Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Monday, October 21, 2013


Last Thursday was Spirit Day 2013, and our blog post talked about this international movement which encourages people to wear purple in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth who are often victims of bullying. Another campaign, ThinkB4YouSpeak, raises awareness of negative language and phrases like "That's so gay," which are directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) people. The website states that "The common use of anti-LGBT language is directly related to an even bigger problem – the bullying and harassment of LGBT students."

ThinkB4YouSpeak features a live feed which tracks the use of the words "fag," "dyke" and "so gay" on Twitter as a motivator for visitors to "Get Involved," "Get Informed" and "Sign the Pledge" not to use such offensive and derrogatory language.

Does the website change your perspective on the use of certain words? How will you stand up and speak out against this form of bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month?


1 comment:

Rachel K. said...

Another good website is the "It Gets better Project." You can sign a pledge which spreads the message of hope to LGBT youth.