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PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Rep. Jared Polis, CAP Action and FAP to Discuss Bullying and Long-Term Mental Health Effects on LGBT Youth
Press Advisory

PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Rep. Jared Polis, CAP Action and FAP to Discuss Bullying and Long-Term Mental Health Effects on LGBT Youth

Press Contacts

  • Christina DiPasquale

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Washington, D.C. – The harmful effects of bullying on LGBT youth, recently highlighted by the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, are detailed in two reports to be released by the Family Acceptance Project and the Center for American Progress Action Fund — “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Adolescent School Victimization: Implications for Young Adult Health and Adjustment” and "More than a Bully Pulpit: Congress Must Pass Law to Prevent Teenage Bullying in School.” The FAP report on LGBT adolescent school victimization examines the association between reports of LGBT school victimization and young adult psychosocial health and risk behavior, while the CAPAF report links the results of the FAP report to the need to pass legislation, like the Student Non-Discrimination Act recently introduced by Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO).

This past March, the White House convened the Conference on Bullying Prevention to address the issues facing victims of bullying and two bills were introduced in Congress designed to help reduce bullying and improve the social atmosphere for all students—the Student Non-Discrimination Act—introduced by Rep. Jared Polis to prohibit public schools from discriminating based on sexual orientation and requiring them to respond to bullying and harassment, as well as the Safe Schools Improvement Act, introduced by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), which would require schools that receive federal funds to specifically prohibit harassment and regularly submit data on bullying to the U.S. Department of Education.

Please join the Family Acceptance Project’s Executive Director, Dr. Caitlin Ryan, and their Principal Investigator, Dr. Stephen T. Russell, both co-authors of the FAP report,  Jeff Krehely, Director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Congressman Jared Polis to discuss the recent FAP study published in the Journal of School Health, the long-term effects of school bullying on their victims and the need for federal legislation to protect our youth from this growing problem.

WHAT:

Press call to examine the long-term impact of school bullying on LGBT youth

WHO:

WHEN:

MONDAY, May 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. EST

Call info: 877.210.8943

Conference ID: 64737078

RSVP

Please contact Christina DiPasquale at cdipasquale@americanprogressaction.org or 202-481-8181.

**Please note that this call will be recorded. By participating in the call, you consent to be recorded.**

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