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At this moment when we have the nation's attention, we must make three points crystal clear:
•    The status quo is unacceptable, and we must improve school climate with respect to LGBT youth NOW;
•    There are things each of us can do — proven solutions that make a concrete difference in the lives of young people; and
•    Everyone can and must take part in affecting this vital change.

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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The Status Quo Is Unacceptable, Eliza Byard, Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
At this moment when we have the nation's attention, we must make three points crystal clear:
•    The status quo is unacceptable, and we must improve school climate with respect to LGBT youth NOW;
•    There are things each of us can do — proven solutions that make a concrete difference in the lives of young people; and
•    Everyone can and must take part in affecting this vital change.

New projects aim to give hope to gay teens who've been bullied, Lornet Turnbull, Seattle Times | WA

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  • In recent weeks, several high-profile suicides among gay teens nationwide have brought increased attention to anti-gay bullying in all its forms. Those deaths have prompted the launch of at least two online video projects — including one by local sex columnist Dan Savage, who is editorial director of The Stranger weekly newspaper — intended to give hope to gay teens facing harassment.
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Making Schools Safer for Gay Students, Cathy Renna, Renna Communications

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  • New report with recommendations and model legislation
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  • LGBT Students Harassed At Colleges Nationwide, New Report Says
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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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Stop the suicides: put an end to bullying in schools! Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign

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  • Ask US Education Secretary Arne Duncan: improve our nation's anti-bullying programs so we can end this tragedy.
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  • Making Schools Safer for Gay Students
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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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LGBT Students Harassed At Colleges Nationwide, New Report Says, Huffington Post

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  • Unequivocally, the 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People demonstrates that LGBTQ students, faculty and staff experience a 'chilly' campus climate of harassment and far less than welcoming campus communities.
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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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Stop making gay adoption political, Ken Manford and Jennifer Chrisler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution | GA
The Child Welfare League of America, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association all endorse gay parenting.

Do something about the churches distribution of same-sex marriage DVDs,  Bob and Lori Radecki, ReturntheDVD.org

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  • If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?  So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, it is dead.  --James 2:15-17
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  • I'm Through Debating Gays In the Church
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I'm Through Debating Gays In the Church, John Shelby Spong, Unity Magazine/Brad Garbus' Blog

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  • I will no longer take the time to refute the unlearned and undocumentable claims of certain world religious leaders who call homosexuality “deviant.”
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  • The world has moved on, leaving these elements of the Christian Church that cannot adjust to new knowledge or a new consciousness lost in a sea of their own irrelevance.
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  • Do something about the Church's distribution of same-sex marriage DVDs
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) In Legal Shambles, The Progress Report, Think Progress
Last week (Sep 19-25), in a 56-43 vote, Senate Democrats failed to invoke cloture on the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, falling several votes shy of the 60 need to break a Republican filibuster.

Secrets and lies: National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Exposed!
Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign

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  • Along with our friends at the Courage Campaign, we've launched a website that pulls back the curtain on NOM for everyone to see.
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  • We'll post up-to-the-minute news on NOM over the coming months and years, so bookmark the site and come back often.
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Mormon leader gives anti-gay sermon after suicides -- Sign the open letter! Human Rights Campaign

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  • Organizations to hold press conference and deliver petitions to Elder Packer calling on him to fully correct the factual record
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  • Mormon Church Attempts to Re-Write History; On-Line Change Proof Sermon was Harmful and Dangerous
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  • Stop the suicides: put an end to bullying in schools!
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Carl Paladino: Don't Be 'Brainwashed' Into Thinking Homosexuality Is 'Equally Valid' Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post

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  • Watch GOP Governor Nominee Carl Paladino Attack Gay Lifestyle: Not 'Equally Valid'
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  • According to Newsday's Reid Epstein, the line, "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. that is not how G-d created us" was in Paladino's prepared text but left out of his actual speech.
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  • Gay pride parade 'bumping and grinding' offend Tea Party hero & NY governor hopeful
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  • Mormon leader gives anti-gay sermon after suicides -- Sign the open letter!
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Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides, Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent
“Well, news flash: There are homosexual people all over the world. Having your kid meet a homosexual in school and possibly even having a nice conversation with one isn’t going to turn your kid into one.” --Tammy Aaberg

MI Assistant AG's blog targeting gay student leader raises free speech issues, Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press/Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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  • "It sounded like it was getting a little strange," (Denis) Dison (spokesman for Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund) said. "I think everyone thinks it has crossed the line." If I'm a gay person living in Michigan, this does not instill confidence that the attorney general's office has my best interests at heart," he added.
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  • LGBT Students Harassed At Colleges Nationwide, New Report Says
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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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