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Montana Finally Joins 49 Other States as Governor Signs Anti-Bullying Bill into Law

BullockMontana Governor Steve Bullock on Tuesday signed an anti-bullying bill that has been in the works for more than a decade, the AP reports.

The new law defines bullying as any repeated harassment, hazing or threatening in person, or in writing including electronic communication. As proposed, it would have directed public school districts to adopt certain policies addressing the issue of bullying. The final version simply prohibits students and teachers from bullying any student in a public K-12 school. It does not explicitly refer to cyberbullying, but the law would forbid it under the general bullying ban.

Bullock signed the Bully Free Montana Act at Jefferson Elementary School in Helena flanked by Rep. Kim Dudik, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, students and their families.

Montana was the only state in the union to have no legislation passed to fight bullying. It's about time.


Photo of Toronto Cop Who Dyed His Hair Pink to Oppose LGBTQ Bullying Goes Viral

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Toronto police officer Luke Watson's desire to see an end to anti-LGBTQ bullying burns with a hot pink intensity. To mark yesterday's Day of Pink, an international day against "bullying, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny across the world," Watson dyed his hair pink and pledged to keep it that way for an entire week if the Twitter photo of his new 'do was retweeted 1,000 times.

The photo has since been retweeted over 3000 times.

Global News reports that Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also took part in the Day of Pink, albeit without any body modifications. 

More on the day via the official website:

PinkThe International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying.


Dad's Video Goes Viral: My Boys are Being Assaulted at School Because I'm Gay— WATCH

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Joshua Alameda Franklin, a 31-year-old gay dad in Hilo, Hawaii posted a video this week to Facebook which is going viral on the social network. In the clip, Franklin talks to his 10- and 9-year-old sons Alae'a Stevens-Alameda and Joshua Poha Stevens-Alameda about the bullying, harassment, and physical assaults they endure at school because their dad is gay.

2_franklinSays Alae'a: "People would ask me about my father if he was gay and I would say, 'Yeah, there's nothing wrong with that.' I tried to walk away from this kid; he jumped on me and he slammed my face to a pole and gave me a black eye...They would call me gay, they would call me stupid, retard..."

Franklin's younger son Josh later tells a horrifying story of his own:

"I was walking up the stairs and someone called me gay and then I was trying to walk away, but they kept on talking and then I turned around and I said, 'Why are you calling me gay?' I knew he was going to cause a fight, so I was trying to walk away and he choked my neck and slammed me to the ground."

Franklin says he has witnessed the kids being called "faggot" and other names while teachers and supervisors stood by and do nothing. He says they have already had to change schools because of the harassment and inaction by administrators.

Franklin told KITV4: "The school is telling the perpetrators that are doing this to my children that they need to tolerate us, and they're using the word tolerance or tolerate in a way where it's very exclusive. So, basically what's being stated is that they're not willing to tell the kids that are doing this to my children, 'Hey, you know what, there's nothing wrong with being gay.'"

The news station adds: "A phone call to Hilo Union Elementary School Principal Erin Williams was not returned Thursday, but Department of Education communications director Donalyn Dela Cruz said the alleged bullying is being looked at."

Franklin said he's ready to start homeschooling his children, and made the video to make people aware of the issue.

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Hate Group Coalition Calls For Boycott Of 'Homosexuality-affirming' Anti-Bullying 'Day Of Silence': VIDEO

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A group of anti-gay activists and listed hate group members are calling for parents to keep their children out of school on this year’s anti-bullying “Day of Silence” campaign, reports Right Wing Watch.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c71806dd970b-piThe call to action was published by hate group Illinois Family Institute and was signed by homophobes including Penny Nance, Matt Barber, Peter Labarbera of Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality, the particularly vile Scott Lively, Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and others.

According to this nasty group of people who are obsessed with homosexuality, the “Day of Silence” on April 17 aims to “indoctrinate 16-year-olds” and is “the queen of all the numerous homosexuality-affirming activities that take place in public schools.”

