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March 2, 2015

#HisNameWasAsh

A 16-year-old transgender boy from North Carolina has taken his life after enduring years of bullying.

Ash Haffner stepped into oncoming traffic near his home in Indian Trail on Thursday (26 February) night.

His mother, April Quick, found the body. She said the suicide was a result of years of bullying, which became worse when he decided to transition and asked to be referred to as 'he.'

February 24, 2015

The CEO and Founder of Diversity Role Models explains why she set up the charity

Two-thirds of LGBT youth have suffered bullying at school, and they are six times more likely to commit suicide.

It's a reality that Suran Dickson encountered as a school teacher in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Fed up with witnessing harassment and hearing stories of teens taking their own lives, she set up the charity Diversity Role Models.

The organization brings role models of diverse backgrounds into schools. They help normalize difference, and show young people that there is a way forward for everyone.

February 20, 2015

'I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied'

California Rep Mike Honda has said he is the 'proud grandpa' of an eight-year-old transgender granddaughter.

The Democrat Wednesday (18 February) tweeted his support along with a photo of himself with his arm around a smiling child with shoulder-length hair.

'As the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild, I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied,' he wrote.

February 17, 2015

'Section 377 is discriminatory in its application and unreasonable in its intent'

The chairman of the Law Commission of India has slammed the country's anti-gay as discriminatory and psychologically damaging.

Justice A P Shah made the comments yesterday in New Delhi at the launch of a book about LGBTI legal issues in the southeast Asian country.

'Section 377 is discriminatory in its application, unreasonable in its intent, deprives a group of its personal autonomy and violates individual privacy and human dignity,' he said.

February 11, 2015

'Kids need supportive environments so they can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be'

LGBTI people have better self esteem and less depression as young adults if they are open about their sexual orientation or gender identity, a study has revealed.

Researchers have claimed if you are going to hide your identity to the world, it is far more likely to lead to abuse and depression.

Stephen Russell, the study's lead author, says kids need 'supportive environments so they can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be'.

February 11, 2015

A group of federal Democratic lawmakers have joined forces with Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to introduce a bill to protect LGBTI students from bullying and discrimination in public schools

Democratic members of the US House of Representatives Jared Polis and Robert C Scott have been joined by Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in co-sponsoring a bill to protect LGBTI students in public schools in a move the group will encourage bipartisan support for the effort.

The lawmakers introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) on Tuesday which, if passed, will help protect public school students from bullying, harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

February 4, 2015

School pupils will be challenged to create cakes that celebrate the theme of ‘LGBT History’ at the live final of a flavorsome competition to help combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

Pupils from London and beyond are busy preparing for the grand final of the Great Rainbow Bake Off.

The nationwide competition was launched for school children last year during the UK’s annual anti-bullying week.

Students were invited to bake a rainbow-themed cake or cupcakes and to send photos of the resulting treats to competition organizers, Educate & Celebrate.

February 3, 2015

Compulsory lessons will include profiles on Oscar Wilde and inclusive sex and relationships education

Labour will make teaching LGBTI issues in UK schools compulsory if they win May's General Election.

Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, has announced plans to ensure homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is tackled if the party forms the next government.

Under the plan, unveiled today (4 Feburary) at Little Ilford School in London, it will ensure all teachers are trained to tackle bullying of LGBTI kids and make age-appropriate sex and relationships compulsory in all schools that receive state funding.

January 19, 2015

It was announced last week that England’s first ‘gay school', aimed primarily at LGBT pupils, is due to be launched in Manchester. Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of Educate & Celebrate, explains why she would instead prefer to see all schools adopt LGBT-friendly practices

How do children learn about difference? They learn from their experiences and by who surrounds them.

Through our teacher training and resource program we recognize that those students in multi-cultural areas have a much greater understanding of difference as they are surrounded by people of different cultures, faiths, disabilities, genders, sexual orientations and gender identities.

Creating visibility around these differences increases understanding, acceptance and ‘usualizes’ diversity as a whole in our communities.

January 10, 2015

'Sometimes we just go with what is tradition. We don't second-guess it, we don't doubt it'

A former Florida A&M University band member was sentenced to over six years in prison for being the 'ringleader' in the 2011 hazing death of the band's drum major, Robert Champion.

On 9 January, Orange Circuit Judge Renee Roche announced the decision against Dante Martin.

In 2014 October, a jury took about an hour to find Martin guilty of Champion's (pictured) death.

December 13, 2014

36 elementary schools in the UK will teach their students about gay and lesbian rights and stamp out anti-gay language

36 UK schools have vowed to stamp out homophobia in schools, by signing up to a scheme to teach their pupils about LGBTI values.

The group of elementary schools in and around Birmingham, UK have pledged to stamp out homophobic bullying with a new range of teaching materials called CHIPS - Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools.

The CHIPS programme is used in 36 elementary schools and was created by Andrew Moffat, who authored a series of books used as resources to teach children about the LGBTI community.

December 6, 2014

Ronin Shimizu's family had reported the bullying to school officials multiple times

His friends say Ronin Shimizu was passionate about cheerleading.

But being the only male on the cheer squad at Folsom Middle School in folsom, California, led to ongoing bullying and being called gay.

