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MI Group Wants Action on Bullies

October 26, 2010

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan-based Great Lakes Center for Educational Research and Practice has released a report on how lawmakers can make schools safer for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pupils, and recent high-profile comments from people like Hillary Rodham Clinton are helping. So far, nearly a half-million people have watched a YouTube video where the Secretary of State addresses young people who are being bullied because of their sexual orientation.

She says recent suicides are a wakeup call.

"These most recent deaths are a reminder that all Americans have to work harder to overcome bigotry and hatred."

In her YouTube video, Clinton urged people to continue the fight for equality.

"Just think of the progress made by women just during my lifetime, or ethnic, racial, and religious minorities over the course of our history."

The Great Lakes Center report contains a series of policy recommendations to ensure schools are welcoming and safe for LGBT students. These recommendations cover areas such as school climate, curriculum, and the particular role of school sports in defining a school's culture.

A representative of the Center says the report has gained a lot of attention, and now it's time for action in Michigan and across the nation.

The "Safe At School" report can be viewed at www.greatlakescenter.org

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - MI