Gay and Lesbian Connection

Support and Acceptance for the Gay and Lesbian Community

This Month is Ally Week

October 2nd, 2012 by Admin

October 15-19, 2012 is Ally Week

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) and students across the country,  members of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) or similar student clubs, will celebrate Ally Week on Oct 15-19 in schools and communities nationwide.  For more information and to take the pledge to be an Ally online go to:  www.glsen.org.

What is an Ally?

Allies are people who do not identify as LGBT, but who support this community by standing against the bullying and harassment LGBT youth face in school.

Become an Ally.

Change Attitudes.

Change Behaviors.

Change Directions.

Change Lives.

Change Policies.

Change Voices.

Be an Ally.

Be the Change.

Homophobia can be the cause of a great deal of pain for LGBT youth who just want to be themselves.   For more information about homophobia go to www.restoftheway.com and read the chapter, “Effects of Homophobia.”

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Teen To Talk About Coming Out on NBC’s Today Show

January 23rd, 2010 by Admin

Check out the NBC’s Today show, on Thursday, January 28, 2010 for a piece on children who come out in middle school. 

When he was thirteen and in the 8th grade, Richard Walsh came out to his parents and a few close friends.  Richard said, “I started to notice I was different when I was in the 6th grade, and I wasn’t thinking the same things the boys in my class were,” he said, adding he began saying something to people because he felt like a liar. “My parents were very accepting …and they’ve been very supportive of me, as well.”

 

But at school, things didn’t go well.  Richard said he was teased and called derogatory names.  “Middle school was difficult after I came out because everybody (at that age) is still trying to piece themselves together,” he said.

 

When Walsh got to high school, he decided he wanted to be part of a solution for harassment in the schools –not just for the gay students, but for all the students. As a result, he helped form a Gay Straight Alliance group and became active in the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) –a national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students — to raise awareness and promote tolerance of everyone.

 

After high school, Walsh intends to continue his work as an advocate for the gay community

To learn more about Chillicothe High School’s Gay Straight Alliance, go online to www.chillicothegsa.com.

The NBC “Today” segment featuring Richard Walsh is expected to air between 7:30 and 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.

 

 

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The Importance of GSA Groups

December 8th, 2009 by Admin

Being honest about your sexual orientation can be a dangerous thing to do in some schools.   Many kids are bullied, berated, persecuted, and shunned by their classmates because they are gay.  According to the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, LGBT students are five times more likely to miss school because they are discriminated against.  Thankfully there are GSA’s (Gay-Straight Alliance) groups in a lot of schools that actively support unity between students of all sexual orientation. Not only do GSA’s provide a safe place for LGBT students to be themselves, they help the gay community feel less afraid and more accepted in a homophobic world.  

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This From The UK

July 15th, 2008 by Admin

TUC (Trades Union Congress) General Secretary, Brendan Barber called on the Government to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) equality education in the school curriculum, as the only way to address homophobic bullying in schools.

Mr. Barber said that schools need to protect their pupils from homophobic bullying, and that promoting LGBT equality in the classroom is the best solution:

“While the UK’s education system ought to be in the vanguard of the fight against homophobic discrimination, all too often it is in fact part of the problem,” he says.

“Whereas our schools and colleges have done much to counter racism and sexism, the same cannot be said when it comes to tackling homophobia.

“Despite some notable exceptions, too many educational establishments are breeding grounds for the worst kind of casual prejudice.”

Referring to the Stonewall survey, The School Report, published last year, Mr. Barber continues: “A survey by Stonewall last year laid bare the huge scale of the problem.

“Indeed its shocking findings ought to act as a wake-up call to us all.  Almost all LGBT pupils reported hearing homophobic abuse.

“No less than two thirds reported being the victims of bullying.  And perhaps most alarming of all, one in six said they had been subjected to death threats.

“The consequences of all of this don’t just impact on academic attainment, which takes a pretty big hit. Don’t just impact on mental health, which is suffering as incidences of self-harm rise. But also on the self-esteem of young LGBT people, which is being shattered.

“And while 99 per cent of schools told the Stonewall survey they had general anti-bullying policies, just six per cent had anti-bullying policies that dealt with LGBT issues.

“That’s why the TUC has joined forces with the teaching unions, Stonewall and other LGBT groups to make LGBT equality education becomes a priority for Government.

“By working, campaigning and by lobbying, genuine progress can be made,” he concludes.

 

  

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Anti-Bullying Law

May 3rd, 2008 by Admin

Equality Florida and the Safe Schools Coalition Celebrate Anti-Bullying Law Eight Years in the Making

Florida Becomes 36th State to Pass Anti-Bullying Law

After 8 years of effort on the part of hundreds of students, parents, educators and civil rights groups, The Florida Safe Schools Coalition celebrates the unanimous passage of a statewide anti-bullying bill.

According to Nadine Smith, Executive Director for Equality Florida, “The legislature has made clear that any school that fails to prevent and respond to anti-gay bullying and to protect every student will be in violation of this law and will face the consequences. We will hold them accountable.”

 

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