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Resources I am personally connected with and also local/Washington state ones are listed first, then national, international and internet-only ones.

Bill's Story -- Portrait of a Son's Suicide -Olympia, WA - our son/Noel's younger brother Bill was openly bi-sexual. In April of 1995, he was assaulted in a hate crime here in Olympia, WA (USA). On May 8, 1995 Bill committed suicide, despite loving support from his family, friends and many wonderful people in our community.

Steve Schalchlin wrote the amazing song "Will It Always be Like This? (Gabi's Song)" which he sang in public for the first time at a national PFLAG conference in Washington DC in 2000 with Alec and I sitting in the audience.

Listen to it here:

Here are the lyrics to  Will It Always be Like This?.
The song is on two of Steve's CDs: The Bonus Round Sessions and Beyond the Light .
Intro to Gabi's Song is on the Beyond the Light album.
The money raised from the sales of that go to support Youth Guardian Services .


"Window" is a film I made for my final project as a senior film student at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1989. Some brief but important notes were added at the end along with the much shorter original video this film was made from. The boy in it was my son Bill Clayton at age ten. After watching this if you want to know more about Bill, see


Families United Against Hate (FUAH)
- Support, guidance and/or assistance