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July 30, 2014

UK charity Ditch the Label is turning Brighton tropical to fight bullying at its first fundraising party

A party to beat anti-gay and other types of bullying is the newest addition to the summer line-up and GSN is delighted to be getting behind it.

Ditch the Label tells young people its ok to be different and works with schools, colleges and online to offer support and create engaging ways to stop kids from being bullies.

Now the UK charity is hosting its first fundraising party on 15 August.

The team will be transforming a popular venue in the seaside town of Brighton into a beach paradise, complete with palm trees and leis.

July 9, 2014

New songs written to accompany the best LGBTI children’s books are getting young kids singing and dancing against homophobia and transphobia

Kids love books. Kids love music. Put them together under a broad diversity umbrella and something wonderful happens – they learn to accept differences.

This is the thinking behind our new project from my organization ‘Educate and Celebrate’ in the UK.

We already know kids are born prejudice-free and therefore discrimination is learned. That means all forms of discrimination can be unlearned.

And we think getting young children involved in a creative and musical process is one of the best ways to achieve this. Kids’ karaoke!

July 6, 2014

Parents of Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his roomate broadcast his sexual encounter, have condemned the repeal of New York's anti-cyberbullying law saying young people are the 'most vulnerable' online

New York's highest court on Tuesday struck down an ordinance in Albany County (New York) which outlaws 'cyber-bullying’ against ‘any minor or person'. The court called the law an overly broad statute that violates the First Amendment's protection of free speech.

July 4, 2014

Fewer than one in five secondary school teachers have received training on tackling homophobic bullying

Schoolteachers in the UK think they are banned from talking about homosexuality, a new report has revealed.

Two in five (37%) primary school teachers, and three in 10 (29%) think they are banned from teaching about lesbian, gay and bisexual people and issues.

This very well may be an echo of Section 28, a law instated by Margaret Thatcher’s government that banned the discussion of LGBTI topics. It was repealed in 2000.

June 5, 2014

California’s Tehachapi Unified School District has come to a settlement of $750,000 with the mother of gay teen Seth Walsh who took his own life after his school failed to protect him from anti-gay bullying

The mother of a California gay teen who committed suicide in 2010 after enduring years of bullying at Jacobsen Middle School has settled a lawsuit with the Tehachapi Unified School District – agreeing to receive $750,000 in compensation for its failure to protect him.

Thirteen-year-old Seth Walsh had already been subjected to bullying before he came out at school but things only got worse and he was subjected to physical and verbal bullying inside and outside of school as well as being bullied online and over the phone by other students.

May 15, 2014

A Nevada seventh grader who brought a pistol to school and shot a teacher and two other students revealed in his suicide note that he was angry about being labeled as gay and ‘retarded’ by bullies

Nevada state authorities have released the details of why they think 12-year-old Jose Reyes brought a gun to school and fired on classmates before shooting himself on 21 October last year.

Reyes wounded two other students and killed a teacher before shooting himself just 10 minutes after being dropped at Sparks Middle School by his mother.

A 1,300 page report into the shooting was made public on Tuesday and reveals that Reyes left behind two suicide notes – one for his parents and one for his teachers and classmates.

May 15, 2014

Thailand’s School Rainbow campaign will seek to draw attention to the plight of young LGBTI people this Saturday with a campaign that will see chalk rainbows drawn on the ground at school gates on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

A new campaign against the bullying of LGBTI young people kicked off in Thailand yesterday with students at Bangkok’s Thammassat University drawing gay pride rainbows on the footpath to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

The event launch for the School Rainbow campaign saw a colorful performance by a Rainbow All Boy Cheerleaders squad as students colored in the rainbow and wrote messages of support in chalk.

May 12, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says while he realises homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice

Church of England has revealed its plan to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has told all Anglican schools in England the Bible should not be used to justify homophobic behavior.

While the guidance recognizes homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice.

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 25, 2014

Massachusetts law has strenghtened protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill on Thursday (24 April) that strengthens the state's existing anti-bullying law.

The law has stronger protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities. It also recognizes that certain groups are targeted for bullying and provides new reporting measures and data collection mechanisms for schools to use to identify trends.

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 29, 2014

'You did wrong ... you must pay the consequences for what you did'

A former Florida A&M band member will spend 51 weeks in jail for the hazing death of gay drum major Robert Champion.

