Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-04-15
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Analysis out on Tennessee's Don't Say Gay bill
From a news release
2012-03-13

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


LOS ANGELES — The Williams Institute released analysis and data today that provide important background and context for the ongoing debate on Tennessee House Bill 229 / Senate Bill 49 -- the so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill -- and its potential impact on at-risk youth throughout Tennessee. The Williams Institute is a national think tank and leading research institute at the UCLA School of Law that addresses issues of sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy.

As originally drafted, the "Don't Say Gay" bill would have prohibited Tennessee public school teachers, counselors and officials from discussing or providing information about homosexuality, including in response to student questions in one-on-one counseling. Amendments have been proposed to restrict information instead to biological reproduction, and to allow information about sexual orientation only in specified circumstances. The bill is set for hearing on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 before the House Education Committee. [Note: The research findings, data and analysis below are based on Williams Institute studies.]

This initiative comes at a time when much is known about the experiences of LGBT students and the impacts of an anti-gay environment on their health and well-being.

-- Hostile environments created by bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender nonconformity lead to adverse health effects for LGBT youth. Population-based studies have shown that LGBT youth indicate that they suffer from emotional distress, depression, self harm, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts at greater rates than heterosexual youth.

-- Anti-gay stigma has been shown to be related to increases in violence against LGBT youth and adults, as well as to lower levels of health.

-- Harassment based on sexual orientation and gender nonconformity is widespread with LGBT youth at heightened risk. An estimated 19,000 boys and 12,000 girls in Tennessee between the ages 12-17 may have some same-sex romantic attraction. Many thousands more may be perceived as possibly having a same-sex orientation, or being supportive of those who do, and may be bullied as a result. These estimates are based on findings from a US national study showing that 7.3% of adolescent boys and 5% of adolescent girls indicated some same-sex romantic attraction. These figures were applied to Census 2010 tabulations showing that there were nearly 260,000 boys and 250,000 girls aged 12-17 in Tennessee.

-- Research shows that states and locales that promote LGBT-inclusive school policies help reduce teen suicide, and enhance the health and well-being of LGBT youth. Specifically, schools that provide support services to LGBT students, aimed at increasing sensitivity and awareness by using culturally relevant, inclusive teaching materials, and allowing student support groups (such as gay-straight alliances) are effective in reducing threats and violence against LGBT students, and reducing LGBT students' truancy, injuries at school, and suicide attempts.

-- Laws with negative and discriminatory impact on the LGBT community could have a negative economic impact for business and the state economy. Policies designed to create supportive environment for LGBT people have been shown to yield broad economic benefits. Regions that want to attract innovative and entrepreneurial workforces and businesses do better when they are seen to be welcoming of their LGBT citizens.

References:

Statement of Ilan H. Meyer before the United States Commission on Civil Rights briefing on peer-to-peer violence and bullying: Examining the federal response, May 13, 2011. Available at: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8696742/Meyer%20Statement%20USCCR.pdf.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Peer-To-Peer Violence and Bullying: Examining the Federal Response (September 2011), available at http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/2011statutory.pdf.

About the Williams Institute

The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy advances law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, and disseminates its work through a variety of education programs and media to judges, legislators, lawyers, other policy makers, and the public. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high quality research with real-world relevance.

For more information go to: williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/ .


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

HRC shares lesson from Indiana with state lawmakers across nation 2015-04-16
ACLU lunch to honor IL House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie 2015-04-16
Freedom Indiana to work for local nondiscrimination LGBT protections 2015-04-15
Bennett honored; Chairs named; Roosevelt pres named, Hall of Fame benefit 2015-04-15
Upcoming: Advocacy Day; MPSA; Bon Foster 2015-04-15
ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Day of Silence 2015-04-14
-- World news: Tel Aviv conference; Sarkozy controversy 2015-04-14
Nat'l roundup: Obama's order; LPAC backs Hillary; Repub. guv's stand 2015-04-14
Report and web forums detail lives of African-American girls 2015-04-14
Lesbian political action committee endorses Clinton 2015-04-13
Poll: Pence, Indiana business hurt by "Religious Liberty" fight 2015-04-13
Florida eye clinic to pay $150,000 in trans/sex discrimination case 2015-04-13
National Politics Panel with LGBT leaders at historic Congress Hall, Philadelphia 2015-04-13
2016 campaign will be dynamic on LGBT issues 2015-04-13
Emanuel scores big wins along North Lakefront 2015-04-13
HIV/AIDS advocates ready for budget fight 2015-04-12
Southern Poverty Law Center statement on Ashley Diamond case 2015-04-10
Obama comes out against LGBT 'conversion therapy' 2015-04-08
Openly gay Chicagoan promoted to law firm partner 2015-04-08
Springfield, MO, repeals nondiscrimination ordinance protecting LGBTQs 2015-04-08
Cities and states issue Indiana travel bans 2015-04-08
Religious bills revised; rally during hearing; LGBTQs in survey; sperm case 2015-04-08
AFC hosts first-ever virtual advocacy day 2015-04-08
Politics: Rauner files writs of special election; forum to look at Rauner budget 2015-04-08
Other races: Upsets dot the contests 2015-04-07
Rahm wins big, City Council now 10% gay 2015-04-07
Chicago Mayor Emanuel wins second term 2015-04-07
Andrew Sullivan talks marriage, Indiana at Elmhurst lecture 2015-04-07
Upcoming events: Protest, nonprofits and social 2015-04-07
National: Jeb Bush; Dan Savage; White House trans briefing 2015-04-07
World: Clare Balding; Cambodian study; adoption in Ireland 2015-04-07
GLSEN statement on 'Every Child Achieves Act of 2015' 2015-04-07
Center hosts #BornPerfect rally to ban conversion therapy in IL 2015-04-07
LGBTs and allies march through Indy to Final Four 2015-04-06
Yanez prepares for 15th Ward runoff 2015-04-05
15th Ward Committeeman aims at runoff victory 2015-04-03
Georgia RFRA dies in face of national backlash 2015-04-03
Arkansas bill signed by Governor falls short for LGBTs 2015-04-02
Indiana-style bill passed by Florida House Committee 2015-04-02
70+ tech leaders join unprecedented call to legislators 2015-04-02
 



Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.