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California Anti Bullying Laws

L.A. School Districts Slow To Acknowledge State's Anti-Gay Bullying Law

Posted 08.28.2012 | Education

A California law requiring school districts to update their anti-harassment and anti-bullying policies has been seemingly ignored by five Long Beach a...

From Losing My First Boyfriend To Homophobia To Empowering LGBT Youth: It Gets Better

Scott Beaver | Posted 09.13.2012 | Gay Voices
Scott Beaver

A week after I was outed, my boyfriend disappeared. I came into contact with one of his friends and discovered that he'd come out to his parents a few months before he met me, and they'd kicked him out, so he'd begun living on the streets. He'd disappeared because he'd passed away.

What I Wish I Could Say To My Younger, Still-Closeted Self

Brennan Hicks | Posted 09.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Brennan Hicks

I found myself trying to act more "straight." Really, I was just trying to make myself appear more "masculine" through my music choices and dress, avoiding anything I feared would out me. By doing this, however, I was effectively putting myself into a cramped and awkward cocoon.

California's New Anti-Bullying Laws Would Have Helped Me When I Was In High School

Justin McCoy | Posted 09.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Justin McCoy

I wanted to try out for the basketball team. When the girls on the team heard about this, they began to taunt me, saying, "You're gay. You can't be on a girls' team." But one incident in particular changed my entire high-school career.

From Bullied Gay Teen To Anti-Bullying Activist: Why I Decided To Make A Difference

Blake Danford | Posted 09.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Blake Danford

As an openly gay student, I have faced adversity in many forms, from students and school administrators alike. Bullying from students is common, but when it comes from the administration, it becomes downright dangerous.

How This Straight, Christian Girl From A Conservative Family Found Herself Fighting For LGBT Youth

Katelyn Hall | Posted 09.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Katelyn Hall

Because we believe so strongly in equality, Blake and I, along with our allies at YETA, decided that change at our school alone was not enough. There are LGBT young people all over Orange County, Southern California, and the entire state who need help standing up for their rights.