Bryan Fischer, the host of the American [Heterosexual Only] Family Association’s [AFA] radio show, Focal Point, recently declared on an AFA blog post that GLSEN was to blame for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender suicides. His theory, it seems, is that you can eliminate the high incidents of suicide in LGBT kids by eliminating LGBT kids.
School board members in Fulton, Mississippi have taken a harsh stance against girls dating girls. On February 5, 2009, the school board circulated a memorandum stating that same-sex couples will not be allowed to attend prom, in direct violation of legal protections against discrimination. Constance McMillen, however, wanted to take another girl to the prom as her date.
Utah Newspaper Rejects Gay Wedding Announcement – Tyler Barrick and Spencer Jones live in San Francisco and were married June 17, 2008. Mr. Jones is originally from Utah and wanted the announcement printed in his hometown paper – prior to a family party there. The clerk at The Spectrum initially accepted the announcement information along with the payment – then later the announcement was decined. The Spectrum had been on GLAAD’s list of inclusive newspapers – and GLAAD did try to help but without success. The announcement has since been published in The Salt Lake Tribune – another local paper.
Tennessee Schools Agree to Remove Anti-LGBT Filter – In April 2009 the ACLU sent a letter to the Nashville school district. The district had set up filters on school computers – blocking access to LGBT friendly websites. Students were having to out themselves to their teachers to try to gain access.
Canada Health Collective Rx Denies Transgender – A new pharmacy opened in Vancouver, Canada – operated by the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective. The pharmacy however does not offer its services to Transgender or Transexual women. A group called the “Femininjas” went to the pharmacy during the hours posted on the Collective’s website and found the doors locked. A statement which appears on the Collective’s website reads: “We feel that it is essential that a woman be born a woman and have the physiology of a woman and the psychological experiences of living as a girl and a woman in order to embrace the work of the Vancouver Women’s Health collective.” The “Femininjas” are not the first group of ladies to be denied service.
Defendant in NY Murder Charged with Hate Crime – They were just attending a party – that’s all. It was last November on a Friday night. Lateisha Green was a Transgender woman – still in transition.
A 44 year old Bolingbrook, IL man was charged with aggravated battery and a hate crime after beating up a 15 year old boy while making derogatory remarks about the juveniles sexuality. The boy, who had apparently gone to the house to visit a friend, refused medical treatment; however, he did report the assault to his mother who contacted the police.
In 1989, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services compiled a study indicating that Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual peers and such suicides likely compromised up to 30% of the overall youth suicide rate. The study was quickly sealed by the administration of George H. W. Bush.