Out with LGBTQ bullying

Dec 10, 2010

Imagine, for a moment, how it feels to be verbally or physically assaulted on a regular basis. In families, it's considered domestic abuse. In workplaces, it's labeled harassment. Both are punishable by law.

At schools, when kids are hurled insults or turned into human punching bags, such verbal and is called .

While incessant ridicule and bodily attacks can be crippling in a young person's journey towards self-realization, school bullying is largely unreported and unpunished. It remains closeted when victims fear further exposure or added reprisals from tormentors.

Systematic cruelty – because of creed, color, weight or sexual orientation – continues when peers or educators turn a blind eye.

Peer harassment also transpires when kids are shunned or ignored at school. And bullying doesn't stop when class is over. The internet age has enabled harassment to merge online, where bullies deride their victims in anonymity.

For teenagers who discover they might be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ), harassment can be a particularly insidious part of the educational process.

That's why Elizabeth Meyer, from the Concordia University Department of Education, authored a book to end teen torment called Gender, Bullying and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools (Teacher's College Press).

The stark circumstance of LGBTQ youth also prompted Dr. Meyer to unite with a group of Concordia students and professors to create a new YouTube video to advocate against school bullying.

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Inspired by the "It Gets Better Project" – a new social movement that aims to give hope to LGBTQ youth – Concordia has become the first Quebec university to record a YouTube stand against queer bullying and the video reinforces the messages contained in Meyer's book.

Concordia, however, tweaked the formula as "Education makes it better." The core message is that by educating teachers and society, by reporting and stopping , everyone can make a difference to end school bullying.

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More information: Elizabeth Meyer's Gender, Bullying and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools store.tcpress.com/0807749532.shtml

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freethinking
1.5 / 5 (17) Dec 10, 2010
More propaganda for gays. This program is just a method to promote the gay life style nothing more. I hate it when progressives use propaganda and lie. Whey don't progressives just speak the truth.

Skeptic_Heretic
4.3 / 5 (11) Dec 10, 2010
More propaganda for gays. This program is just a method to promote the gay life style nothing more. I hate it when progressives use propaganda and lie. Whey don't progressives just speak the truth.
The truth is gay people are often bullied for being gay. Now you're being a bully and picking on one of their organizations that is trying to stop people like you from picking on them.

How ignorant can you be?
freethinking
1.5 / 5 (10) Dec 10, 2010
Yea right, and other kids are bullied for being Christian. Lets have Christian propagandist at school letting the kids know it is ok to be Christian, that it is ok to believe in the Bible, that it is ok to go to church. How about have a book in the library called I go to Church on Sunday, and what about a day of silence for those persecuted and killed for their faith in other countries?

Or how about we just have a straight (no pun intended) anti-bullying program without hidden agendas.
Skeptic_Heretic
3.9 / 5 (7) Dec 10, 2010
Yea right, and other kids are bullied for being Christian. Lets have Christian propagandist at school letting the kids know it is ok to be Christian, that it is ok to believe in the Bible, that it is ok to go to church. How about have a book in the library called I go to Church on Sunday, and what about a day of silence for those persecuted and killed for their faith in other countries?

Or how about we just have a straight (no pun intended) anti-bullying program without hidden agendas.

There's never been a Christian who was bullied in school by an atheist for being christian, ever. Stop imagining things.
freethinking
1 / 5 (7) Dec 10, 2010
Ignornace is your forte SH.
panorama
4.6 / 5 (10) Dec 10, 2010
More propaganda for gays. This program is just a method to promote the gay life style nothing more. I hate it when progressives use propaganda and lie. Whey don't progressives just speak the truth.

Tell that to Matthew Shepard or Scotty Joe Weaver. Oh wait you can't because they were brutally murdered just for being of a certain sexual preference. You bigoted fuck.

http://en.wikiped..._Shepard
http://en.wikiped...e_Weaver
freethinking
1.2 / 5 (6) Dec 10, 2010
People who kill and bully for any reason, will kill and bully for any reason. I'm against bullying for ANY REASON. You and those like you are just agaist bullying for being Gay. Oh wait, being Gay is special. Who is the bigot.

Go research yourself the list of people who weren't gay who killed themselves because of bullying. The list is much longer than you think. Oh but wait, these people weren't gay, so they are not special. Their families don't greave for them like, or as much as a gay persons family would.

