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Your resource for news and information which features or directly impacts young adults; Frequent topics include K-12 schools and higher education, young adult media, young adult advocates, coming out, family and community acceptance, youth homelessness, and student advocacy including Gay Straight Alliances and safe schools initiatives.

Indiana: Bullied gay teen faces expulsion after firing self-protection device

After her son, Dynasty Young, 17, reported several instances of bullying that were not properly addressed by school administrators, Chelisa Grimes sent her son to school with a self-protection device. On April 16, allegedly after being cornered by a group of students who called him names, cursed and threatened to beat him up, Dynasty fired the device into the air. The students backed off, and no one was injured. Shortly thereafter, school police officers came into Dynasty's classroom and handcuffed him. Dynasty has been suspended from school and is now facing expulsion.

The Indianapolis Star
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May 3, 2012

How a Bullied Gay Marion Teen Used Secret Identity to Fight Back

Matt Shankles lost friends and self-esteem and his depression grew when his eighth-grade classmates learned he was gay. They bullied him relentlessly.

He one day locked himself in his bathroom and jammed the door shut with a drawer, intending to end his life with of a box of X-Acto blades.

"I hated myself more than I hate war," said Shankles, 16, now a Linn-Mar High School sophomore. "More than I hate famine, more than I hate hate."

Thankfully, Shankles didn't die that day.

Marion Patch
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May 1, 2012

LGBT en Español: Capta la Atención Cambio de Norma en Miss Universo, Gana Pocos Puntos Un Beso Gay Entre Jugadores de Fútbol, y ¡mas!

En esta edición de LGBT en Español: abordamos la cobertura de medios de habla español sobre el cambio de norma en Miss Universo que permite a las mujeres transgénero competir, cómo reaccionaron los medios mexicanos ante un beso entre dos jugadores de futbol, ¡y mas!

LGBT en Español: Miss Universe Rule Change Garners Attention, Soccer Same-Sex Kiss Scores Few Points, and More

In this edition of LGBT en Español, see how Spanish-language media outlets covered the rule change in Miss Universe that allows transgender women to compete, and how Mexican media reacted to a kiss between two soccer players, and more!

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