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Mother of Gay Teen Suicide Victim Delivers Petitions, Urges Michele Bachmann to Address Bullying: VIDEO


Tammy Aaberg, mother of Anoka-Hennepin gay teen suicide victim Justin Aaberg, delivered a box containing petitions bearing more than 130,000 signatures to Michele Bachmann's office yesterday, urging the congresswoman to address the issue of anti-LGBT bullying.

Watch KSTP's news report on the petition delivery, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Star-Tribune reports:

About 500 of the signers came from Bachmann's district, according to Becky Bond, a spokeswoman for San Francisco-based Credo Action, a for-profit mobile communications company that directs some of its profits to progressive causes. It also offers opportunities for users to generate and sign petitions.

The hourlong meeting with Bachmann staffer Deb Steiskal included Aaberg; Edina senior Gabe Aderhold, who heckled Bachmann during an Iowa State Fair appearance last month; his mother, Audrey Kingstrom; Edina classmate Graham Luterbach; Justin Anderson, a gay graduate of Blaine High School, and constituent Denny Smith, a St. Cloud resident. They shared their stories and views as Steiskal took notes and asked questions.

WCCO reports:

The congresswoman’s press secretary issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying Bachmann will be reviewing Aaberg’s request as well as the petition and when she is finished with the review she will respond.

The Anoka-Hennepin School District also released a statement saying that the district “stands behind any and all efforts to end bullying of gay students.”

As you may know, Anoka-Hennepin is the subject of a federal lawsuit and investigation brought by civil rights groups and former students who charge that the school district, which has seen seven teen suicides over the past two years, refused to stand against anti-gay bullying or combat homophobia in its school system.

Watch KSTP's news report on the petition delivery, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Bachmann's gay hatred runs so deep, I doubt if she'll even glance at it. Or else, she'll refer bullying victims to her husband's clinic.

    Posted by: Chopsie | Sep 16, 2011 10:58:31 AM

  2. Justin didn't just kill himself out of the blue, that's unlikely, unless he had a serious mental illness and/or suffering negative side effects from medications/drugs. I really don't mean to be mean, but where was Justin's mom [dad?], family, friends, in the lead-up to his suicide?

    I find using a persons suicide [usually done for very personal reasons, not politics or external agitation] disagreeable.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 16, 2011 11:14:49 AM

  3. Well, ratbastard, I'm sure Tammy Aaberg finds her son's suicide and the christian right's cheering of it more disagreeable.

    Posted by: Keori | Sep 16, 2011 11:46:24 AM

  4. I was bullied to the point of being physically and sexually assaulted by my bullies. I would have killed myself too if it weren't for having a twin brother that went through the same things. We were able to support each other through it.

    These gay teens are killing themselves because of the severe bullying/torture they are experiencing in schools and because of internalized homophobia.

    Posted by: Josh | Sep 16, 2011 11:52:36 AM

  5. Wasn't there an article posted here just the other day where a guy couldn't get 30k signatures or something and had to give up and this woman gets over 100k just to get the Bachmonster to talk about gay rights? These two should get together.

    Posted by: NoSleep4Sam | Sep 16, 2011 11:56:59 AM

  6. Ratbastard,

    Get raped to death in prison, please.

    Posted by: Frank | Sep 16, 2011 1:01:51 PM

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