Blog Posts for Connecticut
I aspire to a day when suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts are no longer prevalent among LGBTQ youth. We are not there now, so I am glad we have some terrific resources to help.
Be careful before you record. But do report bullying to your school and keep proof that you reported (a copy of the complaint or report by email). If you think your school is not protecting you against anti-LGBTQ or HIV+ bullying, contact GLAD Answers. If you are ever worried about bullying in school or are unsure of what your rights are, check out www.glad.org/youth/bullying and www.glad.org/youth/school to learn more.
Referring to transgender people by names and pronouns inconsistent with their gender identity, even in school records, is inappropriate, disrespectful, perpetuates a system of oppression and discrimination against transgender people, and, as Laverne Cox flawlessly stated at the 2014 Creating Change Conference, is an act of violence.
GLAD gets contacted fairly regularly about locker and bathroom graffiti identifying a student as gay or threatening an LGBTQ student. For the calls we get, there is never a witness. What can you do? What can your school do?
Are you wearing purple today to support Spirit Day and take a stand against bullying?
On September 25th, 2014 13 Members of Congress and over 20 organizations sent a letter to top officials at the Federal Communications Commission, asking them to ensure that online filtering software used at federally funded schools and libraries does not prevent access to sites with important resources for the LGBTQ community.
Don’t wait to start a GSA at your middle school! The time is NOW! CHECK OUT our video above and contact us at www.GLADAnswers.org/GSA if you want help forming a GSA at your middle school!
During the question and answer period after delivering the keynote address at this year’s Lavender Law Transgender Law Institute (TLI), I learned that a portion of my remarks inspired palpable discomfort among some in attendance. Surfacing and naming that discomfort served as an effective tool to highlight the painful experience of having your gender identity publicly questioned, something that those of us who are gender nonconforming (whether transgender identifying or not) experience routinely.
Simply removing discriminatory laws from the books should be the bare minimum of what we seek. The ultimate prize is not equality - it's justice.
With summer comes summer jobs for many of New England’s youth, whether that be scooping ice cream, working at a summer camp, or maybe scoring an exciting internship. Wherever you may find yourself working this summer, there’s a chance you could encounter the pesky “D”-word: discrimination.