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Community Forum to Address Bullying of LGBT Youth

by ARLnow.com March 2, 2012 at 9:35 am 2,765 24 Comments

How can students and teachers help reduce the bullying of LGBT youth in our schools? That’s the subject of a public forum to be held in Arlington next weekend.

The Northern Virginia chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is inviting all interested parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders, residents and youth to discuss “what can be done to make schools safer for all students.” The forum is being held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Unitarian Church of Arlington (4444 Arlington Blvd).

David Aponte, chair of the GLSEN chapter that’s organizing the forum, says that even in Arlington, bullying of LGBT students is a problem.

“We hear about it all the time,” Aponte said. “Luckily, here we haven’t had any cases… of school violence or anything like that, but we do definitely know there’s verbal bullying of LGBT students on a regular basis.”

Aponte says his organization tries to “give students the leadership abilities they need and the tools and resources they need so they can go back to their schools and make them safer.” The forum will also seek to engage teachers and figure out things they can do “to work with students to make things better.”

GLSEN is asking interested attendees to pre-register for the event.

  • JimPB

    Bullying is not limited to LGBT youth.

    • jackson


      • brian

        bullying happens more to skinny and fat kids.

        where is their protection?

        • jackson
        • The difference is that skinny and fat kids can usually find safe haven from being constantly bullied at home and church. If only the LGBT kids had that same luxury. For these kids the bullying usually continues at home, mostly because of church, you know, in the name of “family values.”

          • Brian

            “Usually” but not always. LGBT kids can also sometimes find support at home.

          • AllenB

            But most of the time, they are afraid to even mention the reason for the bullying to their parents.

    • Haupt

      I know, right!?! I am shcoked that the Northern Virginia chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network would be so bold as to narrowly focus on LGBT bullying.

    • Brian

      I totally agree with you. This push from LGBTs (while great on its own) makes it seem like only gays get bullied, so those who aren’t gay don’t get as much help. I wish they were more inclusive of all bullying.

      • SoMuchForSubtlety

        This “LGBT’s get special treatment over every other beleaguered gorup” is such fallacious reasoning. The fact is that LGBT is the one category where many people still feel its perfectly acceptable to discrimnate. There is also a group that thinks its a good idea to actively promote intolerance, bullying and discrimination against the LGBT community. So this is quite rightfully needed.

        • AllenB

          Thank you.

  • JoshInBallston

    The LGBT movement would be so much more successful if they dropped the “T”. The country is accepting homosexuality because people realize it’s not something most people choose but are born with.

    Trannies though….whole different story. We won’t get there until NBC makes a show “Dharma and Greg->Meg”.

    • Maria

      Intentional irony?

      • Not your bro

        I doubt it, this is the same dude who complained because comments were banned from the story about the attempted suicide from an electrical pole the other day.

    • Roadrunner

      So, you’re OK with trans kids getting bullied. Who else is on your “OK to bully” list?

      • JoshInBallston

        I’m not OK with anyone getting bullied. My comment was on the LGBT movement as a whole (which I support). The #1 reason cited in polling why people are coming to accept gays and lesbians is that they know one personally. A much smaller percentage know a tranny. If this movement is going to get further support among boomers (which it needs), it should drop the T advocacy.

        And yes, we should be allowed to comment on Mussonlini-style suicide attempts on public streets. Especially if it took place on Gallow Rd.

  • LuvDusty

    It’s 2012 people—I think it’s time to stop the bullying across the board, and just like it’s not ok to attack someone for their race or gender, looks, weight or national origin, it’s also not ok to attack them for being LGBT.

    I’m glad GLSEN is stepping up and protecting the rights of LGBT youth. At least they have some place to turn.

    Anyone who can’t see that, needs to get real and grow up.

  • replytothat

    what if you are a youth, aren’t GLBorT but are bullied because people think you are actually GLBorT. Where do you find support for that

    • SoMuchForSubtlety

      LGBT antidicrminitation laws generally also prtoect people from being discriminated against because they are perceived to be LGBT. So the answer is from the same place.

    • Max

      You can find support from LGBT groups. They are prepared to handle this even if you are straight.

  • MB

    At least this thread does a decent job of illustrating why this forum could be helpful.

    • Jessie


  • What about bullying of non-LGBT youth? All forms of bullying should be stopped.

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