Sen. Casey Introduces Anti-Bullying Measure

August 20, 2010

by Jen Colleta | Philadelphia Gay News

U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Robert Casey Jr. (D) introduced a bill last week that seeks to mandate federal regulations for school bullying, including banning harassment against LGBT youth.

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Antibullying Bill Passes N.Y. State Senate

June 23, 2010

by Julie Bolcer | The Advocate

The Dignity for All Students Act, which would protect LGBT students from bullying and harassment in schools, has passed the New York state senate after years of effort. Gov. David Paterson is expected to sign the bill into law, which would mark the first time gender identity and expression are included in state law.

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Massachusetts Legislature Approves Anti-Bullying Law

April 30, 2010

by Martin Finucane | The Boston Globe

The state Legislature has unanimously approved a state law cracking down on bullying, following two cases of Massachusetts youths committing suicide after allegedly being bullied.

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Illinois Passes Antibullying Bill

April 26, 2010

from The Advocate

With a vote of 108-0, the Illinois house of representatives Friday passed a bill requiring schools to adopt policies prohibiting bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and several other characteristics, according to the LBGT rights group Equality Illinois.

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California Court: No Free-Speech Protection for Cyberbullying

March 23, 2010

by Carol J. Williams | Los Angeles Times

Students at an elite Los Angeles private school who posted death threats and anti-gay messages on the Internet site of a 15-year-old classmate can’t claim the constitutional protection of free speech, a California appeals court has ruled.

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Oklahoma City School Board Passes Protection for Gay Pupils

December 15, 2009

by Megan Rolland | The Oklahoman

The bullying or harassment of gay, lesbian and transgender students in the Oklahoma City School District will not be tolerated, school board members said Monday with a vote amending the district’s policy.

“This is an opportunity for us to get a little bit ahead of the curve, not very far I’ll admit,” board member Phil Horning said. “You cannot live in central Oklahoma and not admit that there is a tendency to discriminate against gay and lesbian individuals. You’d have to have your head in the sand not to admit it … I’ll die before I vote no.”

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North Carolina State Senator Floyd McKissick Defends Anti-Bullying Bill

May 6, 2009

The Senate voted 25-22 Tuesday to approve a controversial anti-bullying bill that specifically refers to gay and lesbian students as targets for harassment. S526 would require school districts to protect all students from bullying, but – and here’s the catch – it includes a list of examples of common reasons for bullying, like race, gender, and sexual orientation.

North Carolina State Senator Floyd McKissick compared the bill’s enumerations to those upheld by the US Supreme Court in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. You can hear his speech here. (3:33)