MassEquality: Anti-Bullying

Posted: April 27, 2011 by Ms. Gentile in Uncategorized

On May 13, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a hearing about student bullying that targets LGBT youth, or those perceived to be LGBT. It will mark the first time the Civil Rights Commission will host a hearing on an LGBT-related issue.

The Commission wants to hear from you—and so do we. If you were bullied for being LGBT or for being in an LGBT family, share your story in writing with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and send us a copy.

The Commission’s goal of the story collection is to build a record from contributions of people all across the country. MassEquality’s goal is to better understand the scope of bullying in Massachusetts schools.

The letters do not need to be formal or in any particular format. Just write in your own voice and tell your story: what happened to you; what (if anything) was done about it; and the impact the experience had on you and your family. If you have any thoughts about what types of intervention might cut down on bullying in schools, please include your ideas.

In order to humanize this issue as strongly as possible, if you’re comfortable doing so, attach a picture of yourself and your family to the front of the letter.

Letters should be sent, if possible, by May 1, 2011 for introduction into the Commission’s record in advance of the May 13 hearing in D.C. The letter itself should be addressed to:

Kim Tolhurst, Esq., Acting General Counsel
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
624 Ninth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001

Please note that the envelope should be addressed and mailed to Commissioner Achtenberg’s special assistant, Alec Duell at :
c/o Alec Deull
3102 Krueger Road
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

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