Yesterday, 28 March, Jessie Baskin heard his punishment after a three-hour hearing that included character witnesses and letters  for leniency.

March 27, 2014

England and Wales is starting gay and lesbian weddings, but 67% of teachers don’t feel ready to talk to their students about it

Two thirds of school staff do not feel adequately prepared to teach about same-sex marriage and LGBTI issues as England and Wales prepares for its first gay weddings.

That’s according to research released today by the Teacher Support Network which also said LGBTI teachers in the UK face ‘severe’ discrimination by colleagues and pupils.

March 27, 2014

Archbishop of Genoa has responded to the Italian government's campaign to stamp out homophobia in schools after a series of high profile deaths and suicides

An Italian cardinal wants parents to fight schools' efforts to prevent anti-gay bullying, saying they are 'brainwashing' kids into being LGBTI friendly.

Archbishop of Genoa Angelo Bagnasco likened anti-homophobia state education in Italy to a totalitarian dictatorship.

He also said the efforts were turning schools into ‘indoctrination and re-education camps’.

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.

March 9, 2014

Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland will display anti-gay bullying posters in a bid to eradicate homophobia in education

Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland are to display anti-bullying posters to support gay students victimized because of their sexual orientation.

The Irish Independent newspaper reports the posters will be part of a scheme to crack down on homophobic bullying.

March 6, 2014

Gay Emmerdale soap actress and TOWIE star also share their experiences of being bullied in new film

School bullies threw things at gay British X Factor star Marcus Collins and followed him home from school, he has revealed.

Collins, the openly gay 2011 runner-up in the show, was speaking in an ITV video about homophobic bullying, made in conjunction with leading UK gay charity Stonewall.

Also in the short film, Bobby Norris, star of staged reality show The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE), reveals he was bullied and feared ‘name-calling if I walked down a corridor or went to my locker’.

March 5, 2014

Gay rights campaigners worked together with primary school teachers to deliver four stories that can teach kids about LGB issues

A new film for kids aged 5-11 on how they can fight anti-gay bullying premieres today (5 March).

‘FREE’, described as a ‘ground-breaking’ film for primary school pupils, aims to challenge homophobic bullying, language and celebrating difference.

The film is split into four stories, following four children as they navigate LGB issues.

In one, Emma who has two mothers and two fathers is told by a friend that she can’t sleep over as her mom doesn’t like Emma’s parents. Emma then starts to wonder if there’s a problem with her family.

February 25, 2014

'She’s being bullied by the homosexual lobby in Arizona and elsewhere'

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh complained on his show today that Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer is being 'bullied' into vetoing a controversial anti-gay bill.

The bill, passed by both houses of the legislature last week, would allow businesses to discriminate against anyone - including LGBTI people - if they say it for religious purposes.

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.

February 7, 2014

A new report by University of Western Sydney researchers has found that bullying is still all too common for LGBTI Australian young people with nearly one-in-ten saying the problem was so bad they had to change schools

Almost one-in-ten LGBTI Australian young people has had to change schools because of homophobic bullying and more than four-in-ten have thought about harming themselves because of bullying – according to a new report.

The Growing Up Queer report was released today and found a disturbing 16% of young Australians aged 18-27 had tried to commit suicide while 33% had self harmed.

42% had thought about self harm or suicide.

February 5, 2014

A North Carolina child is in intensive care after being hanging himself because he could not deal with the homophobic bullying at school any longer

An 11-year-old boy suffering homophobic bullying because of his love for My Little Pony has tried to kill himself.

Michael Morones was bullied so much he tried to hang himself at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

He is now lying in intensive care in hospital with damage to his brain, heart, and his lungs not yet fully awakened.

While there is healing potential, doctors believe there may be permanent life-long brain damage. His parents discovered him just in time but oxygen to his brain was momentarily cut off.

January 13, 2014

Stonewall's figures claim over a quarter of gay, lesbian and bisexual people are not open to their colleagues and 20% have been verbally bullied in the last five years

Millions witness homophobic bullying at work in the UK, a gay campaigning charity has found.

In the past five years, 2.4 million people of working age have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying at work with 800,000 people seeing physical attacks.

Stonewall’s figures also show over a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not open to colleagues about their sexual orientation.

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.