I say Stop All Bullying! If you want to promote an agenda, then be honest and say what agenda you want to promote. Progressives quite lying, you don't care about people, only agendas.
freethinking
1 / 5 (3) Dec 10, 2010
Modernmystic
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 10, 2010
Yea right, and other kids are bullied for being Christian. Lets have Christian propagandist at school letting the kids know it is ok to be Christian, that it is ok to believe in the Bible, that it is ok to go to church. How about have a book in the library called I go to Church on Sunday, and what about a day of silence for those persecuted and killed for their faith in other countries?

Or how about we just have a straight (no pun intended) anti-bullying program without hidden agendas.

There's never been a Christian who was bullied in school by an atheist for being christian, ever. Stop imagining things.


Patently false, this in fact has happened to my son. Only according to the account the bully in question wasn't an atheist but an agnostic.

freethinking
1.3 / 5 (6) Dec 10, 2010
If anyone thinks kids are not bullied for being Christians at school, you are an idiot.
If anyone thinks kids are not bullied for being fat at schools, you are an idiot.
If anyone thinks kids are not bullied for being of a different race at school, you are an idiot.
If anyone thinks kids are not bullied for wearing glasses, the wrong jeans, the wrong shirt, you are an idiot.

If you think that most of the anti-bullying programs today are really about anti-bullying and not simply a promotion the gay agenda, you need to educate yourself.

I'm for the stopping of all bullying no matter the reason. My only agenda for no bullying is that I am against bullying. Call me a bigot, but there is no reason for bullying, and no reason to use bullies to promote an agenda.
freethinking
1.2 / 5 (6) Dec 10, 2010
Being a former victim of bullying for just being different, and being a father of kids. I detest bullying of all sorts. I will never stand for anyone being bullied for ANY REASON.

I detest bullying, and I detest even more anyone who want to use bullying just to promote an agenda. These people are even more evil than bullies.
Quantum_Conundrum
2.5 / 5 (4) Dec 10, 2010
There's never been a Christian who was bullied in school by an atheist for being christian, ever. Stop imagining things.


You are one of the biggest liars I have ever encountered.
Mercury_01
1 / 5 (1) Dec 11, 2010
The suicide rate in teens is probably one of the saddest things I can think of. A mind at that age just cant separate bullying from the rest of reality. They haven't developed a sense of self- acceptance or identity and can easily take even the most benign teasing too seriously. Something has to be done to reach out, and if someone has a problem with that, then their no better than the little hitlers out there who bully.

Who cares if this campaign is aimed at gays. Do you want to be the one to clean up after a gay suicide? Think its no big deal? How would you like to be the one who delivers the news to a parent?

Bullies deserve street justice. A good old fashioned beatdown to make them think twice about the pain they cause others. Thats just my opinion.
http://www.break....bat.html
Ethelred
4.2 / 5 (6) Dec 11, 2010
Being a former victim of bullying for just being different, and being a father of kids. I detest bullying of all sorts. I will never stand for anyone being bullied for ANY REASON.
Totally agree.

I detest bullying, and I detest even more anyone who want to use bullying just to promote an agenda. These people are even more evil than bullies.
However that paragraph borders on insanity since no one is doing that. Did you see ANY sign that anyone was for bullying non-gays? No. Sometimes behavior patterns need to be dealt with in detail as well as in general. You seem to be claiming that dealing with details is somehow evil. That just isn't rational.

And sometimes parents think their kid has been bullied when their kid started the bullying and got whipped by the victim. Bullies never got physical with me more than once.

Ethelred
cmorrill321
1 / 5 (2) Dec 11, 2010
More propaganda for gays. This program is just a method to promote the gay life style nothing more. I hate it when progressives use propaganda and lie. Whey don't progressives just speak the truth.


Remember the part where physorg's comment guidelines stated:

"Avoid political and religious discussions: Because of the complexity and ambiguity of this subject matter, political and religious discussions are not allowed."

????

Because I do.

