GLSEN Tampa Bay announces third annual fundraiser

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Education network GLSEN Tampa Bay has announced that “Breaking the Silence,” its third annual fundraiser for Tampa Bay youth, will be held at Jackson’s Bistro in Downtown Tampa Sept. 29.

“GLSEN Tampa Bay’s mission is to create safe and affirming schools in Hillsborough County as every student, in every school, should be valued and treated with respect,” the organization’s announcement reads. “GLSEN believes that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.”

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Yara Shahidi, Ellen Pompeo to be honored by GLSEN group

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LOS ANGELES (AP)| Yara Shahidi will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network for her advocacy for girls’ education at a gala later this year.

The group known as GLSEN announced Wednesday that the “grown-ish” star will receive its Game Changer Award at its Respect Awards, presented in October in Beverly Hills, California. Shahidi has advocated for gender parity in science, technology and engineering fields.

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Brendon Urie donates $1 million to support LGBT youth

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie has teamed up with GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) to establish GSA (Gender & Sexuality/Gay-Straight Alliance) clubs in high schools across America.

“For years my fans have inspired me with their determination and creativity as they have created a safe and inclusive community,” Urie said in a statement. “I felt the time had come for me to join them boldly, to bring that energy and power to bear on the huge challenges facing our whole society.”

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Disney announces new Rainbow Mickey Collection in time for Pride month

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Disney has released 11 new rainbow products just in time for Pride month, “Good Morning America” announced earlier today. The release of these new rainbow-themed items comes after Disney released new rainbow-colored Mickey Mouse ears exclusively in the parks last month. The new products include pins, shirts and sunglasses, all of which you can use to celebrate your Pride.

The full list of the new Pride-themed products follows and are available at shopDisney.com.

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Students march for their lives at the fourth annual Tampa Pride

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The fight for LGBTQ equality was born when men and women spoke out, stood up and demanded change for a better tomorrow. It’s why we celebrate Pride: to remember our plight and assert that we’ll never be silent again.

Powerful movements often begin with conflict or tragedy, as witnessed more recently at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In February, the school became the site of the country’s latest mass shooting, prompting student survivors to speak out, stand up and demand a change of their own.

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Metro Wellness, GLSEN hosts annual LGBTQ+ Youth Leadership and Empowerment Summit

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Tampa | Metro Wellness and Community Centers is partnering with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) of Tampa Bay to hold its annual LGBTQ+ Youth Leadership and Empowerment Summit on Feb. 17.

“It is 2018, and our local and national leaders are looking to youth to rise up and create positive change!” Metro’s press release on the event reads. “The objective of the LGBTQ+ Youth Summit is to provide information on health, education and empowerment so that every attendee walks away knowing that they belong and have an important voice in the community.”

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Julia Roberts supports students fighting for LGBTQ rights

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Julia Roberts announced she is standing with students fighting for LGBTQ rights under the Trump administration.

In a statement for PEOPLE, Roberts explained her show of public support for Miguel Johnson, a 16-year-old GLSEN student ambassador in St. Joseph, Mo., at the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards where she stood behind Johnson on stage.

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DeVos meets with LGBT groups over trans student protections

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Representatives from a trio of LGBT organizations and families with transgender kids met Wednesday with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in the aftermath of the Justice and Education Departments revoking Obama-era guidance assuring transgender students access to the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.

Mara Keisling, executive director of National Center for Transgender Equality, said the meeting came about as a result of the Trump administration rescinding the guidance, which informed discriminating against transgender students would violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

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LGBT groups urge Trump admin to keep trans protections

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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PHOTO: GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard is among the LGBT advocates who signed a letter urging the Trump administration to keep trans protections. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Following a signal from the U.S. Justice Department that guidance protecting transgender students may be on the chopping block, a trio of LGBT groups — as well as an LGBT-supportive women’s organization — are calling on the Trump administration to keep the policy in place.

The letter, dated Feb. 13, is addressed to newly confirmed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who would be responsible for any decision to rescind the guidance.

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Md. schools still hostile to LGBT students

By : Steve Charing of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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GLSEN last month released state-level data from its benchmark “National School Climate Survey,” which shows that U.S. secondary schools are slowly improving but remain hostile environments for many LGBTQ students.

In Maryland, the report found:

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GLSEN kicks off new school year with a new fundraiser

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School can be a challenging time for any student, and for those struggling with bullying, it can make school an even bigger challenge. LGBTQ students in the Tampa Bay area are finding some relief thanks to GLSEN.

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) is an organization that focuses on safe schools for all students regardless of gender identity.

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NBA releases new line of rainbow team shirts for Pride Month

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orlando magicOrlando – Have you ever wanted to show your gay pride and your love of the Orlando Magic at the same time? Well now, you can.

On June 7, shirt producer Teespring began selling a series of shirts with rainbow-colored logos on them for each of the 30 NBA teams. The line is the result of a collaboration between the NBA, GLSEN, and Teespring. The proceeds from sales of the shirts will be donated to GLSEN.

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