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Professional wrestlers launch anti-bully campaign

TNA wrestler Mr. Anderson

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) announced Monday a new campaign to combat bullying. The campaign “Eliminate the Hate” is the first of its kind by a professional sporting organization.

TNA airs weekly episodes on Spike TV, an adrenaline-fueled network that caters to the young male demographic.

According to a press release, TNA will create anti-bully public service announcements that will air on Spike and on the organization’s websites. TNA will also work with broadcast partner Sirius XM to air anti-bully PSAs on the satellite radio network’s family of channels.

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State Rep. Mike Jacobs appears to win easy victory

State Sen. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta) appeared to sail to an easy victory over challenger first-time political candidate Sandy Murray in District 80 in Tuesday's election.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting on Wednesday, Jacobs carried an easy lead over Murray with 66.1 percent of the votes to 33.9 percent, according to unofficial state Secretary of State results.

Jacobs has received much credit from many LGBT voters for pushing through the nation's first anti-bullying bill that encompasses K-12th grade.

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LGBT youth suicides spark calls for change

Gabriel Haggray was the victim of high school bullying

When Gabriel Haggray was a ninth grader at Salem High School in Conyers, Ga., he said he was bullied incessantly and would often go home after school and sit in his bedroom sobbing alone, feeling worthless.

“It was horrible. In gym class they would take my gym shorts or when I was in my gym clothes they would steal my street clothes,” he remembered. “One guy would always take my lunch, call me a fag and ask why I was still around.”

At first, Haggray said he “just took it” — he just put up with the bullying. Eventually he got tired of it and sought someone to listen to him as he dealt with the insecurity of being gay as well as finding a way to stop being bullied.

Fortunately, Haggray was able to find an empathetic counselor who presided over peer mediation with two of the boys who were bullying him, he said.

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Gay Cobb County teens work to pass anti-bullying policies

Gay Cobb County high school student Austin Laufersweiler, named the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s Student Advocate of the Year in 2009, is working with activists to enact an anti-bullying bill in the school district and is making headlines with his work.

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Georgia Equality lobby day postponed

Georgia Equality, a statewide LGBT political group, has postponed its lobbying day originally scheduled for March 24 at the Georgia General Assembly.

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Ga. student suicide blamed on bullying

The parents of a student with special needs who hanged himself are suing the school district in U.S. federal court claiming the system failed to protect him when he was constantly being bullied by other students, including being called "gay."

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Bullying bill on hold at General Assembly

Lobby Day at the Georgia Assembly

In a year where a growing budget shortfall casts a long shadow across every conversation at the Georgia Capitol, one bill aimed at protecting Georgia students faces an uncertain future in the House.

State Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta) made a last-minute floor maneuver March 11 to save a bill that would expand the definition of bullying while requiring schools to develop strict guidelines tailored to curb bullying in elementary through high schools.