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School allegedly told teachers to ignore students’ preferred pronouns

A public school in Arizona allegedly told teachers to ignore the preferred pronouns of students and prevented students from forming an LGBT+ club or speaking about gender identity on school grounds. Norterra Canyon is a public elementary and middle school in north Phoenix, governed by the Deer Valley Unified School District, which teaches children between the ages of five and 14. Allegations that the school is a harmful environment for LGBT+ children have centred around the actions of Norterra Canyon principal Tish Mineer. At the time of publication, three parents...
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Gay high school teen who punched his bully in viral video says breaking point came after ‘years and years’ of build up

A gay high school student who went viral this week when he was recorded punching a homophobic bully has said the incident occurred after “years and years” of build-up. Jordan Steffy appeared on the Tamron Hall Show where he and his mother broke down in tears when speaking about the homophobic bullying he has endured. He revealed that he shared a class with the bully but had never even spoken to him before their dramatic altercation last week. Bullied gay teenager Jordan Steffy didn’t even know the bully’s name before...
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Catholic high school threatened to out gay student to her parents if she didn’t go to counselling

A gay teenager at a Catholic high school was left “anxious” and “afraid” after she was forced by the school to attend counselling under the threat of being outed by her teachers. Magali Rodriguez attended Bishop Amat Memorial High School, the biggest Catholic high school in Los Angeles, and she and her girlfriend were the only openly LGBT+ couple among 1,300 students. She told Buzzfeed that although she knew that Catholic teachings often forbid same-sex relationships, she had checked in the student handbook that it was not against the rules...
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Teen’s Catholic HS Forced Her into Counseling for Being Gay, Threatened to Out Her to Parents

Bishop Amat Memorial High School / Google Bishop Amat Memorial High School, Los Angeles’ largest Catholic high school, forced then senior Magali Rodriguez into counseling for being gay and threatened to out her to her parents if she refused. Buzzfeed News reports: “She said she was forced into disciplinary meetings and counseling, barred from sitting next to her girlfriend at lunch, and kept under close eye by staff members. If she didn’t follow these rules — which didn’t apply to straight students in relationships — school officials threatened to out...
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