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Bullying causes another Suicide

A 15-year-old gay teen has committed suicide after suffering repeated anti-gay bullying from teachers and kids at his school and online. The boy hanged himself with a scarf at his family home Wednesday evening. He was reportedly sent home from school Tuesday after school officials reprimanded him for his frequent wardrobe consisting of pink trousers, a pink shirt, and painted fingernails.

According to Rome’s chief deputy prosecutor, Pierfilippo Laviani, the teen had been open about his sexual orientation with friends, family, and school officials. Laviani announced that his office had launched an investigation after the teen’s parents found a series of disturbing posts on his Facebook page. Laviani confirmed that the teen had suffered "torment and gone through hell" as a result of the daily abuse by classmates, one of whom had apparently created a fake profile on Facebook deriding the youth for his choice of colourful clothes.

Italy, where more than 85 percent of the population are Roman Catholic, has one of the worst records for LGBT rights in Europe, and has no protections for sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace or in public accommodations, or bullying laws which include anti-gay bias. Same-sex relationships are not recognized in national law, and it is not legal for same-sex couples to jointly adopt. A recent bill proposed by the Partito Democratico party last year to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination and bullying failed on the second reading in the Italian Parliament.

"Now we need a law against homophobia, it’s up to the parliament," said Vincenzo Branà, a spokesperson for Arcigay Il Cassero, an LGBT advocacy organization. "But local governments have to do something as well. They have to launch helplines and associations against homophobia."

On Thursday evening, a crowd of several hundred gathered near the famed Roman Colosseum for a candlelight vigil on Via di San Giovanni, and marched to the high school on Via Cavour of Carine with most of those in attendance wearing pink ribbons in the teen’s memory.

Via LGBTQ Nation

  

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Periodical Political Post *109

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  • Russian capitol Moscow bans gay pride parades for century ahead
  • Discrimination study shows gay men in Italy less likely to get a job
  • American conservative group blames queer kids for their own misery 
  • ‘Sexual depravity’ of penguins that Antarctic scientist dared not reveal

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  • Christian pastor hangs effigy of Obama with pride flag by noose 
  

Periodical Political Post *107

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  • Media propaganda: To avoid counting civilian deaths, U.S. president Obama
    re-defined the word "militant" to mean all military-age males in a strike zone
  • Three heavyweight committees of EU Parliament recommend to bury ACTA
  • Israeli Interior minister suggest African migrants are criminals infected with HIV
  • Sex trafficking “charities” caught making up data and stealing money
  • In ten American states guns kill more people than car accidents do
  

Periodical Political Post *97

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  • Survey reveals poor mental health among queer population of Australia
  • School district told to replace web filter censoring queer support sites
  • Poll shows Italian voters from left & right want more pro-queer politics
  • School sued for not letting kid wearing “Jesus is not a homophobe” shirt
  • German football club bans homophobic fans for showing anti-gay banner
  • American scientific study claims male dolphins are bisexual by default

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  • Government to monitor all calls, emails, texts and website visits in Great Britain
  • Draconian U.S. ‘Privacy Invasion Bill’ worse than SOPA continues to gain support
  • International Criminal Court says it cannot investigate alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza
  • U.S. Supreme Court okays strip-searches for offences like eating in the subway
  • High School students suspended after demanding ‘an education’ in protest
  • People who routinely eat fast food are 51% more likely to suffer from depression
  

Periodical Political Post *92

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  • March for queer rights in U.S. state Mississippi shut down by police
  • Death of one of Italy’s most popular singers sparks homophobia debate
  • Philippines University elects trans student chairperson for the first time
  • 17-year-old gay high school student suspended for wearing high heels
  • Missouri school fires teacher for planning marriage to partner of 20 years
  • Law maker in U.S. state of Wisconsin wants to label gay parents as child abuse

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  • Ireland signs Irish version of SOPA into law, kicks off new censorship regime
  • UK internet providers lose battle against three-strikes copyright law in Britain 
  • Total surveillance: American colleges demand applicants’ Facebook passwords
  • Police gave companies blacklist to keep union-friendly workers without a job
  • New American e-voting system cracked and taken over in less than 48 hours
  • 11-year-old kid handcuffed, taken to holding facility for being “argumentative”
  

Periodical Political Post *91

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  • Pentagon says American citizens can be killed secretly without trial
  • SOPA replacement uses child porn as excuse to spy on 99.7% of Americans
  • London no safer for all its out-of-control surveillance says new report
  • USA, Italy & Ireland having worse per capita government debt than Greece
  • Abstinence-only sex “education” bill in Utah prohibits teaching contraception
  • PayPal wants to be the moral police for eBook shops, wants erotica to be gone
  

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