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One Teacher's Back-to-School Catharsis

Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan | Posted 08.05.2015 | Education
Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan

We must ensure that every single student that we are lucky enough to help learn and grow knows that they have value. They must know that they are worthy of praise. They must know that they deserve to be celebrated and not simply tolerated.

Gay-Straight Alliance of the Year Calls for Action

Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan

On June 1, 2015, I experienced one of the most powerful moments of my life when I joined Jackie Swindell, Parker Davidson, and Awreon Riley at the GLSEN Respect Awards to accept the award for GSA of the Year. We decided to use that opportunity to call attention to the lack of LGBTQ anti-bullying policies in America's schools and to remind everyone that the battle for respect and equality is far from over in the middle of our country. Here is the transcript of that speech. Read the words and know that they come from the hearts of two educators and two students who desire to see a public school system where all students are celebrated for being exactly who they are.

Rebecca Klein

Few School Districts Have Anti-Bullying Policies Protecting LGBT Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices

A majority of American school districts have no policies protecting LGBT students from bullying, according to a report released Wednesday. Nearly 3...

Rebecca Klein

This Gay Straight Alliance Won A Major Award, But It's Still Fighting For Acceptance In Its School

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Nixa High School's Gay Straight Alliance is changing lives. In just two years, the club has lobbied state lawmakers for more LGBT-inclusive anti-bully...

The States Where LGBT Teens Face The Most Harassment

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices

It's not easy to be a gay adolescent in America. According to data from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network's 2013 National School Climat...

The Inspiring Reason One 14-Year-Old Is Suing Her Middle School

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.05.2015 | Teen

A Florida teen is suing her middle school for the right to launch a Gay-Straight Alliance club, which she says will serve as a sanctuary for lesbian, ...

Our Black Future Legends Are Here

Mustafa Sullivan | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Mustafa Sullivan

When black people are homophobic, they are doing the oppressor's work for them, and when white queers erase the experiences and efforts of black transgender women and LGBTQ youth of color, they are doing the oppressor's work for them.

Mississippi School Board Fights To Block Gay-Straight Alliance From Forming

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Tani | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

A Mississippi school board has rewritten the district's rules on school clubs after a student expressed interest in forming what the superintendent ca...

Is the Gay Community Scaring Away Our Straight Allies?

Mason Hsieh | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

When one of my new straight-male friends asked if he could sit in on a QSA meeting, I immediately said yes and took him to a panel on LGBT dating, hoping to show him how cool the queer community is. The discussion was mostly civil, until my fledgling ally worked up the courage to ask one simple question.

Inclusion and Belonging: Why Gay-Straight Alliances in Catholic Schools Matter

Jenna Tenn-Yuk | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Jenna Tenn-Yuk

LGBTQ students in Catholic boards face the added dimension of shame and self-hatred from entrenched homophobia in the church. As a gay Christian, I'm all too familiar with these experiences.

Rebecca Klein

Things Are Improving For LGBT Students, But They're Still Really Bad

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Schools are getting better at fostering a friendly environment for LGBT students, but they still have a long way to go. A survey released Wednesday...

Rebecca Klein

LGBT Kids Of Color Are More Likely To Be Disciplined In School, Study Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Tanayshia Price, a 15-year-old black student who identifies as queer, says she has been suspended from school more times than she can count. “I f...

Love Letters

Matthew Ebert | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

My first kiss happened when I was thirteen. My boyfriend at the time was fourteen. It wasn't long before we were real lovers. But I couldn't sustain it for more than a year or two. I was young and wild.

Lessons Learned From Kissing a Straight Boy

Mark S. King | Posted 05.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

Last night, I kissed a straight guy full on the lips. Then he tenderly put his arms around me and kissed me back. Tonight, I'm going to do it again.

WATCH: Amazing Chorus Creates Safe Spaces For ALL Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.12.2013 | Gay Voices

The Diverse Harmony GSA Youth Chorus is an organization born out of the desire to make young people feel accepted and welcome while doing what they lo...

Republican Lawmaker Does NOT Approve Of Students Wearing Pro-Gay Shirts

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices

A Missouri lawmaker caused a firestorm of controversy last week after he tweeted disparaging comments about teens wearing T-shirts that support gay-st...

WATCH: This Gay Student Wants YOU To Wear Purple This Spirit Day

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices

Spirit Day, a day to stand against bullying and show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, is this Thursday, Oct. 17 -- and...

Extreme Responses to Bullying Harm Us All

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

Extreme disciplinary responses can actually make the problem worse, and even hurt the very students they are designed to protect. To defend themselves, victims of bullying often see no other choice than to employ survival tactics, which could include carrying a weapon.

The Place Where I Could Finally Be 'Me'

Marcel Neergaard | Posted 11.27.2013 | Teen
Marcel Neergaard

GSA is about having fun, getting to know each other, being supportive, and learning how to make our community stronger. Even when I felt public school wasn't a safe place for me, I could go to GSA meetings and feel like a normal student.

Rites of Passage

George Heymont | Posted 10.31.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Out of a total of 238 films, June's Frameline Film Festival included 82 features and 155 shorts from a total of 27 nations. Frameline 37 also included 14 first-time feature filmmakers. Among the films which show that "the kids are all right" are the following.

5 Women Reveal Why They Won't Tie The Knot Until Everyone Can

Posted 06.28.2013 | Weddings

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court struck down both Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, and the Defense of Marriage (DOMA), which prevente...

Lila Shapiro

New Program For LGBT High Schoolers Modeled On Big Brothers Big Sisters May Be Groundbreaking

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.02.2013 | Gay Voices

A few weeks ago, Stephanie Tovar, a junior at  Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, met with a group of classmates, the dean of students at the schoo...

And GLSEN's 'GSA Of The Year' Award Goes To...

Posted 04.29.2013 | Gay Voices

A Hawaiian high school is set to receive the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) 2013 "Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) of the Year" awar...

School Board Prolongs Decision On Proposed Gay-Straight Club

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Bayli Silberstein, an openly bisexual 14-year-old student, lobbied for a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at Carver Middle School in Leesurg, Florida, in ...

Florida School Board May Cut All Student Clubs To Blockade Gay-Straight Alliance

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.07.2013 | Gay Voices

A central Florida school district may ban extracurricular student clubs in an attempt to prevent the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance at a local m...