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UPDATE:  VICTORY!  Last week, James and other activists in Texas met with their policy makers to protest the Zedler 1 anti-gay amendment, including delivering your signatures in person to Texas’ legislature.  And on Thursday 4/4, the amendment was withdrawn.  We got them off our backpacks and funding for the centers is safe.  Great job!

This is a featured post from Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter President James Lee!

My name is James Lee and growing up in Rio Grande Valley Texas, I was taught that being gay was wrong. I …

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On Wednesday, September 27th , the UNC- Chapel Hill Gender Non-Specific Housing Coalition (UNC GNH) kicked-off its campaign to make UNC offer students gender non-specific housing. We had the UNC Wordsmiths, a spoken-word group perform. We will be in the Pit, where almost all students pass thru, every wednesday which we have labeled “Creative Wednesdays” as every week there will be performances from student groups in favor of Gender Non-Specific Housing.

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Who invented abortions? I’ve always wondered who was the first person to decided that the practice of abortions needed to be invented! After doing some research I found that abortions date back to ancient China, but the first abortions weren’t even surgical. Surgical or not, they’re still WRONG. I hate abortions with a passion, and I don’t understand who could kill a child that they birthed. Learning how to have better sex habits would definately solve the problems of abortions, but people rather have unprotected sex than wrap it …

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Blatant racism is a no-tolerance issue for me. If I read it through a history textbook or watch it on a documentary it has the same impact on me. I absolutely can’t stand it because it just shows how ignorant some people in the world are. Even people in America are ignorant when everyone knows that we have a strong respect for human rights as a country. This just shows that people haven’t been paying attention to history because the world learns from mistake in the past through history. …

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TODAY, the North Carolina House of Representatives will be debating a bill (HB 693) that would require teenagers notarized parental consent form in order to access STD testing and treatment, mental health counseling, pregnancy prevention or care, or substance abuse treatment. Teenagers without a parent or guardian would be required to stand before a judge and request a judicial bypass in order to obtain those health services.

Let’s do a quick before and after:

RIGHT NOW, a young person in North Carolina can see a doctor for STD testing …

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On May 8th, North Carolina voters will vote on Amendment 1, which, if passed, would amend the North Carolina state constitution to ban marriage equality and civil unions for same-sex couples. To be clear, this is not a vote on whether to allow same-sex couples to marry, but rather to reinforce an already existing law against this right.

There’s been good news and bad news this week. The Bad: The wife of Senator Peter Brunstetter, who wrote the Amendment, admitted to a poll worker that it was written …

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I currently have an internship at local highschool in North Carolina with a teen prevention program that aims to give students to skills to make good decisions and become peer educators (like me!) in their communities and to students in the local middle schools.

These are all kids in 10-12 grade, so when we talk about sex I get all kinds of questions and I am grateful to be able to give them medically accurate information. (I hear some crazy stuff) However, today the topic of homosexuality came up. …