Young Adult

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.

Gay Texas Teen Dies By Suicide

Brandon Elizares knew what he wanted to do with his life. And since the age of 14 he was open about being gay.

“When he first came out, he told me that he had lost a lot of his friends because he wanted to live openly as a gay person and he did not understand. He’d be like ‘I’m still me. I’m still Brandon, nothing’s changed other than the fact that I like boys,’” his mother, Zachalyn Elizares said.

Earlier this month the 16-year-old bright-eyed boy with the big smile took his own life because he was teased and threatened for being gay.

KVIA
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June 13, 2012
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New GLAAD Videos Show LGBT Movement, Civil Rights Movement, and Labor Movement United in Growing National Campaign Against Stop and Frisk

Today, GLAAD released videos of LGBT leaders, civil rights leaders, and labor leaders discussing the negative impact of the stop and frisk policy in order to mobilize these movements for a Father’s Day march that will advance a shared agenda of equality and justice.

New GLAAD Videos Show LGBT Movement, Civil Rights Movement, and Labor Movement United in Growing National Campaign Against Stop and Frisk

New York, New York—Today, GLAAD, the leading national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, released videos of LGBT leaders, civil rights leaders, and labor leaders discussing the negative impact of the stop and frisk policy at the historic Stonewall Inn, in order to mobilize these movements for a Father’s Day march that will advance a shared agenda of equality and justice.

Mass. Stalled Anti-bullying Guide Under Romney

Former governor Mitt Romney’s administration in 2006 blocked publication of a state antibullying guide for Massachusetts public schools because officials objected to use of the terms “bisexual’’ and “transgender’’ in passages about protecting certain students from harassment, according to state records and interviews with current and former state officials.

The Boston Globe
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June 12, 2012
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Community Discusses Removal of Kids Book About Gay Parents From Schools

Community members met Monday at the Pleasant Valley Branch for a panel on gay families and to discuss whether it’s right to pull a book that deals with these families from school library bookshelves.

The meeting, hosted by the OUTreach Resource Center, came a week after a Davis School District decision to pull “In Our Mothers’ House” from its elementary school shelves. The book is still be available to students, but will be kept behind the checkout counter and will require a parent’s permission slip to be checked out.

KSL.com
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June 12, 2012
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Dharun Ravi Filed Notice Of Appeal Conviction For Spying On Tyler Clementi

Lawyers for Dharun Ravi are appealing his conviction for bullying and spying on Tyler Clementi, his freshman roommate at Rutgers University.

Ravi, 20, is serving a 30-day sentence in a New Jersey jail on a 15-count conviction for using a computer webcam to watch Clementi and another man kiss in September 2010. Clementi, 18, committed suicide soon after he learned that Ravi wrote on Twitter about seeing him.

Huffington Post
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June 12, 2012
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Loop 21 Interviews Janet Mock About Violence Against Black Trans Women

If George W. Bush didn’t “care about black people,” then people generally don’t care about the lives of transgender women of color.

That’s not exactly the way writer and activist Janet Mock put it. She and others believe a rash of murders, as well as uneven media coverage, suggest a gross lack of empathy for gender non-conforming individuals.

Mock, a 29-year-old Hawaii native, was her parents’ firstborn son. She transitioned when she was a teenager and is aware of her privilege of not having her gender identity questioned by society.

Loop 21
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June 12, 2012

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