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LGBT Morning Mix: Lady Gaga Vows Action Over Bullying Deaths

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Jamey’s death came nearly a full year since a rash of anti-LGBT bullying related suicides gripped the U.S. and drew international intention.

In fact this week marks the anniversary of Tyler Clementi’s suicide, an 18-year-old Rutgers freshman who took his own life after his roommate allegedly broadcast over the Internet Clementi’s private encounter with another man. This case is now a criminal trial.

A year on, Tyler’s death still echoes in how we talk about combating bullying.

Since last year’s events, Rutgers itself  has striven to better help its LGBT students such as through student matching programs so that kids can, if they would like, be housed with other LGBT kids. You can read more on that here.

Those interested can also click here to read an interview with the man that found Tyler Clementi’s body in the Hudson river last year, and how he believes we must ensure that LGBT kids — and all kids that are bullied — know that they matter. That this is imperative to stopping bullying.

The anniversary of Tyler Clementi’s death has also sparked a new campaign called “Bullying is Violence” which you can learn more about here.

In other news Tammy Aaberg, the mother of Anoka-Hennepin teen suicide victim Justin Aaberg who also took his life last year following bullying related to his sexual orientation, recently delivered over 13,000 petition signatures calling on Michele Bachmann to pay attention to a rash of teen suicides in the Minnesota school district — the district is under federal investigation and is the subject of a law suit over a failure to combat bullying and in particular anti-LGBT bullying.

Despite this, Michele Bachmann recently refused to answer questions on the subject saying bullying is not a “federal issue.”

Don’t Suffer in Silence, Get Help

The Trevor Project runs a 24/7 helpline with trained counselors ready to listen if you or someone you know would like to talk about the issues dealt with in this post.

The Trevor Project Helpline number is 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386).

Trevor Project Links:

IMPORTANT: If you live outside America and require information on services in your country the International Association for Suicide Prevention carries information for crisis centers from across the globe. Please click here for those resources.

Related Reading:

Supporters Dance for the Trevor Project (VIDEO)

Kristin Chenoweth: Being Gay is Not A Sin. Period.

Anti-Bullying “Seth’s Law” Passes California Senate

 

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11:11PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

As an openly gay female teacher in Canada it sickens me whenever any teen takes their own life for being who they are. Bullies need to be thrown in jail and subjected to the same treatment they have dolled out. Lady Gaga should be made an ambassador of the UN for her stance on human rights and equality for all. Oh wait, the right wingers around the world who have a myopic view on life and rights for the few will probably want to have her assasinated. But that's okay because it's just one less human fighting for equal rights for all.

9:31PM PST on Jan 1, 2012

Bullying should be made illiegal. Good on Lady Gaga for taking action on this.

3:36PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Lady Gaga is a beautiful and inspiring lady. I just have to ask, what hasn't action been taken sooner? Do officials not care about people? It seems not.

9:01AM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Good on Gaga. I think she is inspirational and I love her passion and that she will fight for what she believes in. I really hope she makes a difference. I think she is attempting something extremely difficult if not impossible but I applaud her and I'm rooting for her success.

As for It Gets Better, I really support it, it won't save them all but maybe it will save some if not most, I think it's great that there's a whole universal movement to make gay teens feel less alone, and less afraid.

6:23PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Why isn't bullying already illegal? Schools must like dead kids, they do nothing about bullying!! And neither do higher courts!

8:42AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

I applaud anyone involved in the It Gets Better initiative. These particular victims of bullying are already troubled souls who need to know how much support is out there for them. So, it is vital that celebrities and professional athletes use their high-profile status to spread this message far and wide. Many thanks to Lady Gaga, the LA Dodgers and the many others whose message will undoubtedly save another precious life.

8:35AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

I applaud anyone involved in the It Gets Better initiative. These particular victims of bullying are already troubled souls who need to know how much support is out there for them. So, it is vital that celebrities and professional athletes use their high-profile status to spread this message far and wide. Many thanks to Lady Gaga, the LA Dodgers and the many others whose message will undoubtedly save another precious life.

7:32PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

I Never expected to say this but I think Lady Gaga is great! Her support of LGBTs and anti-bullying campaign are INSPIRING and must mean the WORLD to people being bullied.

10:36AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

So sad. I think Bullying should be a crime as well. Too many people are dying because of this :(

10:43PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

This is so heartbreaking. I don't even know what to say. When will this stop?

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