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  • Posted: June 19, 2014
    Pride! Learn How to Reach Out to LGBT Youth

    The White House has declared June as LGBT Pride Month.  During this month many organizations are focused on raising awareness about issues, and will celebrate the progress made towards increasing equal rights for those who identify themselves with the LGBT community.  President Barack Obama has made efforts towards improving gay rights such as in employment.  In the United States, people are still being fired from their jobs for their sexual orientation.  President Obama continues to work with Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, so that injustices like this are stopped.

    LGBT awareness has led school districts to adopt policies that protect LGBT students. This includes inclusive anti-bullying policies. According to one study (Kosciw, Greytak, Diaz, & Bartkiewicz, 2010) 84% of LGBT students report being bullied in school.  In addition... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: August 20, 2012
    President Barack Obama greets Brandon Greene during a conversation on bullying with a small group from the Conference on Bullying Prevention, in the Oval Office, March 10, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    What would happen if students took it upon themselves to improve their schools and communities? That’s the question that Brandon Greene, currently a rising sophomore at Burrillville High School in Rhode Island, asked himself a few years ago.

    As part of a 6th grade school project, Greene created a small committee to give back to his school and community and spread an anti-bullying message. Continue Reading

  • Posted: August 8, 2012

    Yesterday, Cynthia Germanotta and I had the opportunity to discuss how to empower young people and end bullying at the Third Annual Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington, D.C. Cynthia and her daughter, Lady Gaga, recently founded the Born This Way Foundation to empower young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a kinder, braver world.

    As moms, both Cynthia and I realize the impact that bullying—and kindness—can have on young people. We both agreed that we must all stay focused on ending bullying because no young person, or their loved ones, should have to endure the pain, agony, and loss to our families, schools, and communities that can come with bullying.... Continue Reading

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