The Michigan Catholic Conference expressed dismay at the religious exemption clause in "Matt's Safe School Law." Although the Conference originally supported the bill, they withdrew their support when the religious exemption clause was added.
We mustn't blame the victims of bullying for simply being true to themselves. Let us instead focus our attention on shifting the conversation to how we can change people’s hearts and minds to be more accepting and supportive of all students, including those who come out as LGBT.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) last week introduced the “Real Education for Healthy Youth Act,” aimed at educating teenagers about LGBT people and issues in federally funded sex education programs.
Westerville South High School in the Ohio town of that name is the site of a second anti-gay attack on a student. Yesterday, a student at the school was called anti-gay slurs and then punched in the head several times and has had to undergo emergency medical testing in order to determine if he suffered a concussion.
"Ohio must have the courage to confront bullying," said Ed Mullen, the executive director of Equality Ohio. "Until our state's laws and school policies specifically address this problem, bullying will continue unabated and schools will remain unsafe."
Pop superstar Lady Gaga created her last album, Born This Way, to communicate a distinct message of acceptance and self-confidence with the LGBT community very much in mind, and today she announced the creation of the Born This Way Foundation to take her anti-bullying work to the next level.
JP Marzullo, Area 3 vice chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, wrote a powerful op-ed for the Concord Monitor in which he speaks lovingly of his son, who is gay, and asks fellow Republicans not to repeal marriage equality.
This weekend San Diego’s Patrick Henry High named Rebecca Arellano Homecoming King and her girlfriend, Haileigh Adams Queen, making national news and prompting an outpouring of support – and also some apparently VERY negative reactions.