Youth march at a rally to end the ban on gays in the military. October is LGBT History month, a time to celebrate gay rights and the accomplishments of the LGBT community. PHOTO: M.V. Jantzen
PHOTO: MVJantzen

In September and October 2010, at least 13 LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) teenagers killed themselves, in many cases after being bullied in their schools. Here are some things you can do to take action on LGBT rights.

1. Be an ally against anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and name calling! An ally is a friend or supporter. One way to be an ally is to call others out when they say things that are anti-LGBT. If you hear someone say “That’s so gay!” let them know that “gay” is not a word for “stupid.”

2. Call your senators and representatives to sponsor the Safe Schools Improvement Act, an anti-bullying bill introduced in Congress in 2009. Find out who your congressperson is here: www.contactingthecongress.org/

3. Talk to your family members, neighbors and friends about supporting LGBT rights.

What is LGBT? (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)
Lesbian: a woman who is romantically attracted to other women
Gay: a man who is romantically attracted to other men
Bisexual: a man or a woman who is romantically attracted to both men and women
Transgender: a person who is born a girl, but who identifies more as a boy, or a person who is born a boy, but who identifies more as a girl