Amber Hatcher, a 16-year-old lesbian, student in the state of Florida, wanted to observe the National Day of Silence which took place on April 20 and which is a campaign organized by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) for increasing students-and-teachers' awareness of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.
The principle is simple: to remain silent during a day to call attention to the silencing effect of bullying.
So Amber, wishing to observe this campaign last April within her school, had required the permission of the her school principal Shannon Fusco who immediately threatened her with "ramifications".
From now on, the school district of Anoka-Hennepin in Minnesota doesn't require teachers to remain neutral concerning the sexual orientation anymore. It should help to stop LGBT bullying.
In California, the company which provides web filters and in particular anti-gay websites filters in schools decided to drop them.
California passed the bill which will allow integration of the history of our community in the schools' program.
A principal in Florida outed two lesbian students to their parents after lecturing and threatening them because they were holding hands.
Tammy Aaaberg, mother of a student who committed suicide vis-a-vis perpetual bullying of other students, met Michele Bachmann and requested from her to denounce anti-LGBT bullying publicly.
A new survey realized in Minnesota shows that most of the LGBT students have been bullied at school, this harassment was based on their sexual orientation.
Last week, Lady Gaga met White House's officials. Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, said that she was "deeply moved" by her meeting with Lady Gaga and looks forward to working with her "to help make our society more kind, inclusive and equal."
The Court of Illinois decided that Heidi Zamecnik could wear her t-shirt with the printed slogan: “Be happy, Not gay”.
I am about to graduate from a women’s college in Virginia. I have always loved it here: the people, the community. Generally, I feel safe. I feel secure. I know I can walk around campus holding hands with my girlfriend and no one will care. But trans issues at a women’s college are complicated. Again, I know I am safe, but there are constraints to that safety.
According to transgenderlaw.org, almost 400 colleges and universities have protections for genderqueer students. Some states are more progressive than others. It’s always a good idea to look up the policy at any college or university you are considering.