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How to Come Out to Your Parents

scrabble board with "Dear Mom"One of my friends recently told his parents that he is gay and has been in a same-sex relationship for the past year. His parents are very conservative and were less than thrilled to learn this information about their son. At first, there was a big fight and my friend stormed out of his parents house. However, he recently had another discussion with his family and things went much more smoothly.

Coming out to family and friends is a really important step for homosexuals, but it can also be very difficult. Things usually go one of two ways: your friends and family react positively and accept you, or they react the way my friend’s parents did. Of course you hope that the important people in your life will accept you, no matter what, but that is not always the case. However, there are some steps teens and young adults can take to ensuring that when they do come out to their parents, it will go smoothly and not end up causing World War III.

1. Pick a good time. It’s not a good idea to come out to your friends or family when either you or they are stressed, frustrated, or upset about something else. For example, you should never come out during an argument or in order to hurt the person you are telling. Instead, wait for a time when you can sit down together and calmly discuss the matter. You might even want to tell them ahead of time that you have something important that you need to tell them and ask that they prepare themselves for the conversation.

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Minnesota Schools are Investigated After Seven Students Commit Suicide

A public school district in Minnesota is being investigated by federal authorities due to “allegations of harassment and discrimination in the Anoka-Hennepin School District based on sex, including peer-on-peer harassment based on not conforming to gender stereotypes.” This investigation will delve into a serious issue that is facing many students today: bullying. Specifically, it came about after seven students from this school district committed suicide in less than two years after they were possibly bullied about their sexual orientation.

In 2009, the Anoka-Hennepin adopted a controversial policy that says the staff must “remain neutral on matters regarding sexual orientation” because “such matters are best addressed within individual family homes, churches or community organizations.” Supporters of the investigation claim that this policy prevents teachers from stopping bullies from attacking students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or have another form of sexual identity.

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Lesbian Cadet Rejected for Readmission to West Point

Cadet Katherine Miller

Cadet Katherine Miller

A lesbian cadet resigned last year from West Point due to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, a law that bans openly gay soldiers from serving in the military. Katherine Miller, 21, who ranked ninth in her class, applied again to the military school, but sadly, even after the law was repealed, was denied readmission.

“While the don’t ask, don’t tell policy was recently changed and will be repealed, the effective date has not yet been determined,” Lt. Col. Sherri Reed, the academy’s director of public affairs, said in a statement. “Due to this situation, West Point is unable to offer her readmission at this time.”

Though Miller’s admission is currently being denied, Reed said that she will be able to be readmitted, but it will take some time.

“While at the academy Ms. Miller remained in good standing and had done exceptionally well academically, militarily and physically,” she said. “The choice to seek readmission is available to her once the repeal process is completed.”

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Lesbian Couple Overcomes Obstacles to Walk in School Assembly

It’s the Snow Days Pep Fest at Champlin Park High School, located in a suburb of Minneapolis. The energy levels are sky-high and everyone is excited to see which couple of the royalty court will be crowned. One of the couples in particular is highly excited about being named as royalty. Their names: Sarah Lindstrom and Desiree Shelton.

The lesbian couple were celebrating a victory as they walked into the pep rally. Earlier that week, a school policy had been changed in order to prevent them from walking into the assembly together, as a couple. Instead, all court members would be required to walk into the assembly alone or with a parent or favorite teacher.

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Joel Burns Offers Words of Hope for GLBT Teens

joel burnsOctober 11 was National Coming Out Day, a day meant to provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people.

Unfortunately, even this national movement for acceptance has not been preventing the suicides of many teens who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation.

According to The Huffington Post, approximately 90 percent of GLBT students were physically or verbally abused in 2009. This intense bullying is what led Asher Brown, 13, Bill Lucas, 15, Seth Walsh, 13, Tyler Clemenit, 18, and Zach Harrington, 19, to commit suicide. Gay teens are four times more likely than straight teens to attempt suicide, mainly because they do not feel accepted by their peers.

Joel Burns is an openly gay city councilman in Fort Worth, TX. At a city council meeting on October 12, 2010, Burns reached out to GLBT students around the world. Listen to his message of hope for all students who are being bullied. Read the rest of this entry »



LBGT-Friendly Colleges are Recruiting High School Seniors

lgbt campus finderThousands of college fairs each year try to recruit students. Attending a college fair can be a great way to get a feel for a school, talk to admissions officers, and chat with actual college students about what the school is really like. There are general college fairs, where every school from the Ivy Leagues to community colleges are present, and then there are more specific fairs, which can be directed towards a specific major or career path.

And now, there are college fairs that feature schools that want to recruit gay students.

One of the first college fairs that focused on recruiting gay students was recently held in Greenwich Village at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center. The goal of this fair was to help students find a school where they would feel comfortable and safe, according to Shane L. Windmeyer, the co-founder of Campus Pride, a national organization that promotes safe college environments for gay students and that sponsored the event.

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Lesbian Fear Cancels Prom in Mississippi High School [UPDATED]

Constance McMillen, Via Huffington Post

Constance McMillen, Via Huffington Post

UPDATE: Constance McMillen was awarded $35,000 from the Itawamba County School District for violation of her civil rights (July 21, 2010).

A high school in a Mississippi school district canceled its spring prom because a student, Constance McMillen, asked to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo to the yearly gala.

Rather than owning up to the real reasons why the prom was cancelled, school officials are instead citing that it is “due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events.” “Recent events” being a request by openly gay McMillen to invite her girlfriend to the prom.

McMillen told CBS News, “I just want to go to the prom and bring my date, just like everyone else gets to.”

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