St. Petersburg extends bullying protections to LGBTQ youth

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ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman has extended the city’s anti-bullying policy in its youth programming to protect LGBTQ youth ahead of St Pete Pride 2019.

The City of St. Petersburg is committed to providing an environment for all youth that is safe, secure and free from harassment and bullying of any kind, officials shared June 21. The policy applies to any youth enrolled or participating in programs run or sponsored by the city.

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Tyler Clementi Act reintroduced to prohibit anti-LGBTQ bullying

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With the goal of seeking to draw attention to anti-LGBT bullying at colleges and universities, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) reintroduced legislation Wednesday seeking to require higher education facilities to adopt policies against harassment.

The legislation, called the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, which is named for a gay college student who died by suicide in 2010 by throwing himself from the George Washington Bridge after he experienced cyberbullying during his first semester at Rutgers University. 

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Holocaust Center in Maitland to present panel on Bully Prevention

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MAITLAND, Fla. | The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida in Maitland will hold a bully prevention panel discussion on Oct. 14 in conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month.

The panelists include Megan Berry, UpStanders program coordinator of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center; Mary Bridges, senior director of student services of Orange County Public Schools; Maureen Dobbins, prevention specialist of Seminole County Public Schools; and Kathleen Morgan, DNP of RDV Sportsplex Rediatrics. The moderator is Barb Bergin, executive director of Crimeline — a company that assists law enforcement agencies in Central Florida.

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Gay-owned company brings Parkland shooter’s brother to Va.

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Zachary Cruz was arrested for trespassing at the school where his brother allegedly killed 17 people. Photo courtesy Broward County Police.

A Virginia-based company founded by a gay businessman last week arranged for the release from jail of the brother of the Parkland, Fla., shooting suspect who had been arrested in March for trespassing on the grounds of the school in which his brother allegedly killed 17 people.

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Mom says bisexual Mississippi 6th grader hanged self over bullying

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — The parents of a 6th grade-boy in Mississippi who hanged himself in the family garage say he was bullied at school after saying he might be bisexual.

WREG-TV reports that 12-year-old Andy Leach left a note for his family before killing himself on March 6. His parents, Cheryl Hudson and Matt Leach, say they learned after his death that other Southaven Middle School students called their son worthless and ugly and threatened to beat him up.

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Bijou Phillips apologizes for gay-shaming Daniel Franzese on set of ‘Bully’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Bijou Phillips has apologized for gay-shaming and harassing her “Bully” co-star Daniel Franzese.

Franzese, also known for his roles on “Mean Girls” and “Looking,” accused Phillips of being homophobic and fat-shaming him on the set of the 2001 film “Bully.”

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Law criminalizing online harassment may be unconstitutional

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah lawmakers say they hope a new, unique law cuts down on the expanding and increasingly troubling forms of cyber harassment by giving authorities the ability to send the online bullies to jail.

But some lawyers and a libertarian-leaning group say they are concerned with the law’s vague language, which they say could be unconstitutional and apply to innocuous, normal online behavior such as criticizing a neighbor’s choice of house paint.

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Study: Bullying persists in school, reports of sex crime up

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A new study shows that 1 out of every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school. And the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade.

The study by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Justice Department released May 16 says that overall instances of bullying have been declining in American schools over the past decade. But 21 percent of students aged 12-18 still reported being bullied in 2015. That’s slightly below the international average.

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“It Gets Better” hopes to help eliminate LGBTQ teen bullying and suicide with song and hope

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TAMPA – Suicide is the leading cause of death among LGBTQ young people in the U.S., according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of suicide attempts is four times greater for LGBTQ youth than their straight counterparts, and many of these cases have been the result of bullying.

Statistics like these have lead to the creation of organizations such as The Trevor Project, Stomp Out Bullying and the It Gets Better Project, the latter of which is traveling the country with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and Speak Theater Arts and holding educational workshops to help curb the epidemic of bullying and LGBT teen suicide. The group will visit Tampa the fourth week of March.

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Hasan Minhaj ‐ Homecoming King

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The theatrical debut of humorist and The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj, Homecoming King is the story of the “New Brown America,” based on true events from Minhaj’s first generation Indian-American experience. Navigating between two worlds, it follows Minhaj’s arrival in the United States from meeting his sister to experiencing racism, bullying, interracial love and his family’s quest to achieve the elusive American Dream.

College students protest Donald Trump’s deportation plans among rising reports of bullying

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College students at campuses around the United States marched and rallied Nov. 16, urging administrators to protect students and employees against immigration action under a Donald Trump presidency.

Rallying supporters on social media with the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus, organizers said actions were planned at more than 80 schools, including Vermont’s Middlebury College, where about 400 people gathered, and Yale University, where demonstrators numbered about 600.

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Deaf, gay Ecuadorian author overcomes bullying, publishes book

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New York (AP) – As a deaf and gay student in Ecuador, Cesar Baquerizo was bullied and a victim of societal prejudice.

Now, after five years of writing, Pen Name Publishing has released his first novel in English, “A Safe Place With You.”

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