From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
In recent years, much attention and funding has been put toward anti-bullying programs in school districts throughout the area. As a result, some school officials have reported an increased awareness and a reduction in bullying behavior among students. But one group is not benefiting from that effort: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, who still face harassment in the hallways. To address the issue, the Persad Center; the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network; and the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will co-host a Safe Schools summit Jan. 16. The summit will raise the issue of bullying targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students in Pittsburgh schools. “We want to raise awareness because there is a gap between anti-bullying efforts and this group of kids,” said Betty Hill, executive director of the Persad Center.
The summit is the first step in what is expected to be a two-year effort aimed at curbing bullying of gay youth locally. The effort will be hinged on research by two Duquesne University professors, Laura Crothers and Jered Kolbert.
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