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Katy Butler
In 2012 over half a million people joined high-school student Katy Butler to successfully lobby the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to change the rating of the film Bully from "R" to "PG-13." Weinstein Company co-chairman and outspoken anti-bullying advocate Harvey Weinstein later presented Butler with a Special Recognition Award at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York in recognition of her work. Butler is currently working alongside representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.) to create a national anti-bullying law.

Entries by Katy Butler

'The Contest'

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 11:15 AM

Media, technology, television and movies play such a huge role in our lives and influence what we do and how we interact with people on a daily basis. Bullying is one of our nation's biggest issues and we all know that media, TV and technology can be a catalyst for...

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The Many Faces of Bullying

(3) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 2:07 PM

As an anti-bullying and LGBT activist, my story about being bullied in middle school because of my sexual orientation has been circulated throughout the nation and has been used as a catalyst to unify a force of passionate people strong enough to conquer multiple national campaigns.

Kids called me names...

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Standing Up

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 7:13 PM

Standing Up is an incredible film by D. J. Caruso telling the fictional stories of two kids who are brutally bullied and harassed at their summer camp. After being stripped naked and chased through the woods by their peers, they decide to join forces and run away because they are...

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Labled From the Outside, Finding an Identity on the Inside

(19) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 11:59 PM

"What will my friends say?"

"How will my family react?"

"Will I lose the community that I love being a part of?"

"Will people still listen to what I have to say?"

So many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth grapple with these questions every day. I've been...

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'The Butler': What's in a Name? Everything

(15) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 1:43 PM

I am not a movie studio executive. I have no background in filmmaking, and I don't know very much about marketing. But even I know the importance of a film's title.

A title sets the entire tone for a movie. It is the simplest way to summarize a film to...

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From Bullied to Being Myself

(5) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 5:35 PM

As an 18-year-old, like many other college students, gay or straight, getting married or starting a family are not high up on my "to-do" list and won't be any time soon. But unlike most straight couples my age, my girlfriend and I do think about these things simply because we,...

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It's Time for Obama and Romney to Stand Against Bullying

(4) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 2:23 PM

Once, when I was in seventh grade, a few guys came up behind me while I was putting my books in my locker. They called me names and asked why I even bothered to show up every day. "No one wants to go to school with a lesbian," they said....

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