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Bill Protecting LGBT Students in Nevada from Bullying Heads to Governor Brian Sandoval's Desk

An anti-bullying bill that includes protections for LGBT students has passed the Nevada Assembly and now heads to the desk of Gov. Brian Sandoval, who sponsored the legislation.

SandovalHRC reports:

“Far too many of our nation’s youth suffer from verbal and physical harassment or assault from their peers based on something as basic as who they are,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Thanks to the strong support of Governor Sandoval and those who advocated for this crucially important legislation, school districts in the Silver State will finally have the tools they need to implement protections for LGBT youth.” [...]

Once signed into law, twenty states plus the District of Columbia will have state laws that specifically protect LGBT students from bullying. These laws are vital because LGBT students face an increased risk of school bullying which can result in greater absenteeism, lower self-esteem, school pushout, lower grades, and lower educational aspirations for such students.

Ellen Tags Along With Gay Teen and His Straight Best Friend to See How Their Prom Date Went: VIDEO


Last month we reported on Anthony Martinez, the gay student at Desert Oasis High School, who tweeted that he really wanted a guy as his date to prom. Jacob Lescenski, his straight best friend, stepped in with a "promposal" that might be the sweetest display of true friendship ever.

Shortly after their story went viral, Ellen invited the two best friends on her show to let more of the world know their story and to reward the couple with two $10,000 checks for making a difference.

Ellen's camera crew were on hand at the prom this past Saturday to see how the special night (and the duo's memorable/nerve-wracking slow dance) went down. Jacob's parents were also interviewed and what they had to say really put things in focus.

"For a lot of people it really touched them to not really worry too much what someone else might think," said Jacob's mom. "It's amazing that two juniors in high school could actually make the world think a little bit." added Jacob's dad.



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Walmart Refused to Write 'Gay' on Cake Celebrating Gay-Straight 'Promposal' - VIDEO


As we reported earlier, a cake celebrating the adorable promposal shared by Nevada teen best friends Jacob Lescenski, straight, and Anthony Martinez, gay, was censored by a local Walmart bakery that refused to give Martinez's aunt a cake with the word "gay" on it.

AUNTFox 5 KVVU reports:

Sandoval said the initial associate told her she couldn't write that on the cake because it included the word "gay," and that was against store policy. She then asked to speak with a supervisor.

"[The] Supervisor takes my phone, looks at it, and was like stuck for a minute, and she was like, 'OK, I'm sorry, we can't use this'. And then I said, 'I'm going to ask you what I asked her because you're the supervisor. Why can't I use this? I don't understand. It's one word. It's gay,'" Sandoval said.

Not able to use her original idea, Sandoval instead had "You matter, Prom Kings" written on the cake. 

According to Fox 5 News, Walmart claims "proper management wasn't contacted" during the incident and that "nowhere in their store's policy does it say the word 'gay' can't be written on a cake":

A store manager is set to contact Sandoval to make this wrong right. Sandoval said although she appreciates the gesture, it's a little too late.

"It wasn't hurtful. It was to make my nephew happy, to see a smile on his face. I love that smile, to see that smile, that's all I wanted, and I'm disappointed. I really am," Sandoval said.

Watch the news report from Fox 5, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Teen Vogue' Documents Gay Teen and His Straight Best Friend On Their Hella Cute Prom Night: VIDEO


6a01bb07a7d602970d01b8d108b903970c-500wiYou will likely recall a story we brought you last month of of a gay teen near Las Vegas, Nevada receiving an adorable "promposal" from his straight best friend. Anthony Martinez had wanted--badly--to go with a guy to prom and took to Twitter to make his desire known. It was Anthony's tweet that caught his straight best friend Jacob Lescenski's attention. Jacob decided he would ask Anthony to prom and do it in a big way. He had his friends help make a giant poster for Anthony that read, "you're hella gay, i'm hella str8, but you're like my brother, so be my d8?" The promposal went viral and even landed the duo on Ellen. 

Now, Teen Vogue has tagged along with Anthony and Jacob to document their prom night, meet their families and find out a little more about their friendship. 

RELATED POST: Ellen Has a Surprise for the Straight Guy and the Gay Best Friend He Invited to Prom.

PromThough heartwarming, their story is not without reminders of prejudice. One of Anthony's family members had planned to get Anthony a cake that read, "You're gay, he's straight; you're going to prom, you couldn't have had a better date" but the bakery refused to make the cake because it had the word "gay" in the writing. 

Talking about the experience, Jacob says, "I expected people to say, 'This is different. This is not OK.' But it is OK. And that's what we're trying to prove."

Watch as the boys shop for tuxes, talk about their friendship and enjoy the big night, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Teen ‘Promposed’ To By Straight Best Friend Thanks Supporters: VIDEO

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Social media exploded last week with an outpouring of love and positivity toward two Las Vegas high school students after straight student Jacob Lescenski asked his gay best friend, Anthony Martinez, if he wanted to go to prom with him.

Now Lescenski and Martinez are returning the love by acknowledging their supporters in a video posted to Martinez's Instagram. The two shot the video while at a state conference for their school and although Martinez noted they were both tired from the conference, they both wanted to take time out of their busy day to thank their supporters. 


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Gay Teen’s Straight Friend Asks Him To Prom With Hella Cute ‘Promposal’

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Despite the series of inappropriate prom proposals appearing in various news stories this prom season, a young gay teen received an adorable "Promposal," from his straight best friend reports newnownext. Las Vegas high school student Anthony Martinez posted to Twitter that he wished a boy at his school would ask him to prom, stating that he didn’t care whether it was an official date or not but just a date to the school prom.

Martinez's straight best friend, Jacob Lescenski considers Martinez as a brother to him and decided to ask him to prom after his other date declined. Lescenski asked close friends of his to help him assemble and create a giant poster for Martinez.

Said Lescenski:

"I decided on going to prom alone because my original date idea didn't work out so well. Then one night I saw Anthony, who is my best friend, tweeting about wanting a date.

"So, I came up with the poster idea, asked my friend Mia to make it and asked him that next day. No one knew about it except for me, my friend Jamie and Mia who made the poster. It was a giant surprise to everyone, especially Anthony!"

Lescenski "Promposed" to Martinez on Wednesday at school shortly after lunch where Martinez was in the lunch room selling prom tickets. After selling tickets, Martinez ascended a pair of stairs on his way to class where he was met by Lescenski and the giant poster asking him to prom. Martinez happily accepted Lescenski's cheeky "Promposal."

Said Martinez:

"I saw this giant poster and assumed it was for another person—until I read 'You're hella gay.'"

The proposal has since spread like wildfire across social media, with many of the posts praising and expressing positivity toward the two. Martinez has already clarified on Tumblr that the date will include pictures, dinner and dancing; strictly platonic of course.


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