Ugandan paper goes on outing campaign

A relatively new tabloid in Uganda has taken a bad situation and made it worse. The Rolling Stone (no relation to the US music magazine) has a cover story with pictures. Here is the cover supplied by a reader:It is hard to see but the subcaption says: Hang Them.GayUganda and Boxturtlebulletin has more... … [Read more...]

Statement about recent bullying related suicides: Education Sec. Arne Duncan

The link for the statement is here...U.S. Department of EducationOffice of Communications & Outreach, Press Office400 Maryland Ave., S.W.Washington, D.C. 20202FOR RELEASEOct. 1, 2010Contact: Press Office(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.govSTATEMENT BY U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCANOn the Recent Deaths of Two Young Men       U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today released the following statement:       "This week, we sadly lost two young men who took the … [Read more...]

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

A group called Parents Advocacy Committee for Educational Rights (PACER) has hosted a National Bullying Prevention week for the past four years. This year they are observing this week as usual but have also expanded the event through the month of October. At the link above, many activities and ideas are provided for classroom teachers and youth leaders. I signed the pledge and encourage you to do so and pass the link along.CNN is focusing on bullying this week, starting with a segment on … [Read more...]

NARTH 2010: Schoenewolf returns

About this time four years ago, I was debating about whether to attend the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) conference. I was scheduled to talk about the Sexual Identity Therapy framework. However, I decided not to go (and Scientific Advisory Board member, David Blakeslee, resigned from NARTH) after a controversy broke out over an article on the NARTH website by Gerald Schoenewolf, titled Gay Rights and Political Correctness: A Brief History.  In esse … [Read more...]

Rationalization, thy name is Andrew Shirvell

Quibbling over campaign tactics?Watch this if you can stomach it. It's extraordinary. Cooper nailed the guy with the definition of cyberbullying. If you look at Chris Armstrong Watch, a creepy website Shirvell runs, you might agree with Cooper on his analysis of the state of Michigan definition of cyberbullying. With all the caps and hyperbole, it kind of reminds me of another website. Um, it has slipped my mind, oh wait, I had it... Oh I lost it. Could it be? Oh well, I just can't … [Read more...]

California teen bullycide victim dies

Yesterday, KGET reported the death of Seth Walsh, a 13 year old boy, out as gay, who was bullied constantly. In this report, confirmation of the situation comes from his tormentors.Tehachapi police investigators interviewed some of the young people who taunted Seth the day he hanged himself and determined despite the tragic outcome of their ridicule, their actions do not constitute a crime."Several of the kids that we talked to broke down into tears," Jeff Kermode, Tehachapi Police Chief, s … [Read more...]

The silence from Las Vegas continues…

No huge news here, just been thinking about why the Las Vegas press has not written one word about the connection of Canyon Ridge Christian Church to the international story of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Today, I was contacted by a Finnish writer and yesterday alerted that the BBC is investigating the matter yet again and may be in touch. Most American and many European news organizations have covered the story extensively. NPR and Salon have addressed the Canyon Ridge connection but only … [Read more...]

Asher Brown – Another bullycide

I can't think of how to start this so I will just post the link and grieve.Parents believe bullies drove son to take his lifeThe eighth-grader killed himself last week. He shot himself in the head after enduring what his mother and stepfather say was constant harassment from four other students at Hamilton Middle School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.Brown, his family said, was "bullied to death" — picked on for his small size, his religion and because he did not w … [Read more...]