Making religious communities safe for LGBTQ kids

(RNS) — Eight years ago this Saturday, my son, Tyler Clementi, died by suicide after vicious cyberbullying at Rutgers University because of his sexual orientation. He was 18 years old. Tyler was not the first gay youth to die after cruel attacks by peers, and sadly, he wasn’t the last. Study after study continues to

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Study: Youth suicide rates highest among trans men

Transgender youth attempt suicide at much higher rates than other cisgender adolescents, suggests a new study in the September issue of Pediatrics, a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. LGBT advocates and organizations are not surprised by the study and say it only reaffirms what, anecdotally, has been known for years. View Full Story

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Community collaboration required to end bullying

As children return to the classroom they are met with many challenges. One of the most difficult they face is bullying. According to the Tyler Clementi Foundation, bullying is defined as any unwanted and harmful verbal, physical, psychological, sexual or social act committed by an individual or group. Stopbullying.gov reports that 1 in 7 students

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Tyler Clementi Foundation Takes On Faith-Based Anti-LGBTQ Bullying

As religious radicals like Mike Pence and Brett Kavanaugh come closer and closer to stripping LGBTQ people of rights and dignity, the Tyler Clementi Foundation has launched an effort to end bullying of queer individuals in the name of God. “In my own life, faith has been a powerful and important refuge in times of

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Threats To Transgender Student Drove Oklahoma School District To Close For 2 Days

An Oklahoma school district briefly shut down this week after people purporting to be parents of students used social media to make violent, epithet-filled threats against a transgender girl. Public schools in Achille reopened Wednesday after being closed Monday and Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. Meanwhile, Bryan County Sheriff Johnny Christian has launched an investigation into a

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Mom of cyberbullied teen Tyler Clementi says she considered killing herself after her son’s suicide

(CNN) Jane Clementi — whose son, Tyler Clementi, died by suicide after getting bullied online — says that after his death at age 18, she also considered suicide. When Tyler was a student at Rutgers University, his roommate used a computer webcam to film Clementi in an intimate act with a man. The video was

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