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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.

Looking Ahead After Bullying Lawsuit, Let's Stay Vigilant

Damian McGee-Backes got a big surprise on his first day at Totino-Grace High School in Fridley. "The kids in my classes asked me what lunch I had. Then they said, 'Sit by me.'" It's hard to blame Damian for being overjoyed by this simple gesture. The 15-year-old is one of six plaintiffs in the federal civil-rights lawsuit settled last week against the Anoka-Hennepin School District. The lawsuit argued successfully that the district did not adequately respond to constant physical and verbal harassment of students based on real or perceived sexual orientation.

Minneapolis Star Tribune
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March 12, 2012

Utah Passes Its Own "Don't Say Gay" Bill

After the new bill goes into effect, the teaching of sex education in Utah classrooms has to be about not having sex before marriage and fidelity within marriage. Teachers cannot advocate the use of contraceptives anymore and they cannot talk about gay people, even if asked by a student.

KTSU
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March 9, 2012
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Josh Hutcherson Makes Surprise Appearance at LA High School GSA Meeting!

Josh Hutcherson may be busy on a whirlwind Hunger Games promotional tour, but he is still making time to give back!

Recently the 19-year-old actor made a surprise visit to a high school in south central Los Angeles, and spoke with the Gay Straight Alliance on behalf of Straight But Not Narrow, an anti-bullying campaign he is very closely involved with. Celebuzz has this exclusive photo as he graciously signed SBNN gear during the meeting, where he discussed the importance of straight allies for gay youth.

Celebuzz!
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March 9, 2012

Indiana Tries to Take Away Gay License Plate (Again)

With only two days left in the legislative session, Republicans are using a loophole in Indiana law to try and take away a license plate awarded to Indiana Youth Group. The plate is the first in the nation to honor an LGBT youth group.Thumbnail image for Indiana_Youth_Group.jpeg

The Bilerico Project
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March 8, 2012
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Homeless Youth: The Next Battle for LGBT Equality

LGBT young people represent a dramatically high proportion of an estimated 600,000 or more homeless youths across the country -- between 20 percent and 40 percent, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. But only about 5 percent of youths identify themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Boston Globe
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March 8, 2012
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High School Student Personally Delivers "Bully" Petition to MPAA

Katy Butler came all the way from Ann Arbor, MI to deliver a message to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) this morning and with her she brought the support of over 200,000 people from around the world. Katy started a petition on change.org after hearing the movie Bully received an R rating from the MPAA and the film’s distributor lost its appeal to lower the rating to PG-13.

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