Homophobia ruined my childhood. As a child, I wasn’t strong enough to bear the insults and the punches all the other kids threw at me. I used to come home and cry every day, and the worst part was that I couldn’t tell anybody else. If only the society was a bit more tolerant, and parents taught their children that it is okay to be different, I could have had a nice childhood? >>>
Twenty-year-old Bing Feng was a victim of violence at school for years. Words such as "queer", "hermaphrodite" and "sissy" were hurled at him right up to high school. Bing is not an isolated case. In April, Aibai Culture and Education Center, and Guangzhou's Associated Gay/Les Campus (AGLC) launched an online survey on school bullying related to sexual orientation and gender identity. >>>
Most homosexual and transgender people who took part in a recent survey said they had been the target of bullying and attacks because of the way they are. They have experienced verbal or physical abuse, ranging from derogatory name-calling to sexual harassment and physical assault.
It’s a simple headline that will change the life of California Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani – and she apparently hopes – the lives of LGBT teens, as well.
“Galgiani says she’s gay” the Stockton newspaper The Record posted starkly online on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1:16pm. Within hours the headline and the brief story were picked up and reported on throughout the state of California. >>>
The deaths of five teen boys in recent weeks has jolted the LGBT community and prompted an outpouring of grief, anger and calls for solutions to what appears to be a growing problem. "Whether it's students harassing other students because of ethnicity, disability or religion; or an adult, public official harassing the President of the University of Michigan student body because he is gay, it is time we as a country said enough. No more. This must stop," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan in a statement. >>>