A 16-year-old transgender girl facing battery charges may avoid jail time after agreeing to enter a restorative justice program.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute released a report Tuesday detailing a number of factors contributing to the exceedingly high rate of suicide attempts…
[Image: grunge-y bisexual flag background. In the middle of the picture there’s a black first with a sunburst spreading from its center. Upper text: “when we fight”. Lower text: “we’re fighting for our lives”.]
Rest in Peace, Francis Lapointe (aka Frank Wolf) who committed suicide on Nov. 25th 2013. He was an exquisite model, loved to cosplay and was bullied for cross dressing and simply being who he was and doing what he loved to do. I wish he could’ve listened to every single person who admired him and loved him. Let this influence you to love yourself for who you are, not what society thinks or what others think. Influence others that they are beautiful inside and out and that suicide is NEVER the answer.
We lost a beautiful person along with Paul Walker this month. Best wishes to his family, friends, and his fans.
RIP Frank Wolf <3
Jewlyes Gutierrez, a transgender student from Hercules, California, faces battery charges after she was involved in a fight at school last November following what she says were days of bullying by three female classmates. The teen is not alone is thinking her being prosecuted is unfair.
As of Friday (10 January) afternoon, nearly 5,000 people had signed a Change.org petition demanding that the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office drop the charges against Gutierrez. 'Just because the District Attorney's office can prosecute something doesn't mean they should, or that it's in the best interest of a child and society to pursue,' said Kaylie Simon, the public defender who is representing Gutierrez. 'If we take a step back and look at what are our community's needs and society's needs, it would be something much different from becoming a delinquent in the court system,' Simon added. 'That can cause more harm than good. I also wonder what message does it send to people who bully when someone who is a victim is prosecuted?'
Senior Deputy District Attorney Daniel J. Cabral told Gay Star News he could not speak about the details of the case but said that in general, prosecutors can’t turn a blind eye when someone commits an act of violence. 'Where do you draw the line. A bat? A gun?' Cabral said. 'The law says we have to hold all people accountable. If we pretend something didn't happen I don't think it would be helpful or productive.'
Transgender Law Center Legal Director Ilona Turner said that instead of filing charges against the teen, the DA’s office should instead work with the families and students involved to find an alternative means of resolving their conflict. The Center said such prosecutions can merely put the bullied transgender student in a ‘school to prison pipeline.’ Cabral said the prosecutors ‘do know the effects of bullying and we do sympathize with individuals who are bullied. On the other hand, as the District Attorney’s Office, we want to make sure the public is protected.’ He added: ‘We also want to make certain if people are bullied, the reaction is not to use violence.’
A transgender teenager is being charged with misdemeanor battery after fighting back against alleged bullies in a Contra Costa County school.
Please take the time to read this story and sign this petition.
2013 has been quite a year for breakout “Orange Is The New Black” star Laverne Cox. However, despite her position as one of the most prominent transgender individuals in the entertainment business, Cox faced adversity in her youth just like many other members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
As the adult LGBT community finds more and more of a place at the table in our larger community’s social and political life, we forget how difficult it can still be for young adults all across America.
Bullying and suicide might not automatically go hand in hand, but it’s not a factor to be dismissed.
An inquest has heard how a 14-year-old boy, who had made 20 reports of bullying to his school, bypassed settings on his computer to research suicide methods
"Bullying Not On Your Watch," a 921-mile walk that began in early October, is preparing to reach its conclusion as participants edge closer to New York City. A symbolic 37-day journey from Chicago to New York and sponsored by the Friend Movement, the campaign seeks to raise awareness surrounding bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, but also to honor the third anniversary of Tyler Clementi’s death.
The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is the ex-gay organization that stirred up the right-wing word by claiming that a trans kid (who I will refer to as Jane Doe, for reasons of safety) in Colorado was harassing cisgender girls in the restrooms. Right wing media outlets jumped at the story without conducting any fact checking, prompting members of the right wing community to call for the death of the trans kid. Yesterday, the TransAdvocate learned that Jane Doe is under suicide watch.
Also, the PJI just issued a press release complaining that the police are getting in the way of their fun:
In a report released late yesterday, Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti again waved off parents’ and students’ concerns about the district’s decision to allow a teenage boy at Florence High School who identifies as a girl to freely enter girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms. The district was responding to a letter from Pacific Justice Institute raising serious concerns about the privacy rights of PJI clients who are teenage girls at the school. The Superintendent’s conclusions were not surprising, since she had already sought sympathy from and given an exclusive interview to a transgender activist. What was surprising to PJI attorneys, though, was the report’s failure to address threats by the athletic department against some of the girls’ continued participation in school sports after they asserted their rights. Even more troubling was the Superintendent’s warning that the complaining families were now subject to having their social media monitored by police.
The bullies go on to complain:
“Since we first broke this story, it has been shocking to see the lengths to which school officials and LGBT activists have gone to suppress the truth,” stated Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute. “We have now received a large and growing stack of hate mail from supposedly tolerant LGBT supporters, most of which is based on unquestioning faith in school officials who have proved to be untrustworthy. It is increasingly apparent that school officials and LGBT activists are on an all-out mission to discredit our clients rather than deal with the serious problems they have identified with a biologically teenage boy sharing bathrooms with their teenage daughters. These new developments only stiffen our resolve and renew our focus to seek a balanced solution that honors the rights and needs of all students.”
It’s there prerogative to seek out everyplace they can find in the US to try to do this, there’s not much we can do about that from the standpoint that that’s their prerogative. It is my prerogative however, to prevent them from injuring this child, or any other child. You want to go after an adult, that’s fine. As an adult, you have a right to do that, but do not do it against a child. We want them to stop disrupting the school with their bullying. We want them to take their hate and go back home. - Sally Moondancer
Or, maybe the local business, 3rd Dimension Signs can explain it to them:
Before they start casting judgment on others they should really take a long hard look in the mirror and see who the real monster is here… Keep your hate and bigotry out of our community it’s not welcome here.
Or, maybe Kayli Conway, a Florence High School student can explain it to them:
They’re kind of making it a bigger deal than it should be… [This is] a big time bully problem.
This seems to be some lovely circular conservative logic at its finest. “Coach” Dave Daubenmire uploaded a new rant to the Internet this week — this time about bullying.