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May 2, 2014

A shocking survey reports how two in five transgender young people have tried to kill themselves, while 80% of gay teens are bullied

Two thirds of young gay people have considered suicide, while a shocking 80% have said they are bullied because of their sexuality.

New research has revealed a further 37% of gay 13-18 year-olds have attempted suicide as a result of bullying.

It is a similar, sad story for transgender teens. Two in five have tried to kill themselves, while a further 62% have considered suicide because of bullying.

For lesbians, two thirds of lesbians were bullied, and more than half contemplated suicide. 36% attempted it.

April 10, 2014

'Nobody in this state or this nation should have to feel bad about themselves for being who they are'

Today (9 April) Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed an anti-bullying law that specifically includes LGBT students.

The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act requires school districts to train staff on how to recognize and prevent bullying.

Prevention programs are to be implemented, and districts must focus more on changing behavior as opposed to punishment.

March 21, 2014

New campaign calls on everyone - including gay people - to check their language and ensure they are not a bystander to abuse

Stonewall is going beyond speaking about gay rights in a brand new campaign.

The powerful new ad, voiced by British actor Ian McKellen, examines how the language we use as children can carry on with us into adulthood.

Called ‘No Bystanders’, it opens on a school playground where a chain of insults begins with one child calling another a ‘ginger’.

From ‘fag’ to ‘gender bender’, ‘fatty’ to ‘bimbo’, the chain progresses out of the school gates and into the streets where adults trade bigoted and racist remarks.

February 10, 2014

New research in association with 02 and Childline reveals worrying statistics about the online activity of LGB youth

Nearly three quarters of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people use the internet to meet others like themselves. For many, it is their only source of information and support on gay issues, or contact with other LGB youth.

However, it can also put young people at great risk of things such as cyberbulling, grooming and sexual exploitation.

In partnership with o2, Stonewall is releasing guidance for parents and teachers to help young LGB people stay safe online.

January 12, 2014

New report finds more than half of young LGBT people have suffered mental health issues and 40% have considered suicide

Young gay people in England are facing a looming mental health crisis according to a new report due to be published tomorrow (13 January).

The report reveals over 50% of young gay people have suffered mental health issues and 40% have considered suicide. It also shows 50% have self-harmed and 42% have sought medical help to combat anxiety or depression, says The Independent.

November 16, 2013

Fight broke out after trans student faced transphobic taunts at a California high school

A transphobic attack in a California high school which was caught on camera may be treated as a hate crime, school officials have said.

The attack, which took place at Hercules High School in Hercules, California, happened after a trans student suffered taunts due to her gender identity by a group of three girls.

The verbal abuse quickly turned into an all-out fight, with all four girls hitting, slapping and pulling each other's hair. All involved in the fight eventually ended up on the ground.

October 27, 2013

'Coach' Dave Daubenmire warns against raising a 'sissified' nation

'Coach' Dave Daubenmire, a minor anti-gay US activist, is railing against hate speech laws and bullying prevention programs.

In the below video, highlighted by Right Wing Watch, Daubenmire charges anti-bullying initiatives are 'built around the homosexual agenda.'

From there, he argues conservative Christians are the victims of intimidation.

October 25, 2013

A 13-year-old boy and his mother is taking action against school district for failing to do enough to protect him

A 13-year-old male cheerleader was forced to quit and leave his school just because bullies thought he was gay.

The middle school student, known as BB, from Louisville, Kentucky, is taking action against the school district.

When he joined the cheerleading squad at his first school, he was the only male in the squad.

Perceived to be gay, bullies relentlessly tortured him in and out of the classroom.

‘It was in the classroom, it was in the cafeteria, and it was in the hallway too,' he told WDRB.

October 17, 2013

As the world celebrates Spirit Day, GSN talks to a leading expert on how teenagers can deal before it gets better

It is easy to say it gets easier after school, but do you deal with life before it gets better?

Many young people commit suicide because of homophobic and transphobic bullying, and this is the reason we have to fight it.

If you are the victim, make sure you just stand up and speak out if it is safe. It might feel like the scariest thing in the world to do, but you will feel stronger at the end.

September 25, 2013

Alex Hausner's mother says son diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 12

Court doctors said this week that Alex Hausner, charged with stalking and harassing CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and his boyfriend, is mentally unfit to stand trial.

Hausner, 38, is accused of repeatedly contacting Cooper and boyfriend Benjamin Maisani for a six-month period this year before he was arrested on 27 July and charged with menacing, stalking, harassment and aggravated harassment.

He is aleged to have banged on the door of their New York City apartment at one point and saying: 'I swear to f---ing God don't insult me, I'm going to f--- you up.'

September 22, 2013
Cassidy Lynn Campbell releases tearful video on YouTube following historic win

Transgender homecoming queen Cassidy Lynn Campbell has spoken about the cyber bullying she has faced following her win.

Campbell, 16, made history on Friday (20 September) when she became the first trans homecoming queen in California.

However, despite the support of her classmates and well-wishers around the world, abuse from cyber bullies has driven her to tears.

Speaking on her YouTube channel, still wearing her sash and crown, Campbell talked about the effect the negative comments have had on her since her win.

September 18, 2013

Plenty of photo and video footage captures Boo 2 Bullying getting creative with a charity car wash to raise funds for an anti-bullying organization

Local residents in Palm Springs hosted a charity carwash to fight bullying of all types.

Boo 2 Bullying, who call themselves 'a collective of artists and visionaries who are dedicating to transforming this generation into a strong and empowered nation,' hosted a charity carwash to raise funds for their anti-bullying organization based in California.

