LGBT youth

Family announces foundation to combat bullying in wake of Jadin Bell’s death

LA GRANDE, Ore. — Speaking before a crowd of about 200 people Wednesday, the father of an Oregon teen who died Sunday after he hanged himself two weeks earlier, said that he loved his gay son, and accepted him for who he was.

“I think we need more of that,” said Joe Bell, whose 15-year-old son, Jadin, had been bullied before trying to take his life.

Bullied gay teen who hanged himself, dies after clinging to life for 16 days

LA GRANDE, Ore. — Jadin Bell, a 15-year-old gay teen who hanged himself two weeks ago after complaining of bullying, died Sunday afternoon at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on Portland.

Jadin was taken off life support more than a week ago after tests showed no brain activity.

Rutgers University names new student center for Tyler Clementi

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Rutgers University has announced it has named a new student named for Tyler Clementi, a gay student who jumped to his death in 2010 after his roommate used a webcam to record Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man.

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COMMENTARY: Jadin Bell, the lynching of a butterfly and the modern mob

(Editor's note: Rob Watson is Director of Partners and Alliances Communication for Hitachi Data Systems and blogs on evoL = . He has served as the president of the board of directors for Santa Cruz AIDS project and is a dedicated activist for the LGBT community. He was a foster care parent and became the adoptive parent of his two sons. They reside in Northern California. His commentaries appear regularly on LGBTQ Nation, a media partner with SDGLN.)

Parents: School "mishandled" situation that led to their son's suicide

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah -- The parents of 14-year-old David Phan, an openly gay student who shot and killed himself in front of horrified classmates on November 29, are speaking out and accusing school officials of "mishandling" the situation that led to their son's death.

Phan, an eighth grader, had been suspended from Bennion Junior High in this southern Salt Lake City suburb, for bringing a condom to school, according to his parents.

Parents say anti-gay bullying is to blame for son's suicide

FENTON, Mich. -- The parents of a Michigan high school student who took his own life last week believe anti-gay bullying is to blame.

Josh Pacheco, 17, committed suicide on Nov. 27. His mother, Lynnette Capehart, said that Josh was gay, which led to him being bullied both inside and outside of school, reported MLive.

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COMMENTARY: Why we need more LGBT racial minority role models

(This story originally appeared HERE in SDGLN media partner HuffPost Gay Voices.)

SDSU to host the Big Gay BBQ

SAN DIEGO -- As a Halloween treat, San Diego State University's (SDSU) LGBT Student Union (LGBTSU) will host the twice yearly Big Gay BBQ, today from 5-11 pm.

Since this semester's event falls on Halloween, the event will have a Halloween theme and include a costume contest with prizes. There will also be a resource fair, free food and drinks, a marriage photo booth, open mic and dance party.

Two teens arrested in "robbery, homicide" of openly gay student

CHICAGO -- Two teens have been arrested in the murder of an openly gay high school senior in what police are ruling a “robbery-turned-fatal-shooting," while the victim's family are calling it an anti-gay hate

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LGBT youth who are out are happier, but still face serious obstacles

Growing up gay is not easy, for any generation.

Baby boomers and their LGBT elders, for example, lived at a time when information about LGBT issues was almost non-existent and when there were no role models on television or in popular culture. Many of them grew up not knowing another gay person in their school or community … until they moved to the big city and found a welcoming community in bars like the Stonewall Inn in New York City or The Club in San Diego.