Tag Archives: LGBTQ Youth

FL County To Notify Parents Of Trans Kids In Gym Class

The Tallahassee Democrats reports: After three hours of fiery public debate, the Leon County School Board unanimously approved its “LGBTQ Inclusive School Guide” Tuesday night. What drew the most debate was a provision that a school will notify parents — by form — if a student who is “open about their gender identity” is in a physical education class or …

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Biden Admin Proposes Protections For LGBTQ Students

The Associated Press reports: The Biden administration proposed a dramatic overhaul of campus sexual assault rules on Thursday, acting to expand protections for LGBTQ students, bolster the rights of victims and widen colleges’ responsibilities in addressing sexual misconduct. The proposal, announced on the 50th anniversary of the Title IX women’s rights law, is intended to replace a set of controversial …

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NYC’s Ali Forney Center Marks 20 Years Since Opening With Shoutout To The Generosity Of JMG Community

Via longtime JMG pal Carl Siciliano: It was 20 years ago today that the Ali Forney Center opened its doors. I’ll never forget that evening. It was a hot, humid June night. My husband, Raymond, had joined us to cook the first meal for our young people, which only upped the heat within our space in the lower floor of …

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Biden To Sign Order On Ex-Gay Torture, LGBTQ Health

USA Today reports: In an effort to address some of the anti-LGBT bills, the president’s order will call on the Department of Health and Human Services to release new sample policies for states on how to expand access to comprehensive health care for LGBT+ patients. He is also calling on the Department of Education to release a sample school policy …

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Pennsylvania Reps Plan To Intro “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Harrisburg’s ABC News affiliate reports: Two Pennsylvania lawmakers plan to introduce a bill “to address discussions of gender identity and sexual orientation in Pennsylvania schools.” State Senators Scott Martin [photo] and Ryan Aument, both Republicans representing Lancaster County, say the bill would pertain to age-inappropriate conversations in elementary schools. According to the senators, the proposal would prohibit classroom instruction on …

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North Carolina GOP Introduces “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Raleigh’s ABC News affiliate reports: North Carolina Senate Republicans took a step that could have been expected: They are filing a bill that dictates what teachers can say to young children about sexuality and requires them to disclose confidential conversations they have with students about gender identity and sexuality. State Sen. Deanna Ballard (R-Watauga), chair of the Senate Education Committee, …

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Maine Teenagers Take Over Small Town’s Pride Event

The Bangor Daily News reports: When no adults would revive the community Pride parade in Belfast, a group of motivated Belfast Area High School students stepped up to make sure that the event — which has been on a pandemic hiatus — happens this year. In Belfast, the city’s first-ever Pride parade and festival took place in 2016, and became …

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Greece Criminalizes Ex-Gay Torture Of Minors

The Greek Reporter reports: Greece banned conversion therapy, or a widely criticized method of attempting to change one’s sexual or gender identity, for minors on Wednesday. The bill, which passed in parliament, will impose hefty fines and even prison terms on psychologists and other mental health professionals who conduct conversion therapy on LGBT minors without their explicit consent. Additionally, advertising …

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Florida High School Students Defeat Attempt To Censor “Don’t Say Gay” Protest Photos In Yearbook [VIDEO]

Click Orlando reports: The yearbook controversy has come to an end. Lyman High School students will receive a complete yearbook — without covered photos and captions. The Seminole County Public Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday night to put disclaimer stickers in the yearbook instead of covering three photos from a student-led walkout with stickers. Students were upset after school officials …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Michigan Democrat Unleashes Fiery Rant After Republican Accuses Her Of Being A “Groomer”

Detroit’s ABC News affiliate reports: Michigan State Sen. Mallory McMorrow delivered a passionate speech on the Capitol floor in Lansing on Tuesday, defending herself from what she said was an attack from a fellow lawmaker. McMorrow, a Democrat from Royal Oak, defended herself from baseless claims by Republican State Sen. Lana Theis in a fundraising email. Theis is from Brighton. …

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LGBTQ Fox Staffers Trash Network On “Don’t Say Gay”

The Daily Beast reports: Fox News’ overtly anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and coverage of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill has generated outrage from elsewhere within the Murdoch media empire. An employee networking and resource group for Fox Corporation’s LGBTQ staffers and allies earlier this month condemned the conservative cable giant’s “hateful” coverage of the new Florida law and issues surrounding sexual orientation …

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Brooklyn Public Library Fights Book Bans With Free Access To 350,000 E-Books For Teenagers Nationwide

Changing America reports: The Brooklyn Public Library is trying to fight back against a spike in censorship and book bans in the United States by making its resources available to teens and young adults across the country. On Wednesday, the library launched a new program entitled Books UnBanned, that allows 13 to 21 year olds to apply for a free …

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TX Issues New Standards On “Obscene” Library Books

The Texas Tribune reports: The Texas Education Agency released statewide standards Monday for how school districts should remove and prevent “obscene content” from entering Texas public school libraries. In the agency’s model policy, there is an emphasis that parents should have a role in how books are selected. The agency says that districts should make new selections readily available for …

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Disney Heir Comes Out As Trans, Blasts DeSantis’ Law

The Washington Post reports: As Disney employees protested what they considered a delayed and lackluster response from the company to what critics call Florida’s “don’t say gay” bill, a Disney heir who recently came out as transgender watched in silence. Now, Charlee Corra Disney, who uses they/them pronouns, is speaking out. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times published …

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Libraries Report Record Number Of Challenged Books

The Hill reports: Parents and political groups lodged complaints against nearly 1,600 books in more than 700 libraries and library systems across the country in 2021, a new record of conservative activism that largely targeted tomes involving race, gender and the LGBTQ community, a new report has found. The American Library Association (ALA) said in its annual assessment that twice …

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Minnesota Students Turn Out To Protest As Pro-Bullying Hate Group Is Allowed To Address Local School Board

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: More than 100 protesters at the high school here Monday chanted messages supporting the LGBTQ community and turned their backs on school board presenters who shared the “other side” of recent conversations on equity. The Child Protection League describes itself as an organization committed to protecting children from exploitation and indoctrination. Barb Anderson helped form the …

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Equality Florida Warns DeSantis Over “Don’t Say Gay”: We Will Sue If This Law Causes Harm To A Single Child

Via press release from Equality Florida: The Don’t Say Gay bill has passed the FL legislature and now goes to the governor’s desk. Let us be clear: should its vague language be interpreted in any way that causes harm to a single child, teacher, or family, we will lead legal action against the State of Florida to challenge this bigoted …

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Florida Senate Approves “Don’t Say Gay” School Bill

The Associated Press reports: The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed controversial legislation that regulates lessons about sexual orientation and gender identity in public school classrooms, despite concerns from activists and student groups that argued the bill would have a chilling impact on gay, lesbian and transgender students. The legislation, which Florida Democrats and LGBTQ activist refer to as the “Don’t …

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Idaho Bill Would Jail Librarians Over LGBTQ Books

The Idaho Capitol Sun reports: The Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill Monday afternoon that critics said could lead to librarians being prosecuted for checking out materials that are deemed harmful to minors. Following a long debate, the Idaho House voted 51-14 to pass House Bill 666. If passed into law, the bill would remove an exemption that protects …

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GOP Utah Governor To Veto Anti-Trans Athletes Bill

The Associated Press reports: Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said that he plans to veto legislation passed Friday that would ban transgender student-athletes from competing in girls sports. Without his support, Utah is unlikely to join the 11 states, all Republican-led, that have recently enacted bans on transgender girls wanting to compete in school sports leagues. In vowing to veto the …

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