Pittsburgh summit will address bullying targeted at LGBTQ students

Bullying VictimFrom 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.

Read the full article on the Post-Gazette online.

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