LGBT Bullying

ACLU Writes to UNESCO on Homophobia in U.S. Schools

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:27pm
Late last week, the ACLU wrote to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the problem of homophobic discrimination and harassment in U.S. public schools. In addition, we offered a model federal legislative solution that would address this problem — the Student Non-Discrimination Act (S. 555/H.R. 998).

Stop Anti-Gay Bullying: Seth's Story

By Elizabeth Gill, ACLU of Northern California at 1:45pm

Seth Walsh was a sweet, intelligent boy who loved his family and did well in school. He was also gay. And for this, he endured years of relentless bullying and verbal abuse at his Tehachapi, California, school. On September 19, 2010, Seth Walsh…

Historic Support for the Student Non-Discrimination Act

Historic Support for the Student Non-Discrimination Act

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:42pm

On Tuesday, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) signed on as a co-sponsor to the Student Non-Discrimination Act. What’s the big deal you might be asking, particularly on a bill that already has the support of more than 160 House members?

What…

Just Say "No" to "Don't Say Gay"

Just Say "No" to "Don't Say Gay"

By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project & Anna Ziering, LGBT Project at 2:11pm

For a while, it looked as if Tennessee legislators had come to their senses and backed off the bill popularly known as "Don't Say Gay." Unfortunately, the bill is now roaring forward again, but there may still be a chance of stopping it.

In…

Giving 'Em Hope: The It Gets Better Project

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:10pm

September was a hard month for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, especially for some of its youngest and most vulnerable members.

In Greensburg, Indiana, 15-year-old Billy Lucas was found by his mother in the family's…

ACLU Urges Critical LGBT and HIV/AIDS Updates to 2012 Democratic National Platform

ACLU Urges Critical LGBT and HIV/AIDS Updates to 2012 Democratic National Platform

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:20pm

The ACLU has been invited to offer our civil liberties and civil rights recommendations to the Democratic National Committee’s “platform drafting committee,” which is currently meeting in Minneapolis to begin the process of putting…

This Week in Civil Liberties (4/27/2012)

This Week in Civil Liberties (4/27/2012)

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 5:23pm

What law threatens the Occupy movement’s and other activists’ right to protest?

What bill recently passed by the House did the President threaten to veto because of its privacy problems?

Which court heard arguments this…

Senator Franken Releases New "Making It Better" Video

Senator Franken Releases New "Making It Better" Video

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:50pm

Sen. Al Franken's new video supports passage of the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect LGBT students from discrimination and harassment in public schools.

Making It Better in the Big Leagues

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:35pm

Many people may have been too preoccupied with holiday travel and tasty food to notice, but last week Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Players’ Association reached a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which ensures that…

New Study Shows GSAs Boost Health, Education

By Anna Ziering, LGBT Project at 10:53am

Want to help youth sustain their mental health, stay in school, and go to college? According to a new study by the Family Acceptance Project, you can do all of those things by starting a Gay-Straight Alliance at your high school! And here at the…

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