Skeptic_Heretic
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 11, 2010
http://libertarianrock.com/1999/10/schools-ban-on-cross-necklaces-is-christian-bashing/
Dress codes are not bullying, especially when the cross IS a gang symbol in some school districts. Again, you've decided to make things up.
http://www.examiner.com/church-state-in-los-angeles/oc-student-wins-case-against-christian-bashing-teacher
Not bullying, expressing opinion. I don't see him slapping people around for being Christian, he's merely exposing the fact that Christianity deludes history.
http://www.cc.org/blog/left039s_attacks_christianity_accelerates
This one is just laughable.
http://www.christianadc.org/news-and-articles/130-sayid-hussein-was-murdered-on-july-10-2008-by-islamic-extremists-for-converting-from-islam-to-christianity-when-confronted-by-the-two-men-about-whether-he-faced-mecca-when-he-prayed-sayid-answered-no-saying-that-he-did-not-face-a-direction-when-he-pra
Also laughable. There's not one instance of a kid bullying a christian kid here.
Burnerjack
4.8 / 5 (5) Dec 11, 2010
If you want to stop bullying, IMHO, you might try to outlaw it but that won't work. Prosecution is after the fact. Sure, one could argue the deterrent value and that may have some effect.
Seems to me, and I'm no psychologist or any other 'ist,
but have been bullied, one MUST learn to stand and defend one's self. whether through martial arts training or other vehicle. I saw a guy in my high school say he was gay in 1975. NOBODY BUT NOBODY said anything. Why? Simple... He'd beat the living shit out of you. People are more like animals than we admit. Actions against another are weighed against likelyhood of injury.
Burnerjack
5 / 5 (2) Dec 11, 2010
What needs to happen is the truly strong be it adept at physical, emotional or even intellectual confrontation be shown the value of valor in defending those weaker.
This coupled with banding together against bullies to make them unwelcome social outcasts will do more than any law or other artificial imposition.
Ethelred
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 12, 2010
Remember the part where physorg's comment guidelines stated:

"Avoid political and religious discussions: Because of the complexity and ambiguity of this subject matter, political and religious discussions are not allowed."

????

Because I do.
Would you care to take another look at physorg.com as a whole. They don't enforce that in the first place. In the OTHER first place THEY are the ones posting articles GUARANTEED to tick people off on both those subjects.

Like this article for instance.

Join in or don't read the discussions. They do tend get a bit silly after a while and we do have a LOT of cranks. Political, religious, and of course scientific with actual verifiable PhDs. Then we have Zephyr and the Sockpuppets as the Band.

If nothing else you can vastly improve your writing skills. It used to be rather difficult for me to write much. Counting words, hating the elite typewriter I had to use thus requiring more words per page. Now I rail at the 1000 character c

Ethelred
freethinking
1.8 / 5 (5) Dec 12, 2010
A bully is just a loser who is picking on the weaker. Those that use a tragedy to advance an agenda, are despicable. those that use Matthew Shepard death to advance the cause of special gay rights, are worse than the bullies. The murderers of Matthew Shepard should get the death penalty, because Matthew Shepard was a person. His death however is no more tragic than anyones. He is not special because he is gay.

SH - christians are bullied at schools all the time. Haven't you ever heard or used the phrase yourself, you are a goody too shoes. Kids are afraid to say what they believe in class because of teacher harassment, or harasment of fellow students. This is one of the main reason for home schoolers. Or are you saying christians never get bullied? From the way you talk I have no doubt you were/are a bully.

Degogatory words like Bigot, Bastard, come easily to you. You don't think Christians can be bullied or dismiss it if it happens.
Ethelred
4 / 5 (4) Dec 12, 2010
This is one of the main reason for home schoolers.
The MAIN reason for home schooling in the US is to avoid integration. The next is to avoid touching on the real world by fundamentalists. Which is what you are claiming is the main cause. Not wanting your children to have access to actual evidence that YOUR religion is a fantasy. making sure your kid remain ignorant is YOUR problem. It is NOT bullying for people to find ignorance laughable. Beating the crap out of a kid IS bullying.

Kids have to learn to deal with people that use words they don't like. Its part of socializing.

You don't think Christians can be bullied or dismiss it if it happens
I think he is overstating his case. Just as you are. Can't no. Rare yes. Some narrow minded Christians clearly think it is repression to insist on them not forcing their religion on others in public schools. Look at all the screaming for prayer in school. THAT is bullying in the sense you are using much of the time here.

Ethelred
dtxx
5 / 5 (5) Dec 12, 2010
I agree, there is no more hateful, selfish, disgusting bully than god of the bible and those who want to force him on others. Whose belief system is fueling the hatred of gays in this country?
Skeptic_Heretic
3 / 5 (4) Dec 12, 2010
SH - christians are bullied at schools all the time. Haven't you ever heard or used the phrase yourself, you are a goody too shoes.
LOL
Kids are afraid to say what they believe in class because of teacher harassment, or harasment of fellow students.
All kids are made fun of at some time. If being made fun of for being a moron is bullying, then the entire world has been bullied at some point in time.
This is one of the main reason for home schoolers.
Home schooling it to prevent your child from learning things you don't agree with.
From the way you talk I have no doubt you were/are a bully.
I am now, when I was growing up I was bullied, but not often, or for extended periods of time (Most bullies fold when challenged).