'I don't think it matters what sexuality you are, bullying is bullying,' said co-founder of Boo 2 Bullying Dimitri Halkidis.

September 16, 2013

Openly gay school deputy headteacher, Shaun Dellenty, explains why winning an award for his work as founder of Inclusion For All meant so much

I first devised Inclusion For All in 2010 in response to endemic levels of homophobic bullying and language in our local schools and the community, at a time when there was a question mark over tackling such issues in UK primary schools.

Such was the positive impact of the work on all forms of bullying that I offered the highly child-centred training to schools, local authorities, teacher training providers and anti-bullying organisations in the form of outreach.

August 14, 2013

Study by LGBT association Gay Center reveals the turmoil of dozens of young gay boys and girls. Last week a Roman 14-year-old boy jumped from his window after leaving a dramatic letter to his parents

One Italian gay teen in three has considered suicide in the last 12 months, a survey by Roman LGBT association Gay Center has revealed.

Gay Center’s president Fabrizio Marrazzo told Gay Star News: ‘We interviewed 4,000 teenagers and more than a thousand told us they have thought about suicide at least once in their lifetime.

‘Homosexuality can be a hell when combined with bullying at school or with families not accepting their sons and daughters.’

The study comes after the case of a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide last week in Rome.

July 16, 2013

A 19-year-old was teased since the third grade for his weight, his lazy eye and his sexuality

A bullied gay teen posted a suicide note on Twitter before he took his own life.

Carlos Vigil, 17, from New Mexico, posted the note on Saturday (13 July) describing himself as a ‘loser, a freak and a fag’.

When his father heard about the message posted on Twitter, he rushed home but was too late.

Family members said Carlos had been suffering from bullying since the third grade and they had transferred him from one local high school to another due to constantly being targeted.

July 12, 2013

Report finds gay teens face online bullying, but also have greater access to peer support and health education

According to a recent study, the Internet is both hazardous and helpful to gay and lesbian youngsters.

The report, called Out Online: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth on the Internet, found gay teens are nearly three times more likely to be bullied online when compared to straight children.

May 23, 2013

Schoolboy raised by lesbian couple, founder of a LGBT gaming convention explains how video gaming can help victims can overcome bullies

An 11-year-old Texas boy being raised by a lesbian couple has revealed how video gaming has helped him stand up to homophobic bullies.

Caine Smith of Haltom City, says playing on his Nintendo Wii has kept him calm after being faced with bullying, sometimes from former friends, at school.

March 22, 2013

Three reasons why lesbian comic Zoe Lyons is am happy to be hosting the 10th annual Equality Walk for leading British gay campaign organization Stonewall

The Stonewall Equality Walk takes place in Brighton, on the south coast of England on 5 May. I am helping to host the event this year and here are three good reasons why you should don some ‘sensible’ shoes and stroll the 10K walk with me.

Reason 1

February 27, 2013

Family Voice Australia says sexual orientation is not a significant cause of bullying in school and the Proud Schools program is 'indoctrinating them [children] with lies about sexuality'

An Australian Christian lobby group is trying to stop an anti-homophobic bullying program in schools in New South Wales.

In letter to state Premier Barry O'Farrell seen by Gay Star News Family Voice Australia writes that the Proud Schools program, which started in pilot form two years ago and is soon to be rolled out across the state, is 'indoctrinating them [children] with lies about sexuality'.

February 20, 2013

A British 21-year-old woman is trying to stop transphobic bullying by celebrating diversity with confectionary

A trans UK student has started a campaign aiming to combat anti-LGBT bullying and depression with chocolate.

Lily Workman, 21, and her small team are custom-making truffles, with such flavors as rainbow, apple pie, and dark chocolate with red wine.

The aim is to raise awareness of bullying, both transgender and LGBT, by making these diverse chocolates.

February 7, 2013

Research carried out by The University of Illinois and Brunel University in London shows bullying declines as gay teens get older

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens face less bullying as they get older, a study has shown.

The study of 8,700 English students, carried out by The University of Illinois and Brunel University in London, says homophobic bullying against young people declines as they get older and leave school.

Ian Rivers, co-author of the study and Brunel University Professor, says the UK's proposed rise in the school leaving age from 16 to 18 is likely to 'impact rates of bullying'.

December 10, 2012

Schools Out conference will highlight ways to deal with gay, bi and trans bullying in UK educational establishments

British teachers must improve the way they tackle homophobic bullying or risk being given a worse school report by government inspectors.

That will be one message of the Schools Out National Conference in Manchester, north west England, in February, which aims to support teachers in making all schools LGBT friendly.

This year’s summit comes as UK government school inspectors, known as OFSTED, prioritize LGBT bullying in the way they score schools for the first time.

December 6, 2012

Josh Pacheco left goodbye message on Facebook page quoting Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit

The parents of a 17-year-old gay high school student have gone public about their son's suicide last month and believe anti-gay bullying may have been a factor in his decision to end his life.

Josh Pacheco was a junior at Linden High School in Fenton, Michigan. On 27 November, he posted a message on his Facebook page quoting Bilbo Baggins from J.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit: 'I regret to announce that this is the end. I'm going now, I bid you all a very fond farewell. Goodbye.'

November 23, 2012

Simon Rodgers returned to his school in York, England, to tell students there is no place for homophobia in the classroom

A gay former pupil has returned to his old school to explain how he was bullied there and assure current students it does get better.

Simon Rodgers now works for UK insurance company Aviva and spearheads their efforts to make the workplace more LGBT friendly.

But when he was at Easingwold School between 1997 and 2002 in York, England, he was bullied because of his sexuality.