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Matthew Shepard Foundation Enters 20th Year

Matthew Shepard Foundation Enters 20th Year

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Nineteen years after the brutal, anti-gay murder of her 21-year-old son Matthew in Laramie, Wyoming, Judy Shepard is committed and passionate about the cause of combatting bullying and bias of the type that ripped her family apart. “I look at this as my grieving process,” she said of the frequent appearances […]

Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

BY ANDY HUMM | Out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Queens, on October 30, presided over a hearing of the Committee on Education he chairs that heard more than six hours of testimony on bullying in the city public schools, with representatives from the Department of Education (DOE) on the defensive and students and advocates […]

DOE Must Do Better Job of Keeping LGBTQ Students Safe

DOE Must Do Better Job of Keeping LGBTQ Students Safe

BY DANIEL DROMM | The real tragedy of the terrible bullying-related killing that occurred two weeks ago at the Urban Assembly for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx is that it seems to have been completely preventable. In the wake of this sad incident, there are numerous questions about the details of what happened. This much […]

Where Brawn Meets Brightness

Where Brawn Meets Brightness

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Last winter, “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” James Lecesne’s gripping solo show recounting the tragic disappearance of a flamboyant gay teen in a small Jersey Shore town, got raves during its sold-out stint at the cozy performance space at Dixon Place. Now the production, under the expert direction of Tony Speciale, […]

Making “Upstanders” Out of Bullying Bystanders

Making “Upstanders” Out of Bullying Bystanders

BY ANDY HUMM | Less than three years after the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers freshman who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after being humiliated by his roommate who videocast him kissing another man, his parents and brother have created a foundation in his name working to end bullying in schools by fostering climates […]

Day of Silence for Anti-Bullying Awareness Protested on the Right

Day of Silence for Anti-Bullying Awareness Protested on the Right

GLSEN –– the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network –– is holding its annual Day of Silence this Saturday, April 20.  According to the group’s website, “the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.” The Day of […]