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January 24, 1993
I want to thank you for publishing Mary Laine Yarber's article "Here's How to Reach Groups That Help Gay and Lesbian Students Cope" (Jan. 14). It is an excellent article, reflecting the sensitivity one would hope to find among adults, professional and non-professional, who profess to care about children and adolescents. As the director for Children, Youth & Families of Jewish Family & Children's Service of Long Beach, I am aware of the need for recognition of the existence of lesbian and gay teen-agers in our community and of their acute need for appropriate counseling resources.
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March 19, 2013 | By Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
A San Bernardino County school district allegedly discriminated against gay and lesbian students, including its apparent refusal to allow girls to wear tuxedos to the upcoming prom. In a letter Monday from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the Hesperia Unified School District was notified that it faces legal action. The ACLU typically warns government agencies of impending litigation to give them time to make changes. The letter makes specific allegations against the faculty and administration of Sultana High School.
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January 14, 1993 | MARY LAINE YARBER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES, Mary Laine Yarber teaches high school English
Being different is never easy, especially for teen-agers. Gay and lesbian teen-agers have a rough time--and they tend to have significant social, academic, health and mental problems to show for it. They can, for example, suffer from unusually low self-esteem because of shame at being homosexual or fear of being ostracized. They also can develop identity conflicts while denying or hiding their sexual orientation.
OPINION
October 18, 2010
A spate of suicides by gay teenagers has produced what looks like a united front against anti-gay bullying. But at least one conservative leader sees a sinister homosexual agenda in efforts to combat such bullying by acknowledging and affirming gay students. As The Times recently observed, harassment of gay and lesbian students is part of a larger problem, and therefore, schools should pursue comprehensive anti-bullying efforts. That doesn't mean teachers and administrators shouldn't recognize anti-gay bullying as a distinct issue rooted not only in adolescent cruelty but in cultural condemnations of homosexuality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2013 | By Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
A San Bernardino County school district allegedly discriminated against gay and lesbian students, including its apparent refusal to allow girls to wear tuxedos to the upcoming prom. In a letter Monday from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the Hesperia Unified School District was notified that it faces legal action. The ACLU typically warns government agencies of impending litigation to give them time to make changes. The letter makes specific allegations against the faculty and administration of Sultana High School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2001 | Religion News Service
Gay and lesbian students at Yeshiva University have the right to sue the Orthodox Jewish university in an effort to live together in school dormitories, New York's highest court ruled. The decision by the Court of Appeals overturns earlier lower court decisions that dismissed the suit, and allows the students to sue under New York City's antidiscrimination law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1991
Kudos to The Times for the coverage of gay and lesbian scholarship funds being developed and awarded across the country (Part A, Feb. 27). I would like to add the name of another prestigious institution to the list of universities that make scholarships available to gay and lesbian students--UCLA. On May 4, Lambda Alumni, UCLA's Lesbian and Gay Alumni Assn., will present its first round of scholarship awards to gay and lesbian students. While the financial burden of attending colleges and universities has increased dramatically for all students, lesbian and gay students often encounter unique difficulties which most current programs and scholarships do not address.
NEWS
May 31, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Gay and lesbian students in the nation's public schools face pervasive discrimination not only from peers but also from teachers, administrators and other school officials who condone the harassment or participate in it, a watchdog group alleged Wednesday. Many of these students live a nightmarish existence at school, where they encounter a barrage of insults, fear for their lives and often spend their days in utter isolation, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2001 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
A proposal designed to make schools more hospitable toward gay and lesbian students is sending sparks flying at the annual convention of the nation's largest teachers union, being held this week in Los Angeles. About 400 protesters, many drawn by appeals on conservative Christian radio, turned out Tuesday to denounce the resolution at a peaceful rally across from the Convention Center, where the National Education Assn. is meeting.
OPINION
October 18, 2010
A spate of suicides by gay teenagers has produced what looks like a united front against anti-gay bullying. But at least one conservative leader sees a sinister homosexual agenda in efforts to combat such bullying by acknowledging and affirming gay students. As The Times recently observed, harassment of gay and lesbian students is part of a larger problem, and therefore, schools should pursue comprehensive anti-bullying efforts. That doesn't mean teachers and administrators shouldn't recognize anti-gay bullying as a distinct issue rooted not only in adolescent cruelty but in cultural condemnations of homosexuality.
