Palm Springs is known across the country as a gay-friendly place to live and visit.
While that atmosphere of openness can provide some benefits for LGBT teenagers in the valley, it doesn't eliminate their struggles.
“For a young person, just because there's a visible gay population in Palm Springs, doesn't necessarily mean it reflects them or their community,” said Angela Kinley, a youth development coordinator with SafeHouse of the Desert.
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LGBT and ally organizations across the country unite under GSA Network’s
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Jeffree Clark-Merteuil knows the hardships gay students face in school.
"In my case, it was very much, 'I'm alone, I'm the only one like this, I'm different,'" said Clark-Merteuil, the president of the Frontier High School Gay-Straight Alliance. "I felt alone and ostracized."
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SB 543 will increase access to mental health services for at-risk youth
SAN FRANCISCO, September 30, 2010 – Gay-Straight Alliance Network applauds Governor Schwarzenegger who last night signed The Mental Health Services for At-Risk Youth Act (SB 543) into law.
They claim school district took no action
Asher Brown's worn-out tennis shoes still sit in the living room of his Cypress-area home while his student progress report — filled with straight A's — rests on the coffee table.
The eighth-grader killed himself last week. He shot himself in the head after enduring what his mother and stepfather say was constant harassment from four other students at Hamilton Middle School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.
High school junior Benji Delgadillo will begin this school year differently than in years past — he’s coming out.
The 16-year-old, who identifies as gender queer, will now relate to his classmates at San Juan Hills High as a male. And while he lives in a conservative southern California town in Orange County, he’s looking forward to the school year.
Under an anti-harassment policy passed by the Anniston Board of Education Wednesday, students are explicitly protected from bullying based on their race, gender, religion or disability. Sexual orientation? Not so much. With Wednesday’s unanimous vote, Anniston joined school systems across the state in passing an official policy for dealing with bullying and harassment. The move is required by the Student Harassment Prevention Act, passed by the Alabama Legislature in the wake of a wave of bullying-related suicides across the country.
A school district in rural Mississippi that canceled its prom rather than allow a lesbian student to attend with her girlfriend has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit the ACLU filed on her behalf.
The school district also agreed to follow a nondiscrimination policy as part of the settlement, though it argues such a policy was already in place.