Tag: LGBT Youth

A Sad Bullying Irony in My Facebook Feed

Two headlines appeared in my Facebook feed one right after the other tonight, in what can only be described as a sad irony if I use the word “irony” as liberally as most.


March 9, 2011 1

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: GLSEN is to Blame for LGBT Suicides

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.


October 13, 2010 0

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Mississippi isn’t Burning – It’s Flaming

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.


March 11, 2010 1

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (August 13, 2009 – August 19, 2009)

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.


August 21, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (July 11, 2009 – July 24, 2009)

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.


July 27, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings (May 24, 2009 – May 29, 2009)

British Clergy Fear New LGBT Rights Bill in UK – In the U.S. some Church leaders, and others on the far right, have expressed major concerns that the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill now in the Senate will hurt the rights of the Church to preach to Church members. Well, it looks as though our community here in the U.S. is not alone in trying to correct misinterpretations and misunderstandings. In Britain there is an existing law titled the “Criminal Justice and Immigration Act”, and this year a new “clause” has been proposed. Our brothers and sisters in the UK seem to be experiencing similar frustrations. The Public Order Act of 1986 includes Part 3 which prohibits expressions of “racial hatred”. This new “clause” is simply extending the protection to the LGBT community. The “clause” or Part 3 is not meant to cause any new concerns to leaders of a Church.
LGBT Hate Crime in Cape Cod – A young man named Eric Patten, just 23 years old, was quite drunk and was asked to leave a club in Provincetown. According to police he began screaming anti-homosexual slurs on the sidewalk outside the club and approached and began attacking two lesbian women.


May 31, 2009 0

44 Year Old Man Beats up 15 Year Old Boy for Being Gay

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.


January 22, 2009 5

Protecting our Children from Themselves

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.


December 29, 2008 2