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San Francisco Chronicle
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May 7, 2012

Kyle Rooker was in the eighth grade when he was pushed down the stairs at his school and urinated on because other kids thought he was gay. After three years of daily bullying and name calling, he decided enough was enough.

For Damian McGee-Backes, the bullying started in the sixth grade, when a group of kids found out he had two dads. By the eighth grade, after being stabbed in the neck and labeled a “faggot,” Damian was determined to fight back.

The boys were two of six students from Minnesota to enlist the help of the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco and file a lawsuit against the Anoka-Hennepin School District. In March, student plaintiffs reached an agreement with the Minnesota school district that established a comprehensive, district-wide plan to counter and prevent harassment of students perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.