Outside the home, schools are the primary vehicles for educating, socializing, and providing services to young people in the United States. Schools can be difficult environments for students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but they are often especially unwelcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT youth. A lack of policies and practices that affirm and support LGBT youth—and a failure to implement protections that do exist—means that LGBT students nationwide continue to face bullying, exclusion, and discrimination in school, putting them at physical and psychological risk and limiting their education. The report documented rampant bullying and discrimination against LGBT students in schools across the country, and urged policymakers and school officials to take concrete steps to respect and protect the rights of LGBT youth. Over the last 15 years, lawmakers and school administrators have increasingly recognized that LGBT youth are a vulnerable population in school settings, and many have implemented policies designed to ensure all students feel safe and welcome at school.
Intolerance Chiseled in Stone Hits City Hard
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However, criminal acts are already illegal. Although Massachusetts law prohibits interfering with constitutional rights to freedom of speech, the police declined to enforce it. Eleven Christians spent the night in jail! Charges were dropped
Indiana Family Institute resorts to lies (again)
The list is just a sad sampling of the horrors that keep happening worldwide. An unknown number were murdered for common individual motives, such as LGBTI people killed by jealous lovers or in robberies gone bad, rather than out of hatred of LGBTI people in general. It has proven to be a daunting task just to list some of the victims of homophobic murders, because so many occur worldwide. Bamanga Radiu, a Muslim human rights activist at a Nigerian trans advocacy organization, was murdered and then buried in a shallow grave in his dirt-floored home in Abuja, Nigeria.
Crossposted from The Bilerico Project. It kills me that so many of the religious right hate groups have to use obviously twisted logic to support their biases and prejudices. A good case in point is the recent e-blast from the Indiana Family Institute shrieking about hate crimes legislation. Last week The U. House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of legislation that would create a new class of crimes based on the victim's "actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.