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GSA/PRIDE

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Article 16. (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
Gay Straight Alliance
"All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. "
-Harvey Milk-
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If you witness a person(s) who are being teased or harassed because of their sexual orientation, race, physical appearance etc. Speak up!
Inform an authority of the problem
Insist that authority figure takes the time to explain and discuss to the people committing this harm, what they are doing wrong and why it needs to stop.
Do not just stand by and allow this to continue because ultimately this makes you just as responsible for the harm as the abusers.
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Read books from different cultures who are accustomed to a different way of life.
Attend another cultures' holiday celebrations.
List all the positive and negative stereotypes you can about a particular group and ask yourself "Are these stereotypes reflected in your actions?"
Participate in a group amongst your community that advocates diversity (i.e. a dance group, music, art...)
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Most of the time many of these hateful crimes occur because people may not understand the way that the other person or culture perceives things. In order to prevent this from happening, as a person, there are a couple of measures that one can take.
People begin to "hate" or dislike other groups of people that they feel are "different" for various reasons:
They are exposed to this type of intolerance at home.
If you are a parent and you are modeling this type of attitude then your kids are going to pick up on this and begin to emulate your actions.
If you use language that is disrespectful when talking about others, your kids will very likely use the same kind of inappropriate language too.
There are many actions that can be taken to prevent this type of intolerance from continuing in your home, here are some examples:
Reading a multicultural themed books to your children (as they are growing up)
Teach your children that there is nothing wrong with being unique and different (that it should be embraced and learned from).
When taking your family to an ethnic restaurant make sure to enlighten your children about the food and what you may know of the culture.
Don't buy or show things that promote any sort of discrimination or violence towards others people's personas.
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Encourage your school to promote equality among all students
Encourage your school to include a multicultural curriculum
Restrict the use of hateful and discriminative websites while using the internet in school
Start by providing methods for all students to voice out against harassment and bullying.
Start a pen pal program
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In November, California voters approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, thereby overturning the state Supreme Court decision that gave gay couples the right to wed just months ago.
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In July 2009, the Senate and President Obama approved the Matthew Shepard Act, which will outlaw hate crimes based on actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
This act also allows federal authorities a greater ability to engage in hate crimes investigations that local authorities choose not to pursue.
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Build a culture of acceptance, safety, and protection from discrimination.
Start a campaign to establish a multicultural center for the arts and promote multicultural events in the community.
Participate in identifying social and global issues that reach across racial, ethnic and other divisions.
Bring people of diverse backgrounds together for retreats, workshops, potlucks, or dinners.
Hold a community yard sale and use the proceeds to improve a park or community center.
Become a community activist against hate groups and hate crime.
In the U.S., 75% of students have no state laws to protect them from harassment and discrimination in school based on their sexual orientation. In public high schools, 97% of students report regularly hearing homophobic remarks from their peers.
Tolerance and Acceptance
In Richmond, California on December 13, 2008, an openly gay 28 year-old woman was attacked and gang raped by four men, including two juveniles, on a street outside her parked car. The perpetrators took her to a second location and assaulted her again, all the while making slurs about her sexual orientation. As Shawna Virago noted, "The only way we know about (the Richmond) case is because of the bravery of the survivor coming out. Hatred and bias are a routine occurrence for many LGBT people." Two men and a teenager were charged on January 6, 2009. "What you get is this kind of immature desire to display power," said Jose Feito, a psychology professor at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. "And so they go looking for easy victims, or suitable victims." "Suitable" in the Richmond case, according to Feito, meant a victim who the perpetrators could marginalize in their minds due to her sexual orientation and gender nonconformity.
Hate Crimes Stats & Laws
Write your club mission
What will this club do? Include educating the student body, working with the administration, and hosting events that encourage tolerance.
Find a sponsor
A teacher or staff member could help by lending their classroom and attending your meetings. You want to find a teacher or staff member who is comfortable with this issue.
Start the paper work
Look in a student handbook or ask an administrator on how to start a club. If the administration refuses your application, tell them that GSAs are protected under the Federal Equal Access Act.
Register as a Do Something Club
Pick a place and time for a meeting
Promote your meeting
Try morning announcements or ads in the school paper. Your posters and fliers may get defaced, so be persistent. .
Outline meeting plans
Establishing rules and goals for the year
Activities and events you could plan
Creating officer positions needed to get things done
Host Your meeting
Follow your outline, listening to what everyone has to say about each topic. Everyone should have a voice, but remind people to make statements based on facts and civil rights, rather than stereotypes and generalization.
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Article 1: All human beings born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in spirit of brotherhood.

Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.
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