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Write to givethemhellkid@ymail.com

To get homophobia back into the definition of ‘bullying’ in New Hampshire. Here was my e-mail. (And yes, it is a bit cheesy..)

As the creator of an LGBT blog, I get a lot of stories from my followers about homophobia they experience and advice on how to deal with it (especially in schools). It can be anything from being made fun of for having a ‘lesbian haircut’ or to actual physical abuse or harassment. Problems like this just can’t go by the wayside. In 2009, Carl Walker-Hoover hanged himself because of daily homophobic taunts at school. He was only 11. Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT youth (86.2%) reported being verbally harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation, nearly half (44.1%) reported being physically harassed and about a quarter (22.1%) reported being physically assaulted, according to GLSEN’s 2007 National School Climate Survey of more than 6,000 LGBT students. Many LGBT students are silenced into submission of homophobic remarks because if they speak out to defend their sexuality or the sexuality of others, they know they might be teased, harassed, or abused. Some of them might be expelled or be disowned or kicked out of their home if their principal or parents were to find out. 

In my coming out experience, I lost a lot of friends. Best friends of mine turned their back to me when I said I was bisexual. They thought I would steal their boyfriends. They no longer sat with me at lunch, invited me to things, and made jokes about me having AIDS. This went on for months. Suicidal thoughts came to my head often and I turned to cutting for support. I believe if my school had been more openly accepting of LGBT students, then they could’ve helped me a lot during this time. LGBT youth everywhere are gone unseen and unheard. Please put homophobia back into the definition of bullying. You might save a life.

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GLSENs Think B4 You Speak




Think B4 You Speak enters second phase.

After a remarkably successful first year of the “Think Before You Speak” campaign, the Ad Council and GLSEN launched a much harder-hitting second phase that will focus more directly on the consequences of anti-gay language. Download and share materials at thinkb4youspeak.com.

Think B4 you speak is a load of bullshit.

If you’re offended by someone saying, “That’s gay,” then you have problems you need to deal with that are completely unrelated to your homosexuality.

I respect GLSEN for the most part, but I think this whole thing is ridiculous. When someone says, “Oh, how gay” they’re not actually saying, “Oh! How homosexual!” They’re not using homosexual as a negative connotation, they’re using GAY. Which has more than one meaning.

If gay people are going to get pissed off because of it, then happy people should get pissed off too, because there are a lot more fucking happy people in the world than gay people.


And this is coming from a complete faggot, btw.

You can’t speak for all of us. Whenever I hear something described stupid described as gay, it hurts me because I feel like it’s offensive to my sexuality.

Also, I know gay used to mean happy, but now the only people who use that connotation are 80 year olds and the Flintstones theme song. Suddenly, it’s being used to mean stupid instead of homosexual.

It may not seem like it, and I know gay people and allies who use it to mean stupid too, but to everyone else it implants homophobia. I’ve heard children say things are “So gay!” before they even know what a homosexual is. When they grow up, they’re going to associate all LGBT with things that are stupid and shitty.

Words can hurt. Carl Walker-Hoover killed himself at 11 last year because of homophobic slurs. So maybe you don’t care, but obviously other people will.

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Shared Differences Examines LGBT Students of Color Experiences in School

Key Findings:

