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Study: LGBT Youth Report Online Harassment Three Times More Often Than Heterosexual Peers

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A recent study by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network shows that nearly three times the amount of LGBT youth respondents reported bullying and harassment online as compared to their non-LGBT peers, reports The Advocate.

Additionally, the report demonstrates that LGBT youth were twice as likely to report being harassed via text message.

Based on a national survey of 5,680 students in middle and high school, effects of bullying reported included lowered self-esteem, higher likelihood of depression, and lowered grade point averages.

However, noting that respondents reported increased peer support, access to health information, and opportunities for civic engagement, Michelle Ybarra, the president and research director of the Center for Innovative Health Research said that the Internet “does not serve to simply reinforce the negative dynamics found offline regarding bullying” but “also offers LGBT youth critical tools for coping with these negative experiences."

The study found LGBT youth nearly twice as likely to research medical information online, with transgender youth proving particularly proactive in that area.

In April, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed an anti-bullying bill into law strengthening protections for LGBT students and students with disabilities.

Previously, 'Same Difference': Documentary Film Looks at LGBT Youth - VIDEO


'Same Difference': Documentary Film Looks At LGBT Youth - VIDEO

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Filmmakers Joshua Sweeny and Kyle Wentzel are shedding light on the powerful effects that school environments have on LGBT youth in their new documentary Same Difference. The film tells the stories of two gay-identified boys, Graeme Taylor and Justin Aaberg, growing up in the midst of drastically different social settings:

Graeme Taylor, now 18 and off to college, grows up and goes to school in a supporting environment that allows him to thrive. Justin Aaberg (1994-2010) unfortunately grows up and goes to a school filled with intolerant backwards policies and scandal. Justin was just one of nine LGBT youth that took their lives while attending the Anoka-Hennepin School District between 2009-2011.

Same Difference focuses on the Anoka-Hennepin School District, which was identified as a suicide contagion area between 2009-2011 by state health officials after a slew of bullying-related deaths. Sweeny and Wentzel are currently in the process of raising funds to complete post production on the film via their IndieGogo page with 26 days left to go. Completion of their funding goals will bring the film to the festival circuit as well as to classrooms in order to better equip teachers and educators to handle discussions about LGBT identity in youth populations.

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Gay Swedish Teen Told To Clean Up Homophobic Graffiti

SwedenProof that not only Americans enjoy blaming and punishing the victim, a gay teenager in Sweden reported the slur "dirty fag" scrawled on the bathroom walls at his school only to be told by the principal to "erase it himself."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, other teachers had seen this instance of homophobic graffiti directed at the student as well as several others, but have never taken any action against it.

The student has since left the school for an internship in order to escape the bullying that he endured for two years, and he has reported the incident to Sweden's Discrimination Ombudsman accusing the school of discrimination.


California Mayor Suggests Bullied Kids 'Grow A Pair': VIDEO

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At a May 6 city council meeting, when councilwoman Virginia Gurrola suggested that the city of Porterville, California support a student-led anti-bullying program called "Safe Zones,” the current mayor Cameron Hamilton suggested that bullied kids “grow a pair.”

The Visalia Times-Delta reports:

Designed to provide safe places for children to go when they are being bullied, such ("Safe Zone” bully-free) locations would be designated with a sign or sticker…

With their trusty laptops in front of them, some of the council members did an immediate search on "Safe Zone". As there are several programs with that name around the country, and many of them geared towards the LGBT community, a red flag (or more precisely, a rainbow flag) went up…

Mayor Hamilton was having none of that. "I'm against bullying,” he said, “but I'm getting damn tired of it being used as a mantra for everything, and the ills of the world. All most people just have to grow a pair, and stick up for them damn selves.”

Gurrola reportedly responded, “It's hard to just grow a pair when you're a 10-year-old girl.”

The same report adds:

“Mayor Hamilton is the only person to vote against the item last week. So Safe Zone will be talked about next Tuesday. Action News reached out to the Mayor repeatedly for a comment and did not hear back from him. A few council members declined comment as well.”

Local reporter Jim Reeves says that the city’s anti-gay fervor caused the council to rescind a 2013 mayoral proclamation declaring June as LGBT Pride Month under the previous mayor.

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Janelle Monáe's 'Heroes' Shows Why You Should Never Ever Pick On Nerds - VIDEO

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You already knew that robosexual singer Janelle Monáe covered “closet heterosexual” David Bowie’s classic Heroes.

But what you didn’t know was that the video shows why you should never ever pick on nerds — especially ones with friends that read comic books and make cool costumes.

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Gay Michigan Teen's Home Tagged with Homophobic Graffiti: VIDEO

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An openly gay teen in Vienna Township, Michigan, has been targeted with hate graffiti painted on his home, NBC25 reports. The home of 16-year-old Levi Peabody was tagged with an anti-gay slur and an arrow pointed to his bedroom and the family believes that Peabody's classmates are behind it.

“I want the kid that did this to get caught,” says Levi’s mother.

The Peabodys have even installed a security camera in their bedrooms to try and catch the culprits but more importantly to let people know, they will not stand for this.

“I mean it's disgusting,” adds Melanie Peabody.

The Genesee County Sheriff's department says they're working with Clio school officials to identify potential suspects through hand writing samples.

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