Pride Month 2017

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LGBT MYTHS DEBUNKED! 

 In this video, Buzzfeed sets out debunk myths and share the truth about members of the LGBT community.

Day of Silence - Friday, April 21st - 2017

GLSEN's Day of Silence is a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBTQ behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ students and those perceived to be LGBTQ.

For more information, visit: https://www.glsen.org/day-of-silence


2017 is Shaping Up to be a Banner Year for Anti-LGBT Discrimination

If you thought 2016 was a nasty, brutish year for LGBT rights across the country, 2017 is already shaping up to be much, much worse.

Over the holidays, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced that he would be reintroducing the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill first put forward in 2015. It would prevent the government from taking action against businesses that discriminate against LGBT people based on their “religious belief or moral conviction” that marriage is defined as a union solely between one man and one woman.

This bill is a trumped-up version of the “religious liberty” bills that have floated around state legislatures in the last few years. In 2015, as the governor of Indiana, Vice President-elect Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was “fixed” after a $60-million boycott of the state. Another such law was passed in Mississippi last April but was later struck down in federal court.

Under the First Amendment Defense Act, the Colorado bakery that famously declined to bake a cake for a gay couple’s wedding would be able to do so legally. But the bill has the potential to do much greater harm to the LGBT community than petty discrimination.

To read more of this article, go to: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-first-amendment-defense-act-trump-20170106-story.html


5 Easy Ways to Support LGBTQ Youth in the Classroom 

June is LGBT pride month, a time for the LGBTQ community and its allies to celebrate milestones and rally together to demand equity for all. In the grand scheme of the LGBT rights movement, students are often caught in the midst of national reform efforts and local attitudes; all too often, students in conservative localities are under supported when it comes to LGBT education. Many educators in these communities risk expulsion or suspension for coming out in the classroom, as many states do not explicitly list sexual orientation in their discrimination policies.


If you’re an educator living in one of these states, supporting LGBT youth can seem hopeless — but there things you can do. If you’re not protected by anti-discrimination laws, you may still be able to select a few of these strategies. If you’re teaching in a school district that takes a stand to protect all youth, these may be just the beginning of what you’re able to accomplish.

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LGBT Rights Milestones - Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is some background information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender milestones in the United States.

Timeline:

  • 1924 - The Society for Human Rights is founded by Henry Gerber in Chicago. It is the first documented gay rights organization.
  • 1950 - The Mattachine Society is formed by activist Harry Hay and is one of the first sustained gay rights groups in the United States. The Society focuses on social acceptance and other support for homosexuals.
  • April 1952 - The American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual lists homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance.
  • April 27, 1953 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order that bans homosexuals from working for the federal government, saying they are a security risk.
  • September 1955 - The first known lesbian rights organization in the United States forms in San Francisco. Daughters of Bilitis (DOB). They host private social functions, fearing police raids, threats of violence and discrimination in bars and clubs.
  • July 1961 - Illinois becomes the first state to decriminalize homosexuality by repealing their sodomy laws.

To learn more about LGBT History and Rights Milestones, go to: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/19/us/lgbt-rights-milestones-fast-facts/