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Gay Teens Receive Harsher Penalties From Schools, Law Enforcement, Study Reveals

A study has found that U.S. gay and lesbian teens -- especially girls -- are more likely to be punished by schools and the criminal justice system. Credit: Getty
During a year when gay bullying and suicides are increasingly gaining media attent...
Lesbian teens are particularly at risk for unequal treatment from schools and the criminal justice system.

Opinion: History and I Will Shake Off Carl Paladino's Anti-Gay Remarks

New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino made anti-gay comments in a speech on Oct. 10. Credit: Don Heupel/AP
When I read about New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino criticizing gay people, I smile a little. Does ...
When I read about New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino criticizing gay people, I smile a little. Does that make me a bad father?

Dan Savage to LGBT Teens: 'It Gets Better'

Sex advice columnist and author Dan Savage is sending a message to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens: It will get better, really! Savage has launched the It Gets Better Project, a campaign on YouTube that's meant to assure young peo...Sex advice columnist and author Dan Savage is sending a message to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens: It will get better, really!

Half of Youth Who ID as LGBT Say They're Bullied Online

More than half the nation's nonheterosexual kids are victims of cyberbullying, often with devastating emotional effects. An online survey conducted by researchers at Iowa State University showed that 54 percent of nonheterosexual youth are regul...

Gay Kids Tell Their Stories in CRISIS

When I first started reading CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay In America, I did not expect any great revelations. Having grown up in San Francisco to become an outspoken supporter of e...

Girls kissing girls - and liking it?

Perhaps you have heard of Katy Perry, an up and coming young singer who is working hard to shock and alarm parents while positioning herself as the anti-Miley Cyrus. A former Christian music singer, Perry is now getting all kids of attention for a so...

Florida Principal not so much a pal

It cost the school district over $300,000 in legal fees, sent teachers to sensitivity training, and trampled the constitutional rights of students, and yet, many in the Florida community of Ponce de Leon still support principal David Davis' "witch hu...

Adoption site: no gays allowed

Making the choice to adopt requires a big commitment. You really have to be prepared and know what you're getting into. It's not something that can happen by accident or in the heat of the moment. In New York, you can even get certified as "Qualified...

Teen response to Sally Kern

I've had a tough time getting Sally Kern's hateful words out of my head. Truth be told, I have yet to be successful. Of course, I am not the only one who has been bothered by what she said -- the internet is veritably humming with outraged discussion...

Sally Kern's gay son

A while back, the Ali Forney Center ran an ad campaign in New York aimed at encouraging parents not to stop loving their children just because they might be gay. Well, it seems to me that those posters might have been more in need in Oklahoma where R...

Court supports school's diversity curriculum

There is some good and bad news coming from a circuit Court of Appeals in Massachusetts. First, the bad news: it appears I can't complain about my son bringing home a book called "Angel Hide and Seek" when we don't believe in angels. Now the good new...

No Name Calling Week

Five years ago, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) started a campaign to help bring an end to name-calling among kids. Aimed at children in grades 5 through 8, the program offers tools and inspiration intended to open up a dialog...

Florida school board bans sex clubs on campus

I'm not exactly sure what goes on at a meeting of a Gay-Straight Alliance club, but I'm pretty sure they're not donning pretty frocks and rushing in to back rooms to have sex. More likely, students discuss issues such as how "to make their school com...

Gay homecoming couple is news?

In the town of Davis, California, the high school junior class selected a gay couple as their homecoming princes. Brandon Raphael and Kiernan Gatewood rode through town as part of the school's annual homecoming parade, each wearing a white sash beari...

Teen Talk: dealing with sexual orientation

I often have the feeling that the longer I stay at this mothering gig, the harder and more complicated it becomes. This is even more the case when it comes to parenting a teenager. When my teen, Loren, was a toddler, I worried about his physical safe...

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