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.

Witness Emerges in Teen Lesbian Couple Shooting

A witness has come forward in the killing of a teenage lesbian couple and told police the shooter was a white man in his 20s with dark hair, police in Portland, Texas, said today.

Molly Olgin, 19, Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, were both shot in the head a week ago in a park in Portland, Texas. Olgin was pronounced dead at the scene. Chapa was taken to a hospital and has since regained consciousness.

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July 2, 2012
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Orange County Youth Speak Out to Support Seth's Law Against LGBT Bullying

On July 1, Seth’s Law (AB9) and AB1156 became a reality and California schools are now required to enact anti-bullying policies. Some young adults in Orange County are making sure that teens feel empowered to cite these laws if they experience bullying or discrimination. And they have some famous friends helping them including Betty DeGeneres, Ellen’s mom.

Kristene's 'Amazing' Progress After Tragic Texas Shooting, Says Her Family

Last week, Texas teenagers Mary Kristene Chapa and Mollie Judith Olgin, who were in a relationship, were shot execution style with a large-caliber gun in a park and were found approximately nine hours later. 19-year-old Texas A&M student Mollie was pronounced dead at the scene. Kristene, 18, has since been recovering at a rate that her doctors and family call “amazing.” NBC Latino and MSNBC spoke with Kristene’s older brother, Hilario, about his sister.

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Tyler Clementi's Parents Speak Out On Son's Death, Dharun Ravi's Trial And Their New Foundation: VIDEO

Joe and Jane Clementi, Tyler Clementi’s parents, sat down with NBC’s Lester Holt to discuss how Dharun Ravi’s actions led to Clementi’s death ("This was an executed plan,” says Joe), how they’re coping since the trial and the way their their evangelical Christianity influenced their reaction to Tyler’s coming out.

“Sin needs to be taken out of homosexuality,” they learned.

Towleroad
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June 29, 2012
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Vigils for TX Lesbian Couple

Friday night in Portland, Texas there will be a candlelight vigil for the two teen lesbians found shot in a local park. In San Francisco, a vigil will be held tonight in Harvey Milk Plaza at 7pm. In Washington DC, meet 6pm Friday night at Dupont Circle. See the post at Joe My God for links to the facebook pages for each of these events.

Joe My God / Facebook
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June 27, 2012

Friends reel from shooting of teen lesbian couple in Texas

Friends and family of two teenage girls in a relationship who were shot in the head in a South Texas park expressed shock and grief Tuesday over the incident in which one of the young women was killed and the other severely injured.
Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Mary Christine Chapa, 18, were found in knee-deep grass in a nature area in Portland by a couple Saturday, said Portland Police Chief Randy Wright, who confirmed to msnbc.com details first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

MSNBC
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June 26, 2012
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