Subject: strictly fyi: self-harm posts on social media, photojournalism project, online course
From: "Reis, Beth" <>
Date: 5/24/2012 5:05 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:


(1) Instagram follows Tumblr, Pinterest; bans self-harm posts

(2) We Are the Youth photographic journalism project – use it as a teaching tool, contribute your own story if you are a youth

(3) online course on LGBT social science, public policy, and law




(1) Instagram follows Tumblr, Pinterest; bans self-harm posts


The online photo-sharing service Instagram is banning images and accounts that condone suicide and self-harming behavior such as cutting. In a blog post announcing the new policy, the company said, “Going forward, we won’t allow accounts, images, or hashtags dedicated to glorifying, promoting or encouraging self-harm…It is important to note that this guideline does not extend to accounts created to constructively discuss or document personal experiences that show any form of self-harm where the intention is recovery or open discussion.” Content sharing service Pinterest and blog posting platform Tumblr have also recently updated their policies to prohibit this type of content.


To read more about this decision, visit:




(2) We Are the Youth photographic journalism project – use it as a teaching tool, contribute your own story if you are a youth


We Are the Youth is a photographic journalism project chronicling the individual stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in the United States. Through photographic portraits and “as told to” interviews in the participants’ own voices, We Are the Youth captures the incredible diversity and uniqueness among the LGBT youth population. We Are the Youth addresses the lack of visibility of LGBT young people by providing a space to share stories in an honest and respectful way. While the profiles on the website currently feature youth from the Northeast and the South, as the project expands, We Are the Youth aims to be even more geographically diverse.


See it, and conotribute, here:




(3) online course on LGBT social science, public policy, and law


Dr. Lee Badgett will be teaching an online course on LGBT social science, public policy, and law this summer for graduate credit based out of the University of Massachusetts. It is the first of its kind.


Session: July 11- August 14, 2012 (CPE Summer Session 3)


Empirical claims about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have played a key role in many major legal and policy decisions in the U.S. and other countries.  This course will explore research from economics, psychology, political science, public health, and sociology that relates to employment discrimination against LGBT people, LGBT parenting, the legal recognition of same-sex couples, and the process of social and policy change.  We will also compare countries’ approaches to public policy and to collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Research and policies studied will come from a variety of countries, including Canada, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Norway, the U.K., and the U.S. Advanced undergraduates may take the course with the instructor's permission.


The course instructor is Prof. M. V. Lee Badgett, professor of economics and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also the research director of the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA. Her most recent book, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage (NYU Press, 2009), focuses on the U.S. and European experiences with marriage equality for same-sex couples.  Prof. Badgett has testified on her work before Congress and many state legislatures, and she was an expert witness in California’s Prop 8 trial.

The course is designed for those who want to learn about cutting edge research and how it’s used in the policy world, particularly for several groups:

--Public policy students who want a specialized course in LGBT policy

--Advocates and activists who want access to the latest research and knowledge about how to use it

--Social science scholars and graduate students who want to see how research can affect public policy

--Lawyers and law students who want to understand the basics of social science research in this field

--Advanced undergraduates with backgrounds in the social sciences who are thinking about grad school related to law or public policy




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