StudentsFirst

June 10, 2013

Snapshots of our Work

Blogging for LGBT Families Day, Marcel Neergaard, Gezi Park and more - Be sure to check out GLAAD Blog each week for updates about our latest work to build support for LGBT equality through news, entertainment and online media.

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Marcel Neergaard named 'Foot Soldier of the Week' by Melissa Harris-Perry

Following his MoveOn.org success getting StudentsFirst to rescind its 'education reformer of the year' award from anti-gay Tennessee State Representative John Ragan, Marcel Neergaard was named 'Foot Soldier of the Week' on the Melissa Harris-Perry show.

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Victory for Marcel! StudentsFirst denounces "Don't Say Gay" bill, supports anti-bullying legislation

Today, the non-profit student advocacy organization StudentsFirst issued a statement denouncing the actions of Tennessee Rep. John Ragan for his co-sponsorship of the state's notorious "Don't Say Gay" bill, which stated that teachers should not be able to talk about any type of sexuality that isn't, "related to natural human reproduction" as well as expressed support for anti-bullying legislation federally and in states.

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TAKE ACTION: Tell StudentsFirst that an anti-gay politician is not 'education reformer of the year'

A Tennessee family has started a petition calling StudentsFirst to retract a supporter of Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" bill, which stated that teachers should not be able to talk about any type of sexuality that isn't, "related to natural human reproduction." GLAAD is calling upon allies and members of the LGBT community to sign the petition, and bring awareness to the anti-LGBT sentiments and legislation that Ragan has openly defended.

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Author of Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' bill honored as 'Education Reformer of the Year'

Educational lobbying organization StudentsFirst named Tennessee State Rep. John Ragan, the co-sponsor of Tennessee's infamous "Don't Say Gay" bill, as "education reformer of the year." The organization also called him a "leading advocate for change."

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