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Anoka-Hennepin Students, Parents Hold Pride Event as School District Faces Yet Another Anti-Gay Bullying Lawsuit: VIDEO


Some parents in the Anoka-Hennepin School District are doing the right thing:

More than 300 people showed up for the first ever Anoka LGBTQ Youth Pride at Mississippi River Community Park.

"Its not a political event," said middle school teacher Jefferson Fietek, who organized the picnic to show gay teens in the community that they aren't as alone as they might think. "One of the sad things I've heard kids say is, ‘If they knew who I was, they wouldn't love me or wouldn't like me.’ This is saying you are wrong, and these people do love you and support you."

The Anoka-Hennepin School District has become "ground zero" in the fight against gay bullying after six teenagers committed suicide over the past two years.

Watch video of the Pride event and interviews with students, AFTER THE JUMP...

Bullying Meanwhile, the National Center for Lesbian Rights has filed another lawsuit against the school district, MPR reports:

The lawsuit, filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), says school officials failed to intervene to help a 15-year-old student at Jackson Middle School who was being harassed and physically assaulted by fellow students because of her sexual orientation and perceived gender nonconformity.

Executive director Kate Kendell said the district's actions violated the student's rights under the U.S. Constitution, Title IX and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The center is also representing five other students in a similar suit and will ask to have the two cases consolidated.

"The facts are chillingly similar and also heartbreaking," she said. "These are students who were called all sorts of names (and) faced a daily barrage of anti-gay slurs directed at them."

Watch video of the Pride event and interviews with students, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via think progress lgbt)

Anoka-Hennepin Students, Parents Hold Pride Event: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com


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  1. It's great to see decent people fighting back against evil. Brava for that wonderful young woman for representing. And good for that local station for doing such a good job covering the event. Yes, they did have to have the shot of the one guy wearing the purple hat with the leopard-print band, but you can't have an event supporting gender nonconforming kids and not have some gender nonconforming.

    Nice to have good news to kick off the day.

    Posted by: justme | Aug 11, 2011 11:11:43 AM

  2. @Essay Help
    Ne pered tem, kak mi zapyli bi tebya v zemle, gde tebya nikto ne najdet. Enjoy )))

    Posted by: Mk_Ultra_Again | Aug 12, 2011 3:36:46 AM

  3. For all you "Obama-haters" out there, please note that the Bush (or any future Republican) Justice Department would NOT investigate this school district (or look into any gay bullying issues for that matter). Unless you're voting for Fred Karger, or one of the delusional GOProuders, the only choice in 2012 is BHO.

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | Aug 12, 2011 5:14:35 AM

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