Subject: strictly fyi: study of teens with lesbian moms, poster contest, books
From: "Reis, Beth" <>
Date: 3/20/2012 5:59 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:
(1) Half of Teens with Lesbian Mothers Face Stigmatization, Most Often During School
(2) Northwest Network GSA Poster Project Due: Friday April 6, 2012
(3) BOOKS: The Right to Be Out and Youth in Crisis

(1) Half of Teens with Lesbian Mothers Face Stigmatization, Most Often During School
Nearly two-thirds have effective coping skills
Fifty percent of 17-year-olds who grew up in lesbian-headed families in the United States have experienced stigmatization, but were able to cope, according to a new study published in Children and Youth Services Review. A key part of the study reveals that the overall rates of teasing experienced in lesbian-mother families do not differ from those reported in heterosexual families, which is consistent with previous research in this area.
The results further revealed that teens’ peers were most often the source of negative comments, teasing or ridicule. Thirty percent of reported incidents occurred in elementary school and 39 percent occurred in high school.
“The findings suggest that educational systems could play an important role in preventing stigma incidents by discouraging homophobia in their anti-bullying programs,” said lead author Loes van Gelderen, MSc, University of Amsterdam.
Click here for the full study.
For more information about the NLLFS, visit
(2) Northwest Network GSA Poster Project Due: Friday April 6, 2012
CALLING ALL SEATTLE AREA Gay-Straight Alliances!
Win $400 for your school's GSA by developing a poster that promotes loving and positive relationships and strategies to prevent abuse. 
The winning poster will be printedand receive $400 for your GSA. Two runners-up will receive $200 for your GSA. All eligible entries will be included on the facebook page.

Questions to consider: how does violence affect LGBTQ community? what are some strategies to heal from violence? how can individuals/society support LGBTQ folks to have healthy and loving relationships?
Deadline: email submissions to by 5pm, Friday, April 6th, 2012 or mail submissions postmarked by Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Northwest Network c/o Vijou
P.O. Box 18436
Seattle, WA 98118
(3) BOOKS: The Right to Be Out and Youth in Crisis
The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America's Public Schools by Stuart Biegel
In a book made especially timely by the recent suicides of several students who were gay (or perceived as gay), Beigel (law and education & information studies, UCLA) examines the problem of homophobia in US public schools. In clear and accessible language, the author examines the legal underpinnings of the right of gay students and teachers to be treated with dignity, and looks at school districts that have successfully implemented policies to protect that right in an educational context.
Youth in crisis : what everyone should know about growing up gay by Mitchell Gold.
What is it like to be called an abomination by your religious leaders? To live in fear of losing your family's love? To be afraid to go to school because of the torment that awaits you? To lie to everyone about whom you love? In Youth in Crisis, Mitchell Gold and Mindy Drucker asked forty LGBT Americans--from celebrities to youth-- to share their very personal answers to these difficult questions. Many discuss their long-buried feelings here for the first time.
We recommend that you order from the publisher:
or patronize your local bookseller. We are partial to the folks who made a donation to Safe Schools Coalition a couple of years ago, The Elliott Bay Book Company. Store Hours: Monday Thursday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday Saturday 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Phone (206) 624-6600, Toll Free 1-800-962-5311, Fax (206) 903-1601; Address: 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122; Email: . They do mail orders. The Elliott Bay Book Company offers a teacher/school/librarian discount with valid school, educators' union or other school-type identification. In order to receive this discount, you must either come into the store with I.D. or if it's a mail order processed over the phone, the books must be mailed to your school or library. (No discounts available over the website). 
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