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"500,000 kids in the U.S. live in same sex households." Amusingfacts.com
Research indicates 31% of gay youth were threatened or injured at school. These experiences have a devastating impact on the educational success and mental health of youth. Anti-gay prejudice affects straight youth, too. For every gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth being harassed, 4 straight students were harassed because they were perceived as being gay or lesbian. "What Does Gay Mean?" is a new anti-bullying program designed to improve understanding and respect for gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender (GLBT) youth. Centered on an free downloadable educational booklet, "What Does Gay Mean?" How to Talk with Kids About Sexual Orientation and Prejudice, the program encourages parents and others to communicate and share values of respect with their children.
Brandon Teena Murder -- Brandon Teena, whose birth name was Teena Brandon, from Lincoln, Nebraska moved to nearby Humboldt in 1993, after beginning to live as a man in preparation for sex-change surgery. Brandon passed as a man, but was discovered to be biologically and legally female by local police during an arrest on a misdemeanor charge 2 weeks prior to the murder. Police released this information to the local newspaper, the Falls City Journal. One week later, on Christmas Day 1993, Brandon was raped and assaulted at a Christmas party by 2 men, identified to police as Nissen and Lotter. They threatened to kill him if he reported the incident. Charges of rape and assault were not filed against them until after Brandon's slaying. Tammy Brandon called Richardson County sheriff Charles B. Laux 4 days before the slaying to ask why Lotter and Nissen had not been arrested. John Lotter was convicted of 3 counts of 1st degree murder for the deaths of :Brandon Teena:, Lisa Lambert, and Philip DeVine was sentenced to death. Lotter's accomplice, Marvin Thomas Nissen, cut a deal for life in prison.
Matt Shepard encountered Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney in the Fireside Bar; he left with them, they drove him in a pickup truck to the edge of town. Henderson tied him to a fence, McKinney beat him with a .357 Magnum. They took his shoes and wallet intending to rob his apartment but instead returned to town and got into a fight with 2 other young men, Jeremy Herrera and Emiliano Morales. McKinney clubbed Morales on the head with the same gun, still covered in Matt's blood. Herrera retaliated by striking McKinney's head with a heavy stick. Police picked up Henderson, after being released that night, Henderson, his girlfriend, Chastity Pasley, McKinney, his girlfriend, Kristen Price, began to hatched false alibis, Matt remained tied to the fence.
FRONTLINE examines anti-gay attitudes, fears,and hatred through the story of the life and death of Billy Jack Gaither, who was murdered because he was gay. This report probes the mix of gay acceptance and contempt, gay tolerance and prejudice that exists within many Americans about homosexuals and lesbians. The program includes a homophobia quiz, research on the roots of homophobia,what fuels anti-gay bashers,and the scientific research into possible biological and genetic determinants for homosexuality.
Fred C. Martinez Jr. was a 16-year-old Navajo boy who thought of himself as female. His friends adored him. Had he been a female, one teacher said, he'd have been the most popular girl in town. They also feared what a violent world might have in store for someone like him.
On February 19, 1999, in Sylacauga, Alabama, computer programmer Billy Jack Gaither, 39, was brutally beaten with an ax handle. His throat was cut, and his body was set on fire. One of his convicted killers, Steven Mullins, testified he killed Gaither because he was "queer." Why have gays become the target of such brutality? What is the source of this kind of hatred?
"Assault on Gay America" explores whether there are possible links between the forces that drove Billy Jack's killers and the forces that fuel homophobia in the general law-abiding public.
Rifle, Colorado -- February 2001, Kyle Skyock, 16, said 4 other teens beat him unconscious and left him face down alongside US 6. Skyock said he was attacked because he was gay, while police believe otherwise.
On May 27, 1993 in Yokosuka, Japan, Airman Apprentice Terry M. Helvey was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Allen Schindler in a public restroom in Sasebo, Japan. Schindler who was homosexual, was so badly beaten that the Navy pathologist described his injuries as "more consistent with a high- speed automobile accident or lo-speed airplane crash. " Schindler's liver "contained holes that allowed him (the pathologist) to see straight through it. " What follows is the testimony of Airman Charles E. Vins, Helvey's companion in the murder who was released after 3 months in confinement in return for his testimony. The same day as the verdict, Senator Sam Nunn voiced opposition to a proposal that would allow gay soldiers to be open about their sexuality off base. He feared it would provide them a "safe haven" from military life.-The
"To be physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight" - this is the Boy Scout pledge. Since 1910, millions of boys have joined. But today, if you are openly gay, you can't. Witness how one remarkable 12-year-old Boy Scout named Steven Cozza launches a grassroots campaign to overturn the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy. "Scouting for All" is the movement built by Cozza with the help of a longtime Scout leader, community members and his own parents. Moving from Petaluma, California to the Supreme Court, the film chronicles a modern interpretation of the scouting ideals of courage and honor.
Killing Mobilizes Netizens - The Community United Against Violence, a counseling organization, estimates that 7-9% of gay men and lesbians are subjected to violence each year because of their sexual orientation. Most of those incidents don't inspire public outrage. Wired.com
Psychologists call for assault on hate crimes -- Hate crimes demand unique legal, psychological and policy responses -- Hate crimes constitute a unique class of violence against a person's identity. Four distinct motives underlie hate crimes based on sexual orientation. Hate crimes are motivated by self-defense, where perpetrators interpret the victim's actions as a sexual proposition; ideology, perpetrators view themselves as enforcers of social norms that deem homosexuality unacceptable; thrill seeking, perpetrators commit assaults to alleviate boredom; and peer dynamics, where perpetrators aim to prove their toughness and heterosexuality to friends.
Community United Against Violence (CUAV) is a 20-year old multicultural organization working to end violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) communities. We believe that in order for homophobia & heterosexism to end, we must fight all forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, ageism, classism and ableism. CUAV offers a 24-hour confidential, multilingual Support line, free counseling, legal advocacy, and emergency assistance (hotel, food, and transportation vouchers) to survivors of domestic violence, hate violence, and sexual assault. CUAV uses education as a violence prevention tool through the speakers bureau, the youth program, and the domestic violence prevention program.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) promoting fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of individuals and events in all media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. GLAAD
Anti-Gay Violence: Off the New York Times' Agenda - The New York Times no longer prints the word "gay" only in quotation marks, but it still has a long way to go to represent gay and lesbian reality. On the issue of gay-bashing, Times coverage has shown a pattern of neglect and distortion. Fair.org
Explores cases of death sentenced female offenders to determine what effect the offender's lesbianism had in the capital punishment process.
1992 testimony on proposed changes to the Regulations of the State Board of Education, 22 PA code was given in to the PA Board of Education.
Copyright Kari Sable 1994-2006
The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk Harvey Milk--a gay political organizer who became the first openly gay city supervisor in San Francisco and was then assassinated (along with liberal mayor George Moscone)--was the obvious choice for such a book. And Randy Shilts--a young reporter who had risen up through the gay press to become the first openly gay reporter with a gay "beat" in the American mainstream press--was the perfect person to write it. While his later works such as And the Band Played On and Conduct Unbecoming were based on hard-hitting, fact-driven reportage, Shilts's tone in The Mayor of Castro Street is softer, more focused on the narrative of Harvey Milk's political rise from running a small business on Castro Street, to organizing local gay men and lesbians around grass-roots issues, to winning an elected office. But in many ways this is also a forceful and engaging story of the gay rights movement in the second half of the 20th century. Thus, Shilts follows the growth of the Castro as a gay neighborhood and the growth of San Francisco's gay community from a ragtag collection of people who socialized and sexualized together into a vibrant and political force. --Michael Bronski