This week, the 12 year old killed himself.

November 27, 2014

The finalists in the inaugural Great Rainbow Bake-off Competition have been chosen

The competition was launched by Educate & Celebrate, a UK-based organisation that helps to make schools LGBT-friendly.

The contest was open during the UK’s anti-bullying week (17-21 November), and was run with support from Gay Star News.

Organisers asked schools and pupils to send in pictures of home-baked rainbow cakes during the course of this week. The initiative received messages of support from comedienne Jo Brand, presenter of The Great British Bake-off: An Extra Slice, and famous chef and writer, Allegra McEvedy.

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 17, 2014

To coincide with anti-bullying week in the UK, a celebrity-endorsed baking competition will be running from now until Friday night (21 November)

As previously reported, the first Great Rainbow Bake-Off Competition launches today (17 November), to coincide with anti-bullying week in the UK (17-21 November 2014).

November 12, 2014

'I just want people to finally see me the way I see myself'

The BBC will be airing a film about a transgender teen on a children's TV channel next week.

The film will star Leo, a 13-year-old guy, will tell the story of his life interchanged in a sequence of moving diary sequences.

Called 'My Life: My Name Is Leo', he will explain the bullying he's encounted from people who could not accept who he is.

The film is set across seven months, following Leo and his family as he undergoes hormone therapy, meet other trans kids and eagerly waiting for a new passport that confirms his real identity to the world.

November 11, 2014

Ahead of the UK”s Anti-Bullying Week, teacher Allie George says that even kids who normally recognize homophobia can still sometimes use inappropriate language

Mark* has just handed me his English coursework: a compelling speech on homophobia, and how he cannot fathom such attitudes of bigotry and hatred in 2014.

Now, Mark is sat sheepishly in front of me, having been kept behind for yelling, “Oi, f*****t” at his friend.

‘It’s just a thing they say to each other,’ he says by way of defense. He’s not homophobic. It’s ‘banter’. Like swearing, ‘it’s okay when it’s at a mate.’

November 10, 2014

Nearly 9 in 10 teachers say homophobic bullying happens in their schools

Nearly nine in 10 secondary school teachers in Scotland say homophobic bullying happens in their school.

The shocking YouGov survey, commissioned by Stonewall Scotland, also revealed a third of teachers hear homophobic language from other staff.

Many assume they are not allowed to talk about LGBTI issues with students, with only 16% saying they have had specific training to tackle homophobic bullying. 

November 1, 2014

Robert Champion was 26 when he died after being beaten inside a bus after a football game

A former Florida A&M band member was convicted Friday (31 October) of manslaughter and felony hazing in the 2011 death of the band's drum major, Robert Champion.

The jury in Florida took about an hour to convict 27-year-old Dante Martin who was the ringleader when it came to hazing ritual known as 'Crossing Bus C.'

Champion (pictured) was 26 when he died after enduring the ritual which involved band members beating him with punches, kicks, drumsticks, mallets while on a bus parked in a Orlando, Florida hotel parking lot.

October 31, 2014

British columnist claims Woman and Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan is 'inadequate'

The Daily Mail's notorious columnist Richard Littlejohn has written an article claiming those who try to stop bullying of gay teens are 'diversity Nazis'.

The 60-year-old has criticized Education Secretary Nicky Morgan for her decision to pledge £2 million to fight homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in British schools.

October 29, 2014

Nicky Morgan has revealed a £2 million package for charities to come up with ideas to tackle homophobia

The UK government has pledged to spend more on tackling homophobic bullying today (29 October).

Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, announced the government will be offering a £ 2 million ($3.23 million, €2.53 million) package.

The government is hoping for charitable and not-for-profit organizations to come forward with creative ideas to help stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in British schools.

October 26, 2014

Four band members face charges of felony hazing and manslaughter

Four Florida A & M University band members will go to trial next week for the 2011 hazing death of gay drum major Robert Champion, Jr.

Three years ago, The 26-year-old was subjected to a brutal hazing ritual called 'crossing bus C.'

It involved band members beating him with punches, kicks, drumsticks, mallets while on a bus parked in a Orlando, Florida hotel parking lot.

October 22, 2014

Students and pupils are invited to bake a rainbow-themed cake to coincide with the upcoming Anti-Bullying Week in the UK this November

Educate and Celebrate, the UK-based organization that helps schools to become LGBT-friendly, is launching a special competition to coincide with Britain’s 2014 Anti-Bullying Week (17-21 Nov).

In conjunction with Gay Star News, it is asking pupils and students to take part in its ‘Edu-bake & Cel-a-cake’ Great Rainbow Bake Off. To do this, they will have to send in pictures of home-baked rainbow cakes.

The aim of the contest is to raise awareness around diversity issues during National Anti-Bullying Week.

October 20, 2014

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, pupils at Sheringham High School road tested a new 'Stop Homophobic Bullying' education pack

Pictured here are Year 8 pupils at Sheringham High School in Norfolk, England. To coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week, the students took part in a pilot scheme last week for a new education pack to tackle homophobic bullying.

The resource, entitled Stop Homophobic Bullying, was created by the county’s BLAH LGBTI Youth group – which has been providing support for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the Norfolk area since 2007.