Despite their nonsense continuing on for decades, it’s always shocking at the depths queerphobes can sink. During a radio call-in show, teenage trans celebrity Jazz Jennings was told to commit suicide. That’s right, an adult man told a 15-year-old girl to kill herself. Charming individual, right? We’ve got that story and more in our look at youth issues and education.
- A survey funded by a $2 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research found that a majority of school administrators feel their schools need more specific support programming for LGBTQ youth.
- The Catholic Church of Scotland has reportedly joined the Time For Inclusive Education campaign to add LGBT issues to education in Scottish schools. And in the US, California became the first state to add LGBT issues and civil rights history to the public school curriculum.
- And Nepal’s Joint Secretary at Ministry of Education Hari Lamsal called for gender and sexual minority issues to be incorporated into education curriculums at all levels.
- Ten US states have joined a lawsuit against the Obama administration to stop regulations aimed at protecting trans students. Another 12 states have filed a brief in support of the protections. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin a student is suing his school system for ongoing stigmatization, including allegedly telling trans students to wear identifying green armbands. And in Minnesota a father is suing the school district for failing to protect his son from homophobic bullying that led to the 13-year old’s suicide.
- And for the first time in Peru a 19-year old lesbian, with the help of the Center for Promotion and Defense of Sexual and Reproductive Rights (PROMSEX), has brought criminal charges against her parents for verbal and physical abuse she suffered due to her sexuality.
- Shane Ng, a student from Hong Kong, described how secrecy and fear over her sexuality led to suicide attempts, commitment to a mental institution, and the eventual emigration from China. And journalist Michael Luongo reflected on what ‘growing up gay’ means to men in Afghanistan.
- While filming her reality series, celebrity trans teen Jazz Jennings was told she ‘might as well kill herself’ during a radio call-in show.
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