LGBT Youth Allies’ Global News Roundup #7

Posted by MK on Sep 7, 2012 @ 10:11 am

To close out the work week, here’s a selection of LGBT-youth-related news from around the world.

  •  A former high school teacher in Connecticut has filed a lawsuit, saying he was forced out of his job for being gay. You’ll find more details here.
  • There are several stories from the Midwest today: Queerty has posted this description of Adam Hoover, a determined young advocate working for change in Ohio, and the Windy City Media Group has a profile of openly gay Michigan student Jose Aburto, whose efforts on behalf of gay youth have earned him a spot in the Bank of America Student Leaders Program. The Advocate, meanwhile, reports on a young transgender man who has joined his high school’s football team, also in Michigan.  Finally, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), working with Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Waples & Hanger, filed a federal lawsuit over the alleged discriminatory treatment by the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) of student Dynasty Young. Young is the student who made national news for allegedly firing a stun gun last spring to ward off school bullies. The NCLR reports that the 17-year-old student

faced severe and relentless harassment at Arsenal Technical High School (Tech) throughout the 2011-2012 school year. Rather than address the constant harassment and abuse suffered by 17-year-old Dynasty Young, school administrators blamed the harassment on Young’s gender nonconforming clothes and “flamboyant” behavior. Ultimately, IPS expelled Dynasty instead of taking effective measures to protect him from the harassment.

NCLR provides more information about the lawsuit here. The suit alleges violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as well as violations of state law and a federal law known as Title IX; I described the latter law in this July post.


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