Respect For All News RoundupFriday 17, April 2009
By Brittney Shepherd, Staff Producer | Straightlaced
News from around the world that directly connects to the issues GroundSpark works on in our Respect for All Project!
Friday, April 17th 2009 is GLSEN’s “Day of Silence”
The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Each year the event has grown, now with hundreds of thousands of students coming together to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior.
For more information on the Day of Silence and how it relates to GroundSpark’s work, please see our latest article on the Huffington Post.
Anti-bullying bill passes in state Senate
The state Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill expanding anti-bullying policies in Minnesota schools to include language to prevent bullying based on sexual orientation.
ACLU demands schools stop blocking gay web sites
The American Civil Liberties Union said today it is demanding that 107 of Tennessee’s public school systems – including Knox County and Metro Nashville – stop “illegally preventing students from accessing online
information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.”
Leaders in Sierra Leone Sign Female Genital Mutilation Agreement
An agreement stating that girls under 18 will not undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sierra Leone was recently signed by village chiefs and other community leaders, including women who perform FGM. The agreement affects the Kambia district, which is in the northernwestern part of the country.