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‘Bullied’ tells the story of a gay student who stood up

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March 16, 2011 |

The Reconciling Committee of Davis United Methodist Church, the GSAFE Interfaith Network and PFLAG of Yolo County will show “Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History.” The film will screen at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the sanctuary of the Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road.

Produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, the film chronicles the story of a student who stood up to his anti-gay tormentors and filed a federal lawsuit against his school district. The suit led to a landmark federal court decision holding that school officials could be held accountable for not stopping the harassment and abuse of gay students.

According to research cited by the government, nearly nine out of 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students experienced harassment in the past year — a rate three times higher than students in general — and anti-gay bullying is frequently directed at straight students who are perceived as gay. Lesbian, gay or bisexual adolescents also are twice as likely to be depressed and think about or attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers, research shows.

A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

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