A shocking survey reports how two in five transgender young people have tried to kill themselves, while 80% of gay teens are bullied.
A major new study finds adults who were bullied as children experience negative effects on their physical, emotional, and economic well-being as long as four four decades later.
A central California mayor says bullying victims should toughen up, “grow a pair” and defend themselves, sparking anger among some city officials and gay rights advocates.
A victim of chronic bullying, Jewlyes Gutierrez was charged with battery following a physical altercation with her tormentors. After being placed in a restorative justice program, charges were dropped.
A Missouri school district issued a letter to parents last week, informing them of another student’s transgender status and asking fellow students to avoid bullying. But did the district violate federal law in the process?
The National Centre for Social Research has been awarded a contract to take forward the first stage of a project to help drive out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.
Three police officers have been dismissed over “extremely serious” allegations of homophobic and sexist bullying.
We need to move away from any perception that bullying is just an inevitable part of growing-up. Teachers, parents and policy-makers should be aware that what happens in the school playground can have long-term repercussions for children.
-Professor Louise Arsenault
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…
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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.
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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.