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LGBT bullying Knows No Bounds on American Campus’

December 7, 2010
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[University of Rhode Island students] Kevin Cruz and Justin Willner walk along holding hands. One of them also joins hands with a young woman, Riley Davis. Brian Stack, the president of URI’s undergraduate Gay-Straight Alliance, walks along with the other three…

A car drives by with the occupants shouting, “Faggots!”

Lesbian or gay students at URI do not take their physical safety for granted.

Of the summertime incident, Andrew Winters, point man on gender issues for the URI administration, says, “These kinds of thing happen all the time.”…

A 2009 survey of public high school students by the Rhode Island Departments of Health and Elementary and Secondary Education indicated that about 9 percent, or nearly 1 in 10, identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning.

Almost 8 out of 10 in those categories had been bullied, according to a separate Education Department survey during the 2009-2010 academic year.

via For gay and lesbian students, bullying knows no bounds | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal.

Whether or not bullying is now at an all-time high or whether visibility into bullying is at an all time high the end result continues to be the same.  According to the Southern Poverty Law Center LGBT are the single most targeted minority group for violent hate crimes.  The school bullies today are the perpetrators of hate crimes tomorrow.  Our primary, secondary and terciary school systems need the resources and the will to educate the current generation on tolerance and acceptance.  Only then can we break the cycle of disfunctional parenting which has led to another generation of bullies and abusers.

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