Monthly Archives: April 2011

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CDC Study Shows Need for Bullying Prevention

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By Paul Guequierre
April 22nd, 2011 at 1:08 pm

The following post is edited from HRC Foundation Welcoming Schools Director, Kim Westheimer:

study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 27% of middle school students and 16% of high school students in Massachusetts have been bullied.  The study shows an association between bullying and poor grades, suicidal ideation, self-injury, and witnessing violence in the home.   This type of survey can inform school officials and policy makers about the general scope of the problem of bullying.  But there are a few missing pieces.

When population based surveys ask students whether bullying is related to their identity – whether it be sexual orientation, gender, race, or country of origin – policy makers and schools can gain valuable information about the interventions needed to educate students and affect attitudes that often fuel harassment.  For example, a survey used by the King County, Washington Department of Public Health asks students if they were harassed in relation to their sexual orientation, race, or gender.   This survey showed that half of high school students were harassed based on race/ethnicity, gender or perceived sexual orientation. This information can help policy makers and educators design laws, policies and curriculum that address inclusion and respect for all people:  policies that enumerate protected categories such as sexual orientation, race, and gender and curriculum that fosters respect for people from diverse races, cultures, and sexual orientations.

Bullying that is reported in middle and high school doesn’t just start in 6thgrade.  We must provide students with tools to avoid and stand up to bullying in early grades to forestall destructive behaviors in middle and high school.  We have enough data and information to know that bias-based bullying has severe consequences. Any school district or state that doesn’t directly address this problem could arguably be considered guilty of neglect.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools Program  provides LGBT inclusive bullying prevention resources for elementary school educators, administrators and parents.  For more information go to  www.welcomingschools.org.

 

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NH bill introduced that takes safety away from LGBT

Are you kidding me? The whole point of anti-bullying legislation is to keep marginalized and repeatedly taunted people from being hurt or hurting themselves.  Protection is exactly what LGBT students and individuals need.

New Hampshire currently has a strong anti-bullying law that keeps students safe in our schools. However, the New Hampshire legislature has introduced a bill (HB 370) that would strip anti-bullying protections for LGBT students, and that’s just plain wrong.

Please add your voice to our campaign to say NO to hostile school environments for LGBT students, and NO to HB 370!

Senate Education Committee Hearing on HB 370

Tuesday April 19 | 1:00 p.m.
State House, Concord NH

RSVP to Katie at katie.drapcho@hrc.org or (202) 716-1650

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Gov. Patrick Of MA names openly Gay married judge to SJC

Liberty and Justice for all!

I don’t know about you, but I just love it. I just love it.  I just love it!  Barbara A. Lenk, married after the legalization of Gay marriage  in Massachusetts now appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Calling it a “wonderful coincidence” the Governor said she has the credentials and she is a woman who came up from the roots of  hard working, but poor Polish Immigrants. She herself says her “full life”  makes her “someone who brings sympathy and understanding from inside and outside the main stream”   She also said ” As a judge, my only allegiance is to the rule of law and to fair and equal treatment of all who come before the court.’’  Read more in the Boston Globe

Globe Staff / April 5, 2011

By Noah Bierman

If confirmed, Lenk would be the first openly gay member of the Massachusetts high court and just one of a handful of openly gay state supreme court justices in the country, according to gay rights advocates.

 

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