Tennessee Student Discouraged From Forming LGBT Group
Openly gay Wilson Central High School senior Chris Bauman says that his application to form a gay support group at his school has met with a mixture of silence and opposition since he submitted the application over a month ago, despite federal law being clear that if the school allows other groups it must also allow students to form a Gay Straight Alliance or equivalent forum.
Bauman wants to create the club due to a number of bullying related suicides in the state of Tennessee.
Bill Would Make Illinois Hate Crime Laws Trans-Inclusive
In a move hailed by supporters, a bill to add gender identity to Illinois’ hate crimes statute was introduced into the state’s General Assembly last week.
The legislation, introduced into the state House by Rep. Kelly Cassidy of Chicago’s 14th District, would amend the state’s Criminal Code of 1961 to include “gender identity, military status and immigration status” as recognized classes.
Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno has said that he plans to introduce an ordinance that will create a commission to handle and ensure the protection of transgender people while in police custody.
The proposed ordinance comes after a number of complaints from the trans community over how they have been treated.
This is not to misstate that Chicago has a particular problem with regards to police treatment of trans people beyond that of most other police departments. As the National Transgender Discrimination Survey showed, a lack of protections has left the community vulnerable throughout the USA.
A new generation turns to the video-sharing site to talk about treatments and experiences, and build a community
Jazmine says her goal is to “to help the next generation of gender binary nonconforming people be themselves and be free.” Her monthly videos of her Lupron shots prep other trans girls for what’s in store with the treatment — the size of the needle, the burning sensation. She posts videos that detail the progress (like less facial hair) and side effects (acne, weight gain, testicles “shrivel[ing] up”) that she’s experiencing throughout the process.
The same is true of many videos posted by trans guys.
STUDY: Bullying a Strong Factor for Suicide in Gay Youth
Previous research has suggested that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children are more likely to be suicidal and hurt themselves. A study released in the journal Developmental Psychology last year found that these people who were bullied as children were about 2.5 times more likely as others to be clinically depressed as young adults.
In the new study, reported in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers surveyed 246 LGBT youth aged 16 to 20 and followed them over several years to see what happened to them. Fifty-seven percent of the participants were black; about half were female.
Being bullied (over the time period of the study) and a low level of support from others boosted the risk that the teens would become suicidal. Bullying also boosted the risk that they would try to harm themselves. Over the 2.5-year study, slightly more than 15 percent of the people in the survey reported trying to harm themselves.
Youth Pride Band in South Florida Raises Awareness of LGBT Bullying
Music lovers packed the small Amaturo Theater on Sunday night to hear the inaugural concert of the Youth Pride Band of South Florida, a wind ensemble with two aims: Putting on a good show and raising awareness of LGBT bullying.
Twenty-seven local high school students from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties joined the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, an adult band of about 50, to play for an appreciative crowd that ranged in age from kids to seniors.
Minnesota school district drops anti-LGBT policy that spawned national controversy
Minnesota’s embattled Anoka-Hennepin School Board voted on Monday to repeal a long-held policy that prohibits discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the classroom and replaced it with a policy that directs district staff to “affirm the dignity and self-worth of all students,” including those who are LGBT. Anti-discrimination groups hailed the move, while conservative Christian parents warned that the district would be overrun with “homosexual indoctrination.”