Study links bullying, poor health
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Critical new research has found that LGBT youth who experience high levels of school victimization in middle and high school report impaired health and mental health in young adulthood, including depression, suicide attempts that require medical care, sexually transmitted diseases and risk for HIV. This is the first known study to examine the relationship between school victimization during adolescence — specifically related to sexual orientation and gender identity — with multiple dimensions of young adult health and adjustment. The study demonstrates the importance of addressing and preventing anti-LGBT victimization at the structural or school level to reduce health disparities among LGBT young people. The study, based on data from the Family Acceptance Project’s young adult survey of 245 LGBT young adults ages 21 to 25, is published in the Journal of School Health and the Journal of the American School Health Association.
DOJ files to dismiss pay suit
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Mexico that seeks full separation pay for service members who were honorably discharged but had their separation pay cut in half because of “homosexuality.” In the past six years, 142 honorably discharged veterans had their separation pay cut in half because of the discriminatory policy. The total amount of separation pay withheld from those veterans is approximately $2.1 million. In its response, the DOJ states that the half-separation pay policy applies not only to those who engage in “Homosexual Conduct,” but also those discharged from the military for drug and alcohol abuse or being deemed a national security risk.
NBA stars fight anti-gay speech
NEW YORK, N.Y. — GLSEN, the Ad Council and the NBA have joined for a series of public service advertisements featuring Phoenix Suns stars Grant Hill and Jared Dudley designed to address the use of anti-gay language among teens. The campaign includes new television, radio, print and web ads. The TV spot debuted this month during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the most viewed NBA game in cable history. The PSA will air throughout the NBA Conference Finals on ABC, TNT, and ESPN. The spot is an extension of the award-winning Think Before You Speak campaign and GLSEN’s “Changing the Game” initiative. View the PSA online at youtube.com/watch?v=cqv77DU-YBU.
First out senator possible
WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to the web digest Gay Politics Report, Herb Kohl’s recent announcement that he will not seek another term as a U.S. senator from Wisconsin has raised the possibility that Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) will run for the open seat, something sources close to Baldwin say is “very likely.” An out lesbian now serving her seventh term in the U.S. House, Baldwin would become the first openly LGBT senator in U.S. history. “This would be a remarkable milestone for LGBT Americans,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, adding that a Baldwin candidacy for the Senate would become a top priority for the organization.