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NJ Ban: Therapists Can't Try to Turn Gay Teens Straight

Joins California as 2nd state to outlaw 'gay conversion therapy'

(Newser) - Chris Christie may not have done much bill-signing on Friday, but the same can't be said for today. The AP reports that the governor is set to sign a bill that will prevent licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teens straight. New Jersey will join California as the... More »

Teacher Who Backed Gay-Free Prom Under Fire

Diana Medley doesn't actually work for Sullivan High

(Newser) - One Indiana town's quest to hold a competing "traditional" prom—that would be one in which gay students aren't permitted to attend —is spelling trouble for Diana Medley, a teacher who, crazily enough, doesn't even work for the school. Medley, you'll recall, is the... More »

School Expels Bullied Kid Who Brought Stun Gun

Darnell Young will miss rest of junior year, first semester of senior year

(Newser) - The gay teen who brought a stun gun to school to defend himself against bullies—then fired said gun into the air—is paying the piper: Arsenal Tech High School has expelled Darnell "Dynasty" Young, who now won't be allowed to finish his junior year, and will miss... More »

California Moves to Ban 'Gay Cure' for Teens

'Conversion therapy' is dangerous, bill's sponsor says

(Newser) - Psychotherapists who claim they can "cure" gay teenagers may soon be out of business in California. A bill before the state Senate would ban so-called "conversion therapy" for minors and require adults to sign a release form stating that the counseling is ineffective and possibly dangerous, reports AP... More »

Mom Sends Bullied Gay Son to School With Stun Gun

Chelisa Grimes says teachers didn't help Darnell 'Dynasty' Young

(Newser) - Chelisa Grimes was tired of her son, 17-year-old Darnell "Dynasty" Young, being bullied at school—so she sent the gay teen to class with a stun gun. "What is a parent to do when she has done everything that she felt she was supposed to do ... at the... More »

Why Militants Are Killing Emos

'Emo' and 'gay' are synonymous for most Iraqis

(Newser) - Why are young people in Iraq who identify as Emos being brutally murdered ? Because militants, and Iraqis in general, think of them as gay, the AP reports. Up to 58 Iraqis considered homosexual have been killed over the past six weeks, sometimes by having their skulls crushed with heavy... More »

Bullies Taunt Gay Suicide's Sis: 'We're Glad He's Dead'

'They have no heart,' says grief-stricken dad

(Newser) - Bullies are continuing to plague a grief-stricken family even after the suicide of their 14-year-old gay son. New York student Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself after repeatedly complaining about bullies at his school and after making a heart-breaking YouTube video where he talked of his hopes for a better future. Now... More »

Cops Weigh Charges in Bullying Suicide

3 eyed for possible hate crime, harassment charges in Jamey Rodemeyer's death

(Newser) - Police are weighing criminal charges against three alleged teenage bullies who taunted a 14-year-old gay student for almost a year before he committed suicide , according to authorities. Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself earlier this week after blogging repeatedly about the bullying. No bullying laws exist in New York state, so the... More »

Gaga on Bullying: Get Me Obama

Embarks on crusade to make bullying illegal after Jamey Rodemeyer's suicide

(Newser) - For one gay teen, it didn't get better, and Lady Gaga plans to do something about it. The singer took to Twitter following the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer —who ended his life because he could no longer face bullying at his school—first expressing sadness ("The past... More »

Gay Teen in 'It Gets Better' Video Commits Suicide

Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, couldn't take the bullying any longer

(Newser) - As members of the US military were about to celebrate their right to serve as gays, one gentle New York gay student, 14, was ending his life because he could no longer face bullying at his school. "I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens,"... More »

Gay, Bisexual Teens Take More Risks

Gay and bisexual high school students more likely to drink, smoke

(Newser) - Gay and bisexual high school students are more likely than their heterosexual classmates to smoke, drink alcohol or do other risky things, according to a CDC study released today. Investigators asked about dozens of risky behaviors, ranging from not wearing a bicycle helmet to drug use and suicide attempts. Based... More »

Gay Teen Jumps to Suspended Teacher's Defense

In viral video, Graeme Taylor cites suicide attempt at age 9

(Newser) - Video of a 14-year-old student’s incredibly eloquent defense of a suspended Michigan teacher is making waves on the web, the Detroit Free Press reports. The clip shows Graeme Taylor speaking at a school board meeting about his experience as a 9-year-old driven to a suicide attempt by bullying. Taylor... More »

Two-Thirds Blame Churches for Gay Teen Suicides

People hear homophobic messages from the pulpit, says poll

(Newser) - About 65% of Americans think that anti-gay messages from religious leaders contribute to suicides among homosexual youths, a new poll finds. Slightly more, 72%, agree that religion at least somehow contributes to negative views of gays and lesbians, say researchers at the nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute. Twice as many... More »

Obama to Gay Teens: 'You Are Not Alone'

(Newser) - President Obama is the latest celeb to reach out to gay teens by way of the "It Gets Better Project." In his video, Obama empathizes with bullied kids, saying that he knows "what it's like growing up feeling that sometimes you don't belong." Obama, addressing gay... More »

Why People Are Wearing Purple Today

Oct. 20 is LGBT Spirit Day

(Newser) - People around the country are wearing purple today to show their support for the eight teenagers who recently took their lives due to gay bullying. LGBT Spirit Day was started by a Canadian teenager who wanted to show gay teens that the world wasn't against them. A message on the... More »

Clinton Assures Gay Teens: 'It Will Get Better'

Tomorrow will be better, she assures LGBT youth

(Newser) - Add Hillary Clinton to the list of boldface names making videos aimed at gay teens in the wake of several bullying-related suicides. “I have a message for all the young people out there who are being bullied, or who feel alone and find it hard to imagine a better... More »

Councilman's Plea to Gay Teens Goes Viral

'Things will get easier,' says Fort Worth's Joel Burns

(Newser) - It's a viral video of the right kind: a Fort Worth city councilman's heartfelt speech on the suicides of gay teens is a certifiable Internet smash, notes AOL News . As in, more than 560,000 views and counting of Joel Burns' address in two days. "Yes high school was... More »

At Ohio School, 4 Bullied Teens Lost to Suicide

Tragedy at Mentor High School

(Newser) - The image is a heartbreaking one: 16-year-old Sladjana Vidovic lying in an open casket, dressed in the sparkly pink dress she had intended to wear to prom. It's an image that has been repeated three more times at Mentor High School, an institution that has seen three suicides and one... More »

Clementi Death Ignites Gay Outrage

Celebs preach hope to gay teens, urge tolerance

(Newser) - Just as Matthew Shepard once triggered a groundswell, Tyler Clementi is now a rallying cry for tolerance in the gay community, with celebrities and activists alike denouncing hate crimes and telling gay teens to just hang in there. "Things will get easier; people's minds will change," says a... More »

Body in Hudson ID'd as Rutgers Freshman

Tyler Clementi is the fourth gay teen suicide in a month

(Newser) - The body pulled from the Hudson River is indeed that of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi , reports ABC News , and the death has been ruled a suicide. Clementi is the teen who jumped to his death after his roommate allegedly posted a video online of him with another man. His is... More »

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