Degogatory words like Bigot, Bastard, come easily to you.
Well when they're an apt description...
Bastard was a legal term for a long time.
Bigot is simply a perfect description of you.
Sorry if you don't like it, too bad.
Anonaderp
1.5 / 5 (2) Dec 12, 2010
More propaganda for gays. This program is just a method to promote the gay life style nothing more. I hate it when progressives use propaganda and lie. Whey don't progressives just speak the truth.

I hate when people are pro-transgendered. Disgusting. Physical gender is an innate property of all of us. No excuses and should never be allowed to happen by anyone. Gays don't bother me much though.

james11
1 / 5 (3) Dec 12, 2010
Dont be soft. Of course I am against intense bullying but I consider bullying in many ways to be useful. Many parents do not discipline there children enough or even the right way growing up and they become soft like some of you so bullying can and does give balance and structure. I embraced bullying and used it as fuel like many do. It sucks that some people cant handle it but I believe its vital. Dont know what kind of man I'd be right now if no one ever challenged me, especially physically. This is directed at people saying they are against ANY bullying.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1.2 / 5 (19) Dec 12, 2010
I hate to point this out but gays do a fair amount of bullying themselves. Some who realize that their behavior makes you uncomfortable will go out of their way to flaunt it for you. There was a guy in college who used to grab me on occasion and giggle about it. If it happened now I could get him arrested if I could resist putting him through a wall.

People can be different but they don't have to use it as a weapon for their own personal satisfaction. You know like following you into the shower at the gym?
danlgarmstrong
5 / 5 (3) Dec 13, 2010
I hate when people are pro-transgendered. Disgusting. Physical gender is an innate property of all of us. No excuses and should never be allowed to happen by anyone. Gays don't bother me much though.

Keyword here is hate. Followed by 'should never be allowed to happen'. These are the attitudes that lead to parents sanctioning LBGT bullying by their kids.

Anonaderp: FYI - What you call 'physical gender' is more appropriately termed your Sex . This binary (male/female) is NOT 100% inate to people. There are genetic conditions that arise where sex is actually indeterminate, as well as medical conditions wherein the body or brain does not respond to the hormonal cues that usually cause them to masculinize/feminize correctly.

ALSO, Gender is in your head, and this is also not binary. In some cases a person can have a masculine gender but a female body, and viceversa. Imagine yourself LIVING in the body of the sex opposite to your gender, and have compassion.
Mira_Musiclab
1 / 5 (1) Dec 18, 2010
I hate when people are pro-transgendered. Disgusting. Physical gender is an innate property of all of us.


Hi,
I'm one of those 'disgusting' people you speak of.

So, do you perhaps think, that I'm transgender because I want to get a rise out of people? Think I have some kind of agenda to push?
Maybe you think that I had some latent desire to lose family, friends, and the ability to get decent employment.

You think this is 'fun'??

Obviously, you've cared nothing towards learning and understanding what you care to be so opinionated about....

Indeed if I could, nobody would know one way or the next that I am not biologically female, and regardless, in a non bigoted society, no one would freaking care..

But, sadly there are those out there with your exact mindset, that think it's perfectly okay to kill people such as myself... They think they are doing the world a favor by it..

Enjoy your myopic existence... And leave me to mine, thank you
Dulcimer172
5 / 5 (1) Dec 23, 2010
When a grown man hits someone, he faces criminal charges. When a child does it, we call it bullying.

Well, I don't. I call "bullying & teasing" physical and verbal abuse. It is condoned because "it's just children" or "who knows how it started" or "what are you going to do?".

Children have partially formed personalities. They need to learn what is harmful to others (and what is not).

"bullying & teasing" should NEVER be condoned. Children need to explore themselves as they grow & learn their full identity WITHOUT FEAR.

Counseling adults (some well past 30yo), listening to them cry, I have to wonder how many "normal" adults sob uncontrollably when thinking about their life ?

The "normal" suicide rate is about 0.01%. The Transgender suicide rate (just an example) is somewhere in excess of 25%.

You can help reduce this - or allow people to die.

I AM Transgendered and I urge you to speak up or STFU !