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.

GLAAD Working with Indiana Gay Teen Facing Expulsion for Protecting Himself

On Thursday we shared with you the story of Dynasty Young, the openly gay high-school student who's now facing expulsion after using an electrical self-protection device in response to severe bullying. In order for media coverage of this story to meet fair, accurate and inclusive journalistic standards, several important questions need to be raised.

'OK to Be Gay' Article in High School Yearbook

A yearbook article about a gay student’s experiences at Lenoir City High School has ignited both anger and support in the community.

“I have received an unbelievable number of emails from parents and concerned citizens,” said Lenoir City High School Principal Steve Millsaps.

Yearbooks were distributed on Friday … and by Monday local blogs were filled with postings about the article, titled “It’s OK to be Gay.”

The Oak Ridger
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May 4, 2012

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

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