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Bullied Transgender California Teen Dies In Apparent Suicide: VIDEO

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A Fallbrook, California trans teen who spoke on YouTube about being the victim of bullying has taken her own life, reports ABC 10 News.

In a video posted last November, Taylor Alesena talked about her loneliness at Fallbrook High School, saying "I've lost friends - tons of friends - and it's been hell.”

Max Disposit, executive director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside, said that Taylor was constantly cyber-bullied and called names in school but nothing changed when she complained to counselors.

The Fallbrook Union High School District issued the following statement:

"One of Fallbrook High School's students tragically passed away during the spring break, on Thursday, April 2.

“We are attempting to honor the family's request for privacy while also helping our students and staff who have been impacted by this sad event. The district has had counselors on site to support our school community.

“Fallbrook High has a continuum of appropriate services (social, emotional, academic) to ensure every student is supported and successful at Fallbrook High School. It is never easy when something like this happens, but we are working to move forward together and stronger than before."

Last month 16-year-old North Carolina trans teen Ashlyn Haffner died close to his family’s Indian Trail home when he stepped into the path of an oncoming vehicle, the same way Ohio transgender teen Leelah Alcorn died in December of last year.

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Rachel Maddow Reports on President Obama's Call to End Harmful LGBTQ 'Conversion Therapy' for Minors: VIDEO

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Yesterday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow addressed last night's late breaking news that President Obama had responded to a "We the People" petition and joined the fight to end dangerous, discredited "conversion therapy" for LGBTQ minors.

Maddow also referenced the 2013 "We the People" petition calling on the Obama Administration to "begin construction of a Death Star by 2016" that was sadly unsuccessful.

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Russia Bans Social Network Support Group For LGBT Teens: VIDEO

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A court in Russia has authorized the government to block the social network page of a support group for LGBT teens, reports Radio Free Europe.

6a00d8341c730253ef01901ec465ed970b-300wiLawyer Maria Kozlovskaya said the support group Deti-404 had been preparing for a court hearing on the issue on April 6th.

However, when activists arrived at the court in St. Petersburg they were told that a decision had already been made to include the group's page on VKontakte on a list of banned websites.

According to Kozlovskaya, it is very likely that the page will be blocked.

404 refers to the error message displayed on computer screens when people attempt to navigate to a web page that doesn't exist.

Last year, Russia’s People's Patriotic Channel claimed that the documentary Deti-404 violated Russia's "gay propaganda" law.

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Frank Ocean Reveals New Album ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and Release Date In Tumblr Post

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R&B singer Frank Ocean posted images of himself deciding between what appears to be two album covers to his Tumblr account along with the hashtags #Issue1, #ALBUM3, #JULY2015 and #BOYSDONTCRY revealing the title and release window of his third full-length album yesterday reports Spin.

Ocean captioned the two images saying, "I got two versions. I got twooo (sic) versions…" indicating that he is in the final processes of picking an official cover for the album. Ocean has remained particularly mum about the details of his new album except for releasing a demo snippet of a new song called Memrise in November 2014.

Ocean explored homoromantic subject matter in the songs Pink Matter and Forrest Gump on his previous album Channel Orange, leading news outlets and music journalists to speculate on the singer’s sexual orientation. Ocean later confirmed in an open letter, which was originally intended for the liner notes of Channel Orange, published on his Tumblr page affirming that his first love was with a man. Few details exist concerning Ocean’s new album Boys Don’t Cry, but the title may indicate that the singer may continue to explore these themes further.


Louisiana High School Bans Lesbian Student From Wearing Tuxedo To Prom

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A Louisiana high school banned one of its premier gay honor students from wearing a tuxedo to prom, claiming that she would violate dress code reports USA Today. Monroe High School Senior Claudetteia Love, who participated in the school’s high-achieving medical magnet program and is considered an academic superstar, was crushed at the news that she couldn’t attend her prom on April 24 if she wore a tuxedo.

Said Love: 

"I told my mom, 'They're using me. They put me in all these honors and advanced placement classes so I can take all of these tests and get good grades and better the school, but when it's time for me to celebrate the fact that I've accomplished what I need to accomplish and I'm about to graduate, they don't want to let me do it, the way I want to.'"

Love is set to represent her school at the annual Scholar’s Banquet; an event for the top students in Ouachita Parish. Geraldine Jackson, Love’s mother, discussed the issue with Principal Patrick Taylor, and received a different explanation as to why her daughter was banned from wearing a tuxedo to the prom.

Said Jackson:

"He said that the faculty that is working the prom told him they weren't going to work the prom if (girls) were going to wear tuxes. That’s his exact words. 'Girls wear dresses and boys wear tuxes, and that's the way it is.' 

"I feel like he's taking his values and throwing them on my daughter because of what her preference is and what she represents."

Love intended to attend the prom with a group of friends, but didn’t plan on bringing a date with her. Love’s friends have since chosen not to attend the prom because of the no-tux rule imposed on Love. Several members of her senior class launched a petition to change the rule but faculty have yet to act on it. However, Monroe City School Board President Rodney McFarland contacted The News-Star to announce that he is personally taking action on Love’s behalf, and that he will contact Superintendent Brent Vidrine and request that he discuss the rule with Principal Taylor.

Said McFarland:

"As school board president, I don't agree with Carroll banning her from her prom just because of what she wants to wear - that's discrimination. As far as I know there is no Monroe City School Board policy saying what someone has to wear to attend the prom. You can't just go making up policies."

The ACLU of Louisiana has also stepped in and written a letter to Superintendent Vidrine letting the district know that prohibiting a female student from wearing a tux "violates not only the laws against sex discrimination but also the First Amendment's right to free expression."


These LGBT Youth Fundraisers Are the Perfect Response to the Donations Pouring In Supporting Homophobia

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In the wake of supporters raising nearly $1 million for the homophobic Indiana pizzeria and Washington Florist Barronelle Stutzman, two counter GoFundMe campaigns are hoping to raise money for those who could actually use the financial aid: LGBT youth. 

The #Pizza4Equality campaign, created by activist Scott Wooledge, is currently raising funds to benefit Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, which works to end homlessness among LGBT youth. 

From the GoFundMe page:

Pizza4equalitySo I looked and saw that Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund has set April 29 as the first national #40toNoneDay to end #LGBT youth homelessness! And I thought, would it not be totally awesome if we equality supporters (and pizza lovers) could match that #MemoriesPizza  "charity" by April 29?  Can we match their amount and help homeless youth get off the street, learn life skills and get an education and jobs?

I'm an dreamer, but I say yes, we can!

The campaign has raised over $45,000 in the two days since it was created. Click HERE to donate. 

A separate GoFundMe is raising funds for Indiana Youth Group, which provides support services and social and leadership opportunities for LGBT youth.

From the "Support LGBT Youth in Indiana" GoFundMe page:

When Memories Pizza said they wouldn't serve pizza at a same-sex wedding, they were completely within their legal rights and still are. These expressions of intolerance and the ensuing fundraiser for hundreds of thousands of dollars send a terrible message to LGBT youth who already face more bullying, social pressure and higher rates of suicide.

Take a minute and, instead of trolling Memories on Yelp and being angry about it on Facebook and Twitter, donate $10; do something positive that will have a direct impact on LGBT youth in the state of Indiana.

I believe that we can and should out raise them 2x.

Over $24,000 has been raised so far. Click HERE to donate. 


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