Eighth grader sobs through video about classmate abuse, seven prison guards investigated for offenses against LGBT inmates, Neil Patrick Harris tweets regret over “tranny” mocking, school suspends bullies over Rodemeyer suicide, and more LGBT headlines.
• New York school suspends bullies over gay teen suicide. Police in Amherst, N.Y., concluded last month that no charges will be filed in the death of Jamey Rodemeyer (top photo). School officials did their own investigation and suspended an undisclosed number of students for up to five days, with longer-term suspensions possible after hearings.
• Michigan mayor takes heat for anti-gay Facebook comment. Activists have called for a resignation and apology while a high school GSA plans a protest over Mayor Janice Daniels of Troy, Mich., after a Facebook status from June, before she was elected, was uncovered: “I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”
• Feds investigating LGBT abuse at Pennsylvania prison. A federal civil investigation is being launched against seven guards at a medium-security Pittsburgh prison, with some accused of tormenting and raping LGBT prisoners.
• Bachmann: Overturn Iowa marriage equality. With the Iowa caucus just weeks away, the candidate (middle photo), currently polling in sixth place among Republicans, cemented her stance on Fox News Sunday by attacking the state Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage.
• Ohio gay couple’s home vandalized with graffiti death threat. The partners of 25 years were called out to their yard at 6 a.m. Friday by a neighbor to find two phrases spray painted in bright yellow: “Move or Die” and “Die fag.”
• Neil Patrick Harris apologizes for “tranny” comments. The actor used the word and mocked trans women’s voices as guest co-host of “Live with Kelly” last week. On Friday, he tweeted, “Truly sorry for saying the word ‘tranny’ on Live this week. Twice! Should have been more thoughtful. Didn’t at all mean to offend.”
• Outgoing Raleigh mayor denounces marriage amendment. In a speech days before the city council considers a public stance against North Carolina’s proposed gay marriage ban, Charles Meeker called the bill “discriminatory” and unproductive.
• Bullied teen reveals fear, suicide attempts in video. Media outlets have caught up to a heartbreaking August video posted by eighth grader Jonah Mowry (bottom photo) in which he cries and reveals note cards of his experiences and his pain. Mowry’s Twitter account indicates he’s gay. Here’s the video:
Rodemeyer photo via Buffalo News; Bachmann photo from Fox News Sunday; Mowry photo via YouTube