Sierra DeMulder, finalist in the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam, performs during the one minute round in WOWPS prelims in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a searing blast of Michele Bachmann.
I transcribed it so you can follow along. You'll probably be watching more than once.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Your husband owns a clinic that offers to cure homosexuality for up to $10,000 a year. So when you, Representative Bachmann, refused to acknowledge the bullying of gay students in your district, this must have been strictly business.
When another gay teenager commits suicide in Minnesota, you consider this free advertising. You buy a new necklace for every hanging, a bottle of Merlot for each overdose, your husband sends 'thank you' cards to their funeral, hand-signed, all referrals welcomed.
How could we expect you to take a stand against bullying when it helps pay for your mortgage, when it puts food in your children's belly? One day, your youngest daughter will ask you why her school supplies feel like they belong to someone else, her pencils write names that are not hers, Samantha, Nick, Aaron, Kevin. Tell her the truth Michele, that blood money is not a metaphor, that your wallet is heavy with those who have untied themselves. Tell your daughter that God is the bully with the biggest fist and you can only hope that he is on your side!
Rapper Eve and Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta team up for "Make It Out This Town" which offers an uplifting message to the bullied that they can make it through their adversity.
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Caylend Childs, a seventh grader at Mason Clark Middle School in East St. Louis, Illinois, spent all day with the word "fag" written on his neck because a bully had written it there, his mother told KTVI News.
Said Ruth Childs: "He was resting his head on his desk and a boy wrote it on his neck. I saw it when he got home and called the school after taking a picture of it. He did not know it was there, but all the kids were laughing at him. It was written in permanent marker."
School officials confirmed the incident did happen as well as another one for which students were discipline.
Said Childs: "They kicked in the stall door and kicked Caylend in the back. Urine got all over him."
Childs says that her son no longer wants to go to school. Is anyone surprised?
Watch KTVI's interview with Caylend and his mother, AFTER THE JUMP...
DIRTY GIRLS: "Shot in 1996 and edited in 2000, this is a short documentary about a group of 13-year-old riot grrrls who were socially ostracized at school by their peers and upperclassmen. Everyone in the schoolyard held strong opinions about these so-called 'dirty girls,' and meanwhile the 'dirty girls' themselves aimed to get their message across by distributing their zine across campus."
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: Joss Whedon's take on Shakespeare's classic.
BONNIE TYLER: The UK's entry for this year's Eurovision song contest.
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Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District found itself in the spotlight after the federal government investigated officials and students for failing to protect gay students from bullying. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights also turned its attention to the schools in the form of a lawsuit challenging the school's "neutrality" policy on dealing with gay students.
It was that hands off approach that allowed homophobia and hate to run rampant and led, many argue, to the suicide deaths of at least seven students in the district between 2009 and 2011.
Brittany "Lane" Geldert says the district is "more livable now."
The Champlin Park High School sophomore, who identifies herself as bisexual, was one of the students represented in the lawsuit. Of those students, only she and Dylon Frei, an Anoka High sophomore, still attend school in Anoka-Hennepin.
Geldert said things feel different from the past, when she was regularly called anti-gay slurs and was harassed because she was a girl more interested in the rock band Tool than in fashion.
"It's starting to change; not drastic, but it feels more like normal high school now," she said.
She said she hasn't been bullied once this year at Champlin Park, nor has she seen other LGBT students harassed.
Geldert said a friend was told by a teacher she couldn't kiss her girlfriend in the hallway because it would "confuse" other students, but the teen reported it and the district handled it "right away."
Tuesday marks the official one-year anniversary of the settlement, which required the school to train teachers on federal laws pertaining to LGBT people, remind them that they're required to report harassment and every school in the district now has an official in charge of monitoring bullying in all of its various forms. And for the next five years, the Justice Department's will be checking in to make sure the district stays on the straight and narrow when it comes to combating anti-LGBT attitudes.