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New projects aim to give hope to gay teens who've been bullied

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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
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Lornet Turnbull, Seattle Times | WA

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"That's so gay."

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It's a common refrain of teens and young people, part of the school-hall vernacular for anything not cool or hip.

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But for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students — some of them still struggling with their sexuality — comments like these can be hurtful, no less stinging than more overt slurs.

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In recent weeks, several high-profile suicides among gay teens have brought increased attention to anti-gay bullying in its many forms.

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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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'A Prayer When I Feel Hated': Helping Prevent Gay Teen Suicide

Be with me when people make fun of me,
and help me to respond how you would want me to,
in a love that respects other, but also respects me.
Help me find friends who love me for who I am.
Help me, most of all, to be a loving person.

Rev. James Martin, S.J., Huffington Post

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The recent rash of suicides among young gay youths cannot fail to move the Christian heart, or indeed any heart capable of compassion. While any suicide is a terrible tragedy, the suicide of a young person who feels that his or her life will never change, and who moves towards despair as a result of constant bullying and harassment, is especially poignant.

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Many of the gays and lesbians, young and old, who have spoken about this in the last few days have pointed to how wounded they have felt by their churches and by other religious organizations. The Christian community must find a way to reach out more compassionately to gay and lesbian youths, help them feel welcome and valued, and help them know that they are beloved by God -- and by us. We must lead, as we do with any group, and as Jesus did, first with welcome, not condemnation. For my part, here is a prayer I composed for all who feel excluded, rejected, marginalized, shamed or made fun of, in any way or in any place, religious or otherwise: "A Prayer When I Feel Hated"

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Carl Paladino: Don't Be 'Brainwashed' Into Thinking Homosexuality Is 'Equally Valid'


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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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Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post
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New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino spoke on gay rights to a group of orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn today (Oct 10), promising to veto marriage equality legislation and touting the fact that he didn't march in this year's gay pride parade. 

We must stop pandering to the pornographers and the perverts, who seek to target our children and destroy their lives. I didn't march in the gay parade parade this year -- the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did. And that's not the example that we should be showing our children, certainly not in our schools. (Applause) And don't misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way; that would be a dastardly lie. My approach is live and let live. I just think my children, and your children, will be much better off, and much more successful getting married and raising a family. And I don't want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option. It isn't. (Applause)

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Gay pride parade 'bumping and grinding' offend Tea Party hero & NY governor hopeful, Kenneth Lovett,  New York Daily News | NY
Carl Paladino says it's the bumping and grinding he finds disgusting.

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Mormon leader gives anti-gay sermon after suicides -- Sign the open letter! Human Rights Campaign

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  • Mormon Church Attempts to Re-Write History; On-Line Change Proof Sermon was Harmful and Dangerous
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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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  • Stop the suicides: put an end to bullying in schools!
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Mormon leader gives anti-gay sermon after suicides -- Sign the open letter!

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  • Mormon Church Attempts to Re-Write History; On-Line Change Proof Sermon was Harmful and Dangerous
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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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  • Stop the suicides: put an end to bullying in schools!
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Human Rights Campaign

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The Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization – continues to call on Elder Boyd K. Packer, president of the Mormon Church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles, to correct his inaccurate and dangerous statements calling same-sex attraction “impure and unnatural,” claiming that it can be corrected and characterizing same-sex marriage as immoral. (Recently), the Mormon Church changed one set of words and eliminated an entire passage from Elder Packer’s sermon online. They didn’t go far enough.

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“People across this country still need to hear from Elder Packer that he was wrong and that his statements were dangerous,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Trying to re-write history is simply not good enough. Elder Packer and the Church must immediately and fully correct the factual record. Sexual orientation and gender identity is an immutable characteristic of being human and no matter how hard you pray, that won’t change.”

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Mormon leader gives anti-gay sermon after suicides -- Sign the open letter!, Human Rights Campaign

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  • Boyd K. Packer, the second-highest Mormon leader, said same-sex attraction is "impure and unnatural" and can be overcome, and that same-sex unions are morally wrong and "against God's law and nature."
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  • Please add your name to our open letter showing the Mormon Church hierarchy that it has risked further alienating vulnerable LGBT youth with potentially devastating consequences
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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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