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Lesbian Basketball Players Sue Pepperdine University For Discrimination, 'Mental Anguish' - VIDEO

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Pepperdine University basketball players Haley Videckis and Layana White are suing their head coach and the school for alleged civil rights violations regarding their sexual orientation, reports OutSports.

Pepperdine, a private religious school in California which is allegedly in receipt of some public funding, says its purpose is to pursue the highest academic standards "within the context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith."

Back in 2012, the Malibu-based university blocked the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance called 'Reach Out' because Dean of Students Mark Davis said homosexuality is against "God's Will".

Videckis and White claim they were harassed for being in a relationship with each other. They allege the mental anguish ultimately led to a suicide attempt by White.

The two are suing coach Ryan Weisenberg and the university for violating their civil right to privacy and for violations of a 1972 California law which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities.

The complaint alleges that coach Weisenberg said "Lesbianism is not tolerated on this team” and is “a big concern in women's basketball."

In a statement released over the weekend, the university said”

“We take allegations of this kind very seriously. We conducted an immediate and thorough investigation and found no evidence to support these claims. The University remains committed to a diverse and inclusive environment.”

Watch Videckis discuss a game victory back in February, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bryan Fischer: Gay History Begins With Sodom And Gomorrah - VIDEO

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Bryan Fischer, the head of rabidly anti-gay listed hate group the American Family Association, has said that schools teaching gay history will need to start with Sodom and Gomorrah, reports Right Wing Watch.

Fischer was holding forth on his wingnut radio show yesterday on the “right” of a creationist theme park in Kentucky to refuse to hire gay people despite an application for federal funding.

He then confused history with fiction, bringing up a requirement in California that school districts include the contributions of LGBT people in their history curricula and demanding that any such lessons begin with Sodom and Gomorrah.

"Every public school in the state of California has got to indoctrinate, brainwash students in homosexuality.

"I will support you teaching homosexuality in California's public schools on the condition that you start with Sodom and Gomorrah. If you want to teach gay history in your public schools, then you've got to teach gay history. Gay history starts with Sodom and Gomorrah, so if you start there, you can teach all the gay history that you want.”

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12-Year-Old California Boy Takes His Own Life After Facing Anti-gay Bullying for Being School Cheerleader: VIDEO

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Tragic news out of Folsom, California as a young boy committed suicide Wednesday after facing ongoing bullying for being his school's only male cheerleader. 

Ronin Shimizu, 12, was Folsom Middle School's only boy on the Eagles cheer squad last year. He was being homeschooled this year because the bullying got so bad. 

Sacramento station KXTV reports:

He was bullied very badly," Riley Coleman said as she teared up. The Folsom Middle School sixth grader was on the squad with Ronin last year. "It's not ok to bully people," she said through tears.

"So sad to know that people can hurt you that way," student Allie Flahive said.

"I was devastated when I found out. I started crying," Ronin's friend Grace Velander said. "I've known him since 6th grade. Me and him had classes all last year together."

A school official confirmed the Shimizu family reported multiple times that Ronin was being bullied in school. Said one fellow student: “I heard that people called him gay because he was a cheerleader”.

The school district released a statement saying:

"We are shocked and deeply saddened by this unspeakable tragedy, and our hearts go out to Ronin's family during this difficult time. Many students, teachers and staff who knew Ronin remember him as a positive and outgoing child, and our school communities are truly grieving this loss today. We are moved by the outpouring of support from families and community members asking how they can help."

Friends of Ronin said the young boy was passionate about his cheerleading and loved it. A vigil for Ronin was held last night at his home. 

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Hollywood Chick-Fil-A Franchise Holds LGBT Youth Fundraiser - VIDEO

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A Chick-Fil-A franchise in Hollywood, California held a fundraiser last weekend with the national gay youth group Campus Pride to help raise funds to combat bullying, reports LOGO TV.

Chick-Fil-A has faced the wrath of LGBT activists in recent years following the revelation that anti-gay CEO Dan Cathay has been funding homophobic groups and activists including the anti-gay listed hate group Family Research Council. Dancathy

During Saturday’s fundraiser an unspecified percent of sales went to Campus Pride’s campaign to raise money for an anonymous $10,000 matching grant. A table was also set up with pamphlets about Campus Pride and the anti-bullying organization Stand Up Foundation.

Of the event, Campus Pride director Shane Windmeyer said:

“We’re not going to turn away anyone who wants to be an ally and help us fundraise. Activism is dirty work. It’s work that some people don’t always agree on the journey or the past and today we were just trying to be positive, to move forward and to do things that are common ground issues.”

Watch a Young Turks report on Cathy's anti-gay comments, AFTER THE JUMP...

And don't forget to check out the 10 Businesses To Avoid This Holiday Season If You Care About LGBT Rights.

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Gay Man Ambushed, Stabbed in Brutal San Bernardino County Hate Crime: VIDEO

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Police are on the lookout for a man involved in an brutal attack against a 34-year-old gay man in San Bernardino County late last month, The Los Angeles Times reports:

Ethan walkerDetectives arrested two suspects -- a 17-year-old boy and 22-year-old Robert Fraire -- and are still looking for Ethan Walker [pictured right], the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

The 17-year-old was not identified because he is a minor.

The attack occurred Oct. 28 in a remote drainage wash near Mall Boulevard and Petaluma Road in Victorville, authorities said.

Before the attack Walker and the victim were friends, officials said. But, apparently after learning the man was gay, Walker arranged to meet him near the drainage wash to walk him to work, where Walker, Fraire and the 17-year old, attacked him with rocks, bottles and the board while yelling gay slurs, according to sheriff's authorities.

Earlier this week, the victim (who chose to remain anonymous) spoke to CBS Los Angeles about the attack. You can watch his interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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Carl DeMaio Sexual Harassment Accuser Todd Bosnich Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge: VIDEO

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Todd Bosnich, a former Carl DeMaio campaign staffer who accused the openly gay GOP candidate of sexual harassment, has been arrested after a suspected altercation with his mother, NBC San Diego reports:

SDPD Lt. Mayer says during an argument with his mother, Bosnich allegedly pushed her, threw a drinking glass at her and disabled her phone.

Court records show a domestic violence case was filed against him Monday, and he was booked into jail Tuesday for battery, disabling a telephone line and assault with a deadly weapon.

Shortly after being released from jail, Bosnich ducked into a nearby bail bonds office.

DeMaio, who lost his race for California's 52nd congressional district to incumbent Scott Peters, denied the sexual harassment allegations - maintaining that Bosnich was a disgruntled ex staffer who was fired for plagiarism and may be responsible for the break-in at DeMaio's San Diego office back in May

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