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Emory student organizations release statement on alleged anti-gay altercation

Leaders from Emory University’s LGBT student organizations and the Greek community came together Tuesday to discuss recent allegations of a student who claimed to have been forcibly removed from an off-campus gathering held by members of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

The unnamed student was involved in an altercation with Emory alum Adam Smith and claimed to have been dragged out of the party by his neck amid anti-gay slurs from other attendees of the party.

The story drew strong reaction from national media outlets and university student groups.

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By the numbers: New York City teenage sex statistics

6.9 Percent of sexually active male teens in a New York City survey who said they had sex either with males and females or only other males. 11.9 Percent of sexually active female teens in the survey who said t...
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Emory student alleges anti-gay physical altercation

According to the Emory University newspaper, The Emory Wheel, a student claims he was forcibly removed from an off-campus fraternity party over the weekend after admitting he was gay.

The student, who wished to remain anonymous, alleged that he was dragged out of a party held at the residence of several Sigma Nu fraternity members on Saturday night. The article reports Adam Smith, a recent graduate, choked and dragged the unnamed student out of the residence by his neck.

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Gay activists plan counter protest to KKK in Augusta

Jennifer Keeton

The Queer Justice League along with members of Proud Ally and GETEqual are planning to travel to Augusta on Saturday to hold a peaceful counter protest to the Ku Klux Klan.

The KKK is protesting Augusta State University after the university stated graduate level counseling student Jennifer Keeton, a devout Christian, needed to change her anti-gay beliefs in order to graduate.

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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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Pride should be a means, not an end

We had just finished hanging the last banner on the GA Voice booth at Atlanta Pride on Friday afternoon when a small voice spoke up.

“Can I take one of these?”

I looked around the side of the tent to see her pointing at the rack of newspapers in front of our table. She was young, a little shy, just starting to sport a baby dyke look with her short dreadlocks and baggy shorts.

Of course, we said. So she took the paper, but lingered.

“This is my first Pride.”

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Ku Klux Klan to rally in favor of anti-gay Christian student who sued Augusta State University

The Ku Klux Klan will be at Augusta State College later this month showing support of a counseling student who sued the university for forcing her to undergo a “remediation” program due to her anti-gay stances, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

The Chronicle reported today that Bobby Spurlock, “who identified himself as the imperial wizard knighthawk and grand dragon of South Carolina and North Carolina” said the KKK is protesting the university’s decision that Jennifer Keeton undergo a remediation program to learn more about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people after she told professors and students she believed homosexuality to be immoral.

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Ga. student sues university after asked to change anti-gay views

Jen Keeton is suing university over gay claims

An Augusta, Ga., graduate student is suing her university alleging the school violated her constitutional rights by saying she needed to change her anti-gay views in order to graduate.

The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian organization dedicated to defending “traditional family values,” represents Jennifer Keeton, 24, a counseling graduate student at Augusta State University.

Keeton claims in her suit, filed July 21, the school threatened to expel her because of her Christian belief that being gay or transgender is immoral and that she needed to go through a “remediation program” that included diversity and sensitivity classes about LGBT issues. The remediation program also included the suggestion Keeton attend Augusta’s first Gay Pride parade on June 19 and write about it, the suit claims.