Protecting LGBT Youth on Human Rights Day

December 10, 2011 By Shaun Osburn

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Light was shed on the effects of bullying on our youth when coverage of lives lost hit television, radio and the internet last summer. More recently we have seen and been touched by the emotional video created and uploaded by Jonah Mowry four months ago. While bullying certainly isn’t a new phenomenon in schools or among youth, the average age LGBT young people are coming out is now 16, making them a target for homophobic bullying in the middle of their high school careers.

“It affects young people all the way through to adulthood, causing enormous and unnecessary suffering. Bullied children may become depressed and drop out of school. Some are even driven to suicide.” United Nations Secretary-Genera in a statement issued thursday, just two days before Human Rights Day.

Jonah Mowry’s fear of starting another school year, faced with an environment of bullying and no support, is why protecting laws like the FAIR Education Act and Seth’s Law is so important. Jonah persevered and made it to the other side, but many young people are still struggling and need our help.

Opponents of equality have initiated a total of five ballot attacks on the FAIR Education Act for 2012. If successful, California schools will become a breeding ground for extremism–the kind that can make life really tough for LGBT youth like Jonah and so many others.

LGBT youth have a human right to safety, dignity, respect and the ability to learn and grow in an environment free from fear and we’re calling on call Californians to help us make that right a reality.

To learn more about defending the FAIR Education Act visit: www.faireducationaction.com

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