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Elementary-Middle School Teacher Says He Was Fired For Supporting LGBTQ Students

A Massachusetts teacher was allegedly fired for supporting LGBTQ students.

Cory Grant was a head teacher for upper elementary students in fourth through sixth grade at the Harborlight Montessori School. After working at the school for three years, he was fired in June 2017. He then filed a complaint this past Monday with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Grant’s reasoning for the complaint is that he thinks he was fired for his support of LGBTQ students.

While he worked at the school, Grant would remove gender signage from the bathrooms, and gave rainbow pin badges to others, among other things. He thinks it was these actions that led to his departure from the school.

"Harborlight chose to fire one of its most popular teachers rather than face up to its discriminatory actions," attorney Hillary Schwab of Fair Work P.C. said in a press release.

Specifically, Grant shares that in his first year on the job, the school failed to support a student who was being bullied for what may have been LGBTQ issues.

That next year, Grant removed the signs from the bathrooms to support a gender-non-conforming student in his class. He was later told by the school head Paul Horovitz to put the signs back so they could maintain school regulations.

Then in June of 2016, some of the older students wanted to create a Pride Day, which Grant was all for. He and two other teachers submitted the idea to an administrator, but were allegedly denied because it would not represent the values of the school and it wasn’t considered age-appropriate.

Shortly after, a fellow teacher brought in rainbow flag pins to honor the victims of the Pulse shooting. Grant took the opportunity to not only wear a pin, but talk to classes about the meaning of the rainbow flag and make more pins available if students wanted to wear them.

Grant says he was later approached by the same administrator from before and retold that LGBTQ issues weren’t age-appropriate. In addition, Grant says the administrator made “veiled threats” about his job.

Afterwards, Grant was demoted from a “head teacher” to simply a teacher for the following year, and he wasn’t allowed to teach science.

To fight back, Grant decided to wear a rainbow pin for the rest of the year, which he says garnered him “eye rolls” and “scathing or disdainful tones of voice” from other teachers. He also says he received a New York Times piece in his faculty mailbox that argued schools should be more tolerant of conservative viewpoints.

After all that, Grant was fired the following year.

That said, the school denies the allegation put forth by Grant and his legal team.

They say Grant was fired because of low enrollment numbers leading to the need to fire someone and Grant was the only non-credentialed teacher.

"As a Montessori school, one of our guiding principles is that education needs to be an available choice to all students, no matter how they learn or who they are," Horovitz said. "We welcome and promote the diversity of our students, no matter their race, color, gender, or gender identity. If Mr. Grant is saying something different, he clearly did not understand the school, its practices and its beliefs."

Again, the complaint was only just filed this past Monday, so there’s no progress in court, But, we’ll keep you updated if the court agrees that the school’s firing of Grant was suspicious.

h/t: SalemNews

Researchers Say One in Every Four LGBTQ Youth Attempts Suicide

A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association is pointing out that one in every four LGBTQ teens attemps suicide in the United States.

The study, which was published recently but is based on data from 2015, was penned by UPenn’s Wharton School researchers Theodore Caputi, Davey Smith, and John Ayers. Together, the three looked over data about “sexual minority adolescents," which they ultimately decided would represent LGBQ youth (If you're wondering where the "T" is, more on that later).

Within the 15,624 people who participated in the survey, 40% admitted that they had seriously considered suicide at least once before. The three then compared that to the 14.8% of straight respondents who said the same.

But that’s not all. 34.9% of LGBQ youth admitted that they had planned to commit suicide at least once while 11.9% of straight youth said the same.

Lastly, 24.9% of LGBQ adolescents admitted that they attempted suicide at least once in the past year. The researchers then compared that to the 6.3% of heterosexual teens who had done the same.

“The most staggering finding, the one that really makes you think, is just how prevalent these suicide-risk behaviors are in the LGBQ adolescent community,” said Caputi, “Research has shown that suicide-risk behaviors are an indicator of extreme distress.”

“The more I researched the connection between suicide risk and teens who identify as sexual minorities, the more interesting it became,” he said.

“In particular, these results were so striking it was clear this work could have some real-world impact informing policy.”

Ayers then went on to talk to Reuters Health about the horror (and reality) of the statistics.

 “We must recognize LGBQ teen suicide is a national public health crisis and bring extraordinary resources to bear to address the crisis,” he said.

That said, this is only the start of researching the topic. For instance, the data that Ayers and his colleagues used had a significant lack of data about transgender youth.

“Limited by the lack of data for suicide risks among transgender adolescents’. Plus, its ‘60% response rate … may limit generalizability.”

For now, this is a start in the right direction, but there is more to be done.

Watch: Adults React to Logic's "1-800-273-8255"

Screenshot / via Youtube @FBE

Youtube Channel the Fine Bros has been making viral video after vrial video for years now.

But, it's always great when the react channel focuses on videos with great causes.

We've kept you up to date on all the videos they've put out for the gay animation In a Heartbeat. We've shared when Elders reacted to the short film, when the creators reacted to the elders, and when kids reacted to the animation.

But today adults of college aged and up got to react to a new video with an LGBTQ focus.

The video they reacted to was the "1-800-273-8255" by Logic.

The rapper Logic chose to shine a spotlight on teen suicide and particularly on preventing it. While the lyrics speak of upturning from suicidal thoughts, the song's title is in fact the number for the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

In addition to that, the video below features the story of a gay athlete struggling because the people in his life don't accept his sexuality.

The video has not only gone viral with 1.8 million views and counting, but it has even served its purpose of connecting those in need with the hotline as reports are showing an increase in callers seeking help.

So, if you’re wondering what FBE’s adults think of the music video. Check out the Youtube video down below.

MUST WATCH: Logic's New MV About Teen Suicide Prevention

Ladies, Gentlemen, and those in-between, I am crying. I am crying because I just watched this beautiful video for Logic’s new song “1-800-273-8255,” and I am writing because I had to share it with all of you.

For those wondering, 1-800-273-8255 is the number for the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Hotline, and this video centers around this concept but with an LGBTQ focus.

And just that important detail should tell you the power of this music video’s story. I won’t tell you much because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

What I will tell you is that the video is put together by a fantastic group of creatives. From the addition of Alessia Clara and Khalid as feature artists on the song to having Modern Family’s Nolan Gould, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle, Matthew Modine, Luiz Guzmán, and Nickelodeon’s Coy Stewart, playing the main role, taking parts as actors. You can see there’s talent all over this video.

So go grab some tissues, prepare for your heart to be touched, and watch 1-800-273-8255 by Logic.