Jersey Mom criticizes school for HIV question

Parent Janet Mendes is criticizing a New Jersey middle school for allegedly asking sixth-graders if they were HIV positive. According to Mendes, the query was posed before students of Hackensack Middle School w...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Sept. 13

1. Edie Windsor, the lesbian whose court case brought marriage equality to the United States, passed away yesterday at age 88. Thank you, Edie, for everything. 2. More sad news coming out of San Francisco's ...
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Survey finds rampant homophobia in Ga. schools

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network released a "snapshot" today of what life is like for LGBT students in Georgia schools, and it's not a pretty picture.

Some 92 percent of Georgia middle and high school students surveyed reported "regularly" hearing homophobic slurs like "fag," while more than 40 percent said they had been physically harassed and more than 20 percent had been physically assaulted based on sexual orientation.

“While we have seen some progress nationally in the 14 years since we started our National School Climate Survey, much work remains to ensure that all Georgia schools are safe and affirming environments for LGBT students,” said Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN executive director, in a press release. “We look forward to working with our Georgia partners to ensure that every LGBT student has equal access to a quality education.” 

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School funding anti-discrimination bill introduced in Ga. House

A bill to prohibit state tax dollars from going to private schools that discriminate against students, including LGBT students, has been introduced in the Georgia House by lesbian state Reps. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) and Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur).

House Bill 456 was introduced Feb. 22. State Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens) was an original co-sponsor of the bill with Rep. Bell. He said while he is no longer a co-sponsor he still supports the bill "100 percent."

"I was assigned another bill by House leadership but that doesn't mean in any way I don't fully support the bill," Frye said.