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I was asked to write a little something for http://www.iwillbeokay.com/, so here it is (unedited):

I am sharing my story let anyone out there know –you are not alone. There have been a horrific amount of teenage suicides due to bullying. It just breaks my heart to know what those family members are feeling. No one should ever get to a point where they feel entirely helpless. I want to say to anyone out there feeling that way, take it as a learning experience to educate others. (more…)

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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7220896.html:

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Asher Brown’s worn-out tennis shoes still sit in the living room of his Cypress-area home while his student progress report — filled with straight A’s — rests on the coffee table. (more…)

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http://abcnews.go.com/:

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While enjoying a bite to eat at a local diner, you overhear a waiter giving two women at the next table a hard time.

“Are you sisters?” he asks them. “Are your husbands joining you?”

At first, he just seems to be a nuisance but then he gets personal.

Oh, you’re lesbians?” he exclaims. “What about your kids? Don’t they need daddies?” (more…)

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from http://news.yahoo.com

Constance McMillenJACKSON, Miss. – The prom’s still off at a Mississippi high school that canceled it instead of letting a lesbian student bring her girlfriend, but a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the district’s actions did violate the teen’s constitutional rights.

U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson refused the American Civil Liberties Union’s demand to force the Itawamba County school districtto put on the April 2 prom. However, he said canceling it did violate 18-year-old Constance McMillen’s rights and that he would hold a trial on the issue. (more…)

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from: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100319/us_nm/us_ellen
Ellen DeGeneres, Constance McMillenLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and an inspirational Web site on Friday gave $30,000 toward the college education of a teenage lesbian whose high school prom was canceled when she asked to attend with a girl. (more…)

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http://www.npr.org/:

This undated image provided by Adam Bouska/NOH8 Campaign shows Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., posing for the NOH8 campaign. NOH8 is a gay rights group challenging Proposition 8 passed by California voters in 2008 banning same sex marriage.

Cindy McCain’s decision topublicly endorse the gay rights movement and in particular theNOH8 campaign’s efforts on behalf of same-sex marriage, puts her at odds not only with her husband, 2008 Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, but also with his Democratic opponent, President Barack Obama. (more…)

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How San Diego mayor shifted on gay marriage

from SFGate.com:

SAN FRANCISCO — San Diego’s Republican mayor testified emotionally Tuesday about his transformation from a foe to a friend of same-sex marriage and spotlighted a central issue in the Proposition 8 case – whether the law can be based on prejudice against lesbians and gays if many supporters harbor no anti-gay bias.

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from: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126334233397826947.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

SAN FRANCISCO — The judge presiding over the first serious challenge in federal court of a state gay-marriage ban has defined his career with an unconventional approach.

[Quirky Judge Presides in Gay-Marriage Case] (more…)

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