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Local attitudes in Oregon shape risk of suicide attempts among lesbian, gay youths, study shows

You can go ahead and mark this in the “duh” category but a new study, conducted in Oregon, suggests that gay youth are more likely to attempt suicide in homophobic environments.

The study, in the journal Pediatrics, scored the social environment in 34 Oregon counties using five criteria, including the share of schools with anti-bullying programs and anti-discrimnation policies that cover sexual orientation. The findings suggest that expanding these programs […]

Outing schools that block gay websites

In the early days of internet at my high school Net Nanny programs handily blocked many of my tame searches for the likes of “gay pharoah” or “breast cancer” (yes, breast was blocked in the 90s). Not someone who regularly works with teenagers I don’t really know how restrictive today’s internet is in secondary schools. But one thing is becoming fairly clear, not all access is created equal.

The American […]

Lesbians and other teens less likely to attend college according to new study

"Fitting In, Standing Out: Navigating the Social Challenges of High School to Get an Education"

A new study out of the University of Texas at Austin has just released a study announcing that teens who “don’t fit in” are less likely to attend college. That made me somewhat of a “duh” conclusion, but what might be even more interesting that that two groups who are at particular risk […]

Gay high school athletes share their experiences

Openly gay athletes are few and far between, especially in the highest levels of competition. Thanks to small-mindedness and discrimination, we queer folks have been systematically discouraged from participating in athletics. The number of openly gay professional athletes in America can literally be counted on one hand.

Three Pacifc Northwest teenagers are looking to change the queer-athletic landscape by launching a blog devoted to discussing their lives as gay high […]

Most heated queer issues on the national stage of 2010

"It Gets Better" project founder Dan Savage (R) with husband Terry

A roller coaster of emotions swept gay America this year. Here’s a snapshot.

5 – University of Michigan’s Student Body President Stalked and Harassed by State’s Assistant Attorney General

When MI Attorney General Andrew Shirvell began harassing UMich Student Body President Christ Armstrong people started to notice, mostly prominently among them CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who interviewed Shirvell on […]

Rachel Maddow’s highschool yearbook picture is so _________!

Lesbian TV star Rachel Maddow's highschool yearbook picture

Lesbian TV star Rachel Maddow's highschool yearbook picture

Fill in the blank! This photo is so adorable. I guess we were all femme once. Forgive us for posting this, Rachel! (I don’t mind posting a pic of me in a dress to make it up to you…) I think it is empowering to know that she has struggled with her gender presentation just like we all have. Kudos to […]