  • Across all groups, sexual orientation and gender expression were the most common reasons LGBT students of color reported feeling unsafe in school. More than four out of five students, within each racial/ethnic group, reported verbal harassment in school because of sexual orientation and about two-thirds because of gender expression. At least a third of each group reported physical violence in school because of sexual orientation.
  • More than half of African American/Black, Latino/a, Asian/Pacific Islander, and multiracial students also reported verbal harassment in school based on their race or ethnicity. Native American students (43%) were less likely than other students to report experiencing racially motivated verbal harassment.
  • About a quarter of African American/Black and Asian/Pacific Islander students had missed class or days of school in the past month because they felt unsafe. Latino/a, Native American, and multiracial students were even more likely to be absent for for safety reasons - about a third or more skipped class at least once or missed at least one day of school in the past month for safety reasons.
  • Native American students experienced particularly high levels of victimization because of their religion, with more than half reporting the highest levels of verbal harassment (54%), and a quarter experiencing physical violence (26%).
  • Less than half of students of color who had been harassed or assaulted in school in the past year said that they ever reported the incident to school staff. Furthermore, for those students who did report incidents to school staff, less than half believed that staff�s resulting response was effective.
  • Native American (57%) and multiracial (50%) students were more likely than other students of color in our survey to report incidents to a family member.
  • Performance at school also suffered when students experienced high levels of victimization. Students� overall GPA dropped when they reported high severities of harassment based on sexual orientation and/or race/ethnicity. Students experiencing high severities of harassment also reported missing school more often.
  • The report also looks at differing experiences based on the racial/ethnic make-up of students� schools. For all groups, LGBT students of color who were minorities in their school were much more likely to feel unsafe and experience harassment because of their race or ethnicity than those who were in the racial/ethnic majority.

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MN School District Settles for $25,000 After Teachers Subjected Student to Anti-Gay Harassment

NEW YORK, August 13, 2009 - GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is outraged by the actions of two Minnesota teachers who allegedly harassed a student for his perceived sexual orientation throughout the 2007-08 school year, and of the Anoka-Hennepin School District for its lack of action to ensure a safe learning environment for its students.
A Minnesota Department of Human Rights investigation found that “jokes, comments and innuendos led to a hostile, abusive environment” at the student’s high school. The investigation’s ruling led to a $25,000 settlement.

"The reports of what this student endured from his teachers are horrific," GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard said. "Teachers should be working to stop students from these types of hateful behaviors not encouraging them by modeling the behavior. That the school allegedly allowed harassment by students to continue even after it was made aware of the teachers’ behavior is unthinkable. We can only hope that the school district will do everything it can to ensure that no other student will ever have to go through the dehumanizing harassment this student suffered."

Among the alleged comments by the teachers:

—- When teacher Diane Cleveland learned that the student was doing a report on Ben Franklin for her class, she made comments in front of the class that implied that the student had a “thing for older men”;

—- When Cleveland’s class was watching the 1989 film, Christmas Vacation, Cleveland covered the screen during a swimming pool/bathing suit scene and commented, “It’s OK if [the student perceived to be gay] watches this because he isn’t into that sort of thing anyway … maybe if it was a guy.”

—- After students came to teacher Walker Filson’s classroom seeking male participates for a fashion show, Filson stated, “Take [the student perceived to be gay] because he enjoys wearing woman’s clothes. … He would love to be in the show.”
The student ultimately transferred to another district. Both teachers were allowed to keep teaching at the school.

Homophobic comments by teachers are, sadly, quite common. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students said they had heard such remarks from teachers or other school staff, according to GLSEN’s 2007 National School Climate Survey on the experiences of LGBT students in school.

A Minnesota research brief released in June using data from the National School Climate Survey found that 87% of Minnesota LGBT students experienced verbal harassment in school because of their sexual orientation, 41% experienced physical harassment and 14% experienced physical assault.

The report can be found at THIS LINK.

The settlement is another in a string of cases successfully brought against school districts across the country for failing to protect students from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Fifteen Expensive Reasons, a document from the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLSEN, highlights 15 such cases. It can be found at NCLR.org.

"Schools have a legal obligation to make sure their students have access to an education, and ignoring or encouraging anti-gay behavior deprives students of their right to an education," Byard said.

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Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s 2007 National School Climate Survey

- Almost all transgender students surveyed were verbally harassed in the past year at school because of their gender expression.

- Over half of all transgender students had been physically harassed in school in the past year because of their gender expression.

- Less than half of transgender students reported that they could find information about LGBT people, history, or events in their school library.

- Transgender students experiencing higher levels of harassment had significantly lower GPAs than those experiencing low levels of harassment.

- Transgender students experiencing higher levels of harassment were less likely to report that they were planning on going to college than those experiencing lower levels of harassment.

(6,209 LGBT students sampled, 295 students self-identified as transgender)

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