An article on PsychCentral.com caught my attention this morning. It begins: “Analyzing YouTube video messages from the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign aimed at gay youth, researchers found this group was most comforted by messages that not only supported them but advocated for social change.”
Welcome to the LGBT Youth News Roundup for July 19, 2013!
Here are some of the latest developments:
Law and policy:
• The Washington Blade provides an update on the federal Student Non-Discrimination Act: “House lawmakers spoke out this week in favor of legislation aimed at prohibiting the bullying and harassment of LGBT students as Republican lawmakers refused a vote on such a measure as part of an education reform bill.”
• California Governor Jerry Brown (pictured above) has yet to sign (or veto) a bill that would clarify protections for transgender students.
• Oregon school districts in Salem-Keizer and Lake Oswego have taken steps to conform their anti-bullying policies to the Oregon Safe Schools Act.
• The Montana Board of Regents has voted to broaden the state university system’s anti-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
• In a heated debate over a non-discrimination policy, an Orleans Parish School Board member claimed there is “no such thing” as the separation of church and state.
The last several weeks have brought a whirlwind of LGBT news, with major developments coming not just from the Supreme Court, but also from several states (including Colorado and New Jersey) and from Russia. Here are just a few highlights of the many stories about and affecting youth.
I’m pleased to pass along some good news for LGBT youth from the Lone Star State. Bill Zedler, a Texas state representative, has dropped his push for an anti-gay amendment to a state appropriations bill (for now, anyway), and a transgender teen has won the right to wear a dress to her school prom. [UPDATE: More good news! The Texas A&M student body president has vetoed an anti-gay student bill. Details below.]
This post will take a particularly close look at Zedler’s amendment, in part because it may rear its ugly head again in the future, but also because there’s been some widespread misunderstanding about what exactly the amendment said and would have done. Read the full post