OPINION
June 19, 2009
It's high time that schools took anti-bullying measures more seriously. We just never thought that would include requiring fifth-graders to recite the meaning of each letter in LGBT. In attempting to discourage taunting of gay students, the Alameda Unified School District turned what should be a basic lesson on treating others kindly into a primer on sexual identity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2009 | Maura Dolan
After a Lutheran school expelled two 16-year-old girls for having "a bond of intimacy" that was "characteristic of a lesbian relationship," the girls sued, contending the school had violated a state anti-discrimination law. In response to that suit, an appeals court decided this week that the private religious school was not a business and therefore did not have to comply with a state law that prohibits businesses from discriminating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2005 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A 17-year-old lesbian high school student alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that she was unfairly disciplined by Garden Grove school officials for hugging and kissing her girlfriend on campus. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana also alleges that a school principal revealed Charlene Nguon's sexual orientation to her parents, suspended her while allowing similar behavior by heterosexual couples and forced her to transfer to another school. "It was horrible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2001 | Religion News Service
Gay and lesbian students at Yeshiva University have the right to sue the Orthodox Jewish university in an effort to live together in school dormitories, New York's highest court ruled. The decision by the Court of Appeals overturns earlier lower court decisions that dismissed the suit, and allows the students to sue under New York City's antidiscrimination law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2001 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
A proposal designed to make schools more hospitable toward gay and lesbian students is sending sparks flying at the annual convention of the nation's largest teachers union, being held this week in Los Angeles. About 400 protesters, many drawn by appeals on conservative Christian radio, turned out Tuesday to denounce the resolution at a peaceful rally across from the Convention Center, where the National Education Assn. is meeting.
NEWS
May 31, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Gay and lesbian students in the nation's public schools face pervasive discrimination not only from peers but also from teachers, administrators and other school officials who condone the harassment or participate in it, a watchdog group alleged Wednesday. Many of these students live a nightmarish existence at school, where they encounter a barrage of insults, fear for their lives and often spend their days in utter isolation, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1988
A hearty thank you and a rousing salute to Uribe for her work in counseling gay and lesbian students at Fairfax High School, and to the Los Angeles Unified School District for supporting her! It takes high courage to do what she is doing in the face of the mindless, hysterical opposition of some parents and others. The virulent disease of homophobia--the fear, even terror, of homosexuals--still infects our society, threatening the welfare and happiness of thousands of homosexuals, young and old, who, like everybody else, are simply claiming their right to be who they are. Hopefully, we are inching our way toward full and unqualified acceptance by all Americans, largely through the efforts of people like Uribe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1999
Re "Gay Student Rights Bill Generates Fervent Debate, but Fails by 1 Vote," June 5: The failure of Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl's AB 222, which would have banned discrimination against gay and lesbian students, is vivid proof that homophobia still exists even in liberal states like California. When we read about tragic murders like Matthew Shepard's in Wyoming or Billy Jack Gaither's in Alabama, it's easy to think that those things can't happen here: That it's only the South, or the Rockies, or rural areas or the "heartland" where anti-gay discrimination is a problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1999
Re "Gay Student Rights Bill Generates Fervent Debate, but Fails by 1 Vote," June 5: The failure of Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl's AB 222, which would have banned discrimination against gay and lesbian students, is vivid proof that homophobia still exists even in liberal states like California. When we read about tragic murders like Matthew Shepard's in Wyoming or Billy Jack Gaither's in Alabama, it's easy to think that those things can't happen here: That it's only the South, or the Rockies, or rural areas or the "heartland" where anti-gay discrimination is a problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1999
The one thing that all the campus shootings have in common is that the perpetrators have been marginalized students. They've been different--and often ridiculed, teased, harassed and even assaulted by other students. I believe the solution lies in educating students to respect differences. Teaching tolerance of others should be the responsibility of both parents and educators. "Grading Our Schools," a recent report endorsed by the National Education Assn., the American Federation of Teachers and the National Assn.
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