The particularly nasty post reads in part:

“The Day of Silence...started in one university and then like a cancer metastasized to thousands of high schools, and then into middle schools. Before long it will take place in elementary schools. Leftists know that it’s easier to indoctrinate 16-year-olds than 36-year-olds and easier still to indoctrinate 6-year-olds.

“If it were solely about eradicating bullying, everyone—liberals and conservatives alike—would support it. But it’s not.

“The Day of Silence exploits government schools, captive audiences, and anti-bullying sentiment to advance the Left’s social, moral, and political beliefs and goals. [Event organizer Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network] seeks to advance the belief that all public expressions of moral disapproval of homosexual activity are bullying.

“A coalition of pro-family organizations is once again urging parents to keep their children home from school on the Day of Silence if their school administrations will be allowing students to politicize instructional time by refusing to speak.

“We must demonstrate the boldness and perseverance of the Left if we hope to stop the relentless appropriation of public education for the promotion of homosexuality.”

Listen to Mission America's Linda Harvey explain why it's perfectly reasonably to discriminate against and bully vulnerable LGBT teens, AFTER THE JUMP...

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One In Five British Gay Teens Bullied In School By Teachers Or Other Adults: VIDEO

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb08035fb8970d-800wiNew research shows that one in five gay or bisexual teens in Britain have been subjected to homophobic bullying at the hands of teachers or other adults at school, reports the Independent.

The “Boys Who Like Boys” report produced by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) questioned more than 1,000 gay or bisexual males between the ages of 14 and 19 about their experience of sex and relationship education in school.

While 55 percent of respondents said they had experienced bullying and discrimination due to their sexual orientation, 39 percent of that segment said a teacher or another adult at school had been responsible for the bullying.

The survey also suggests that poor sex education lessons are driving a rise in the number of young gay men contracting HIV.

Deborah Gold, the chief executive of the NAT, said:

“It’s an incredibly high number. The idea that teachers or other adults at school are sometimes responsible for bullying and discrimination is utterly unacceptable. It’s definitely an area I’d want to know more about. It’s a worryingly high enough statistic that you’d want to find out how that is impacting on young people.”

Gold added:

“The majority of the people that filled in this survey are leaving education not knowing how to protect themselves from HIV is shocking. The number of young men who have sex with men who are contracting HIV is increasing. I think there’s an absolute link between the lack of this education at a time when people need it and the consequences of that.”

Stonewall chief executive Ruth Hunt said the findings are “a sad but accurate representation of the situation that many young gay men face growing up in Britain today”.

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Sam Smith Opens Up About Being Bullied After Coming Out At Age 11

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Crooner Sam Smith is opening up about his experiences with bullying and homophobia after he came out at age 11. MTV News reports that the "Stay With Me" singer told British paper The Sun about the taunting he received not long after coming out: 

“A bunch of boys from a rival school would shout insults at me as I walked from my home to the train station,” he told The Sun. “I remember walking to the station getting ‘f—-t’ shouted at me all the time. It was the most mortifying thing. Not so much for me. I knew these people were stupid, uneducated twats.”

Smith also recalled a more violent homophobic attack that took place when he was older and living in London:

“When I moved to London I got punched in the neck walking back from work. It was definitely homophobic,” he said. “I was on the phone speaking quite loudly and had pink headphones on, so it was pretty clear I was gay.”

Smith, who once stirred controversy over remarks that he didn't want to be a spokesperson for the gay community, remarks he later retracted, went on to comment on the homophobia and bullying he sees also existing within the gay community itself:

“When I was 17 I decided to go gay clubbing in Soho in London. I remember walking in and this gay guy turned to his mate and said something really nasty about me,” Sam said. “My whole world just crashed and I had a really lonely feeling. I knew then it was going to take a lot longer to be accepted. There’s a lot of homophobia and bullying in the gay community. There’s also a lot of body dysmorphia in the gay community, which means if you’re not toned and skinny it can be awful.”

Smith has discussed bullying before, most recently in his recent Rolling Stone cover story. Sadly, the limelight has not shielded him from such negative attention. Shock jock Howard Stern recently called Smith a "chubby and gay" one-hit wonder and an "ugly motherf---er" on his radio talk show. 


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