|Subject: strictly fyi: press releases, blogs & opinion columns|
|From: Julie Parmenter <email@example.com>|
|Date: 3/1/2012 6:00 AM|
Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:
PRESS RELEASES, BLOGS & OPINION COLUMNS
(1). Lady Gaga unveils Born This Way Foundation .
(2). Sexual orientation is #1 reason that youth run away from home.
(3). White House To Hold Conference On Homelessness Among Gay Youth.
(4). University of British Columbia study to evaluate success of anti-homophobia program.
1). The culture of love is not going to change overnight but youth are the answer to creating a braver, kinder world, said Lady Gaga. This might be one of the best days of my life. Lady Gaga unveiled her Born This Way Foundation at Harvard University. BTWF will address issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy. BTWF will create an environment that allows youth to safely express their individuality and one that provides them with the skills needed to encourage self-expression and promote civic engagement, and the resources and opportunities needed to implement solutions whether it be online, on-the-road, or down the street. With a focus on digital mobilization to create positive change, BTWF will lead youth into a braver new society where each individual is accepted and loved as the person they were born to be. Read more here
2). The National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) recently released a longitudinal study characterizing runaway youth and describing the long-term effects of running away. The highest run away rate was reported by bisexuals at 21.7%–almost 3 times higher than the rate for heterosexuals. Individuals who described themselves as 100% heterosexual had the lowest run away rate at 7.6%. See the rest of the story
3). The Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit, Michigan will the conference which will provide advocates, community leaders, and members of the public an opportunity to engage with the Obama Administration on housing and homelessness issues that impact LGBT Americans, including the youth served by the Ruth Ellis Center. More here
4). A new University of British Columbia study is examining how effective school and community programs are at reducing homophobic bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight youth. The five-year study is being led by Professor Elizabeth Saewyc, with $2 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).Schools and communities are using a lot of different strategies to try to change this, but very few of these strategies have been evaluated, to see not only if they work, and how well they work, but why they work, Saewyc says. Read more here.
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