Watch Pete Buttigieg explain to an 11-year-old girl why bullies try to make you feel bad

Pete Buttigieg addressing the crowd“The person who is bullying you probably has something a little broken in them, and it’s part of why they’re trying to get your attention.”

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Does public debate of LGBTI topics increase homophobic bullying?

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A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggested public discourse about LGBTI issues in the US have an effect on homophobic bullying at schools.

‘The public health consequences of these very contentious and media-driven discussions are more important than we knew,’ said Stephen Russell, senior author of the study and chair of the Human Development and Family Sciences Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Researchers specifically focused on 2008’s Proposition 8 in California, which made same-sex marriage illegal in the state.

They studied results from surveys conducted between 2001 and 2014. The surveys have answers from over 5 million middle and high school students at over 5,000 institutions in California.

The surveys asked students how often they were bullied in the past year due to their sexual orientation or gender, whether perceived or known. They also asked them how often their identity made them a target.

Findings and correlations

Based on the survey results, the authors found reports of homophobic bullying at schools increased in 2008 and 2009.  The proposition passed in 2008, and a court initially found it constitutional in spring 2009.

During these years, media coverage of the proposition and debate about its topic was rampant in the state.

Year after year following the vote, rates of homophobic bullying decreased.

‘This research provides some of the first empirical evidence that public campaigns that promote stigma may confer risk for bias-based bullying among youth,’ the authors wrote in the article.

Russell continued, mentioning numerous political topics: ‘Policies and campaigns related to Black Lives Matter, bathroom bills, immigration—these can be concerning in how they affect the health and well-being of youth.’

It’s also not only LGBTI students who are affected by this phenomenon.

‘The data are telling us that straight kids are getting bullied for this, too,’ Russell said. ‘It’s all about what the bullies perceive.’

A recent study of transgender students being assaulted and harassed suggested similar results.

See also

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Nigel Shelby, teen who died by suicide, buried in rainbow casket

a young student wearing a white hoodie with the rainbow flag across it. he is smiling

Nigel Shelby, the 15-year-old Alabama student who took his own life, was laid to rest on Saturday (27 April) and buried in a rainbow-adorned casket.

Shelby died on 19 April after facing alleged homophobic bullying at his school, Huntsville High School.

‘We are heartbroken over the death of Nigel Shelby,’ wrote local organization Rocket City Pride. ‘Nigel took his life because he was bullied for being gay. There are no words that can be said to make sense of this devastating news.’

A GoFundMe page was set up to help Shelby’s mother cover the funeral expenses. It initally began with a goal of $10,000 before surpassing that to hit $14,000. The goal increased to $26,000 and nearly 1,000 people raised $39,773 (€35,526) in 12 days.

Celebrities like Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Lena Waithe, Janelle Monáe, and more donated.

A rainbow-filled celebration of life

At Shelby’s memorial service over the weekend, his loved ones laid him to rest in a decorated casket. Photos of him, butterflies, and a pastel rainbow covered the casket.

Friends and family in attendance also worse rainbow colors.

Pinky Cole, a chef who led the fundraising efforts for Shelby’s funeral, posted a photo of the program from the service.

‘Today I got the opportunity to celebrate the life of Nigel Shelby,’ she wrote.

‘I pray that no other child will ever have to endure what this young baby dealt with. We gotta love on our own! Check on your friends and loved ones. You never know what someone is going through.’

Remembered for more

Shelby is survived by his parents, father Patrick Cruz and mother Camika Shelby.

‘I don’t want him to be remembered as a kid who was bullied for being gay and who took his own life,’ his mother said. ‘He was so much more than that.’

Two years before his death, Shelby came out to his mother and she told him she would never turn her back on him.

According to his obituary, Shelby loved theater and history.

He ‘spent many years in band where he played the clarinet, trumpet, and drums’ and had dreams of being an entertainer.

‘Most of all,’ the obituary continued, ‘he wanted to be an activist for the LGBTQ+ community.’

See also

Police officer suspended for anti-gay post on article about dead gay teen

We need to talk about the loneliness many LGBTI people experience

If we don’t teach children about diversity, lives will be lost

Author: Anya Crittenton

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