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Youth Activists Are the Future

“It was really different back in the 1950s.” Phyllis Lyon’s words echoed around the auditorium where more than 400 middle and high school students sat listening to her talk about moving to the Castro district of San Francisco with her late wife Del Martin in 1955 and founding the Daughters of Bilitis. She recounted getting a phone call from one of the few lesbians the pair had met. “Do you want to come to a meeting?” the woman had asked. “A few of us want to start a secret lesbian society,” Lyon stage whispered, at which the crowd of teens went wild with cheers and applause.

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Curve Magazine

Fatal shooting of eighth-grader in Oxnard became a national story

Melissa Crutcher looked around in disbelief, as she marched into Oxnard's Plaza Park on a Saturday in February, days after eighth-grader Larry King was shot inside his junior high classroom nearby.

Close to 1,000 people had joined her on a three-mile march in his honor, and when the crowd emptied into the park, she asked everyone to make a circle. There were so many people that we couldnt even fit everyone, she said. I was amazed, shocked.

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Ventura County Star

Parent’s response key to health of gay youth: Kids with parents who reacted negatively 8 times more likely to try suicide

SAN FRANCISCO - Young gay people whose parents or guardians responded negatively when they revealed their sexual orientation were more likely to attempt suicide, experience severe depression and use drugs than those whose families accepted the news, according to a new study.

The way in which parents or guardians respond to a youth's sexual orientation profoundly influences the child's mental health as an adult, say researchers at San Francisco State University. The findings appear in the January issue of Pediatrics and are being released Monday.

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8,500 Schools Participate in National Day of Silence

Resistance by the nation's most vehemently antigay groups could not keep the National Day of Silence from garnering a record number of participants this year. More than 8,500 middle schools, high schools, and colleges in the United States participated in the 12th annual day of action on April 25, which is coordinated by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network to promote safe school environments for LGBT and ally students.

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The Advocate

California’s GLBT Community Unites For Safety in Schools

Student advocates from across California will participate in Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2008, a three-day youth leadership summit co-sponsored by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Equality California Institute, Transgender Law Center and BIENESTAR. GLBT youth leaders and their allies will hold a press conference at the Sacramento, Calif., on May 5, nearly three months after the tragic death of Lawrence “Larry” King, who was shot in the head by a classmate at his Oxnard middle school.

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ON Magazine

Gay Youth’s Slaying Spurs Call for Tolerance

LOS ANGELES -- With his school uniform, eighth-grader Lawrence "Larry" King wore purple eye shadow, nail polish and pink lipstick. In the weeks before he died, he added purple boots with three-inch heels.

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Washington Post

GSA Network, Transgender Law Center, and EQCA Saddened Over Shooting Of Gay Jr. High School Student

SAN FRANCISCO – Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network), the Transgender Law Center (TLC), and Equality California (EQCA) are deeply saddened by the shooting of Lawrence King, a gay junior high school student in Oxnard, CA. The 15-year-old victim was shot at E.O. Green Junior High School on Tuesday morning and pronounced brain dead yesterday around 2 pm.

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San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center

2008 ushers in new laws

There must have been a lot of rainbow confetti on New Year's Eve as the LGBT community celebrated another record setting year of legal protections that went into effect January 1.

While Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger followed through on his promise to veto Assemblyman Mark Leno's (D-San Francisco) marriage equality bill for the second time, he also set another record by signing 11 gay bills into law in 2007. In 2006, Schwarzenegger signed eight bills into law.

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Heather Cassell

EQCA, GSA Network file motion to protect students from discrimination

SAN DIEGO - Equality California and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network are seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by anti-Gay organizations that would prevent enforcement of California statutes protecting students from discrimination, harassment and bullying in publicly funded schools.

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Seattle Gay News

EQCA, GSA Network File Motion To Protect Students

Equality California and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network filed a motion on Dec. 21 to intervene in federal district court in San Diego to defend the California statutes that prohibit discrimination and harassment in publicly funded schools, including the newly enacted Student Civil Rights Act (SB 777). EQCA was the official sponsor of SB 777, and both organizations actively supported the law. The two organizations are represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, the Transgender Law Center, the law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP and the Law Office of David C. Codell.

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San Francisco Bay Times