBC

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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Gawker

Queer youth lobby lawmakers on school discipline bills

Nearly 50 high school students from communities throughout California came to Sacramento Monday to lobby state legislators in support of two bills aimed at protecting students from extreme or unjust discipline policies.

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Bay Area Reporter

Youth to Meet with Elected Officials to Advocate for School Safety & Equality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Youth to Meet with Elected Officials to Advocate for School Safety & Equality
Press conference at 11:00 with legislators and youth speakers

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GSA Network Lauds White House Endorsement of Essential Protections for LGBT Students

GSA Network Lauds White House Endorsement of Essential Protections for LGBT Students:

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:

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'Bully' Gets a PG-13 Rating So We Highlight Young Action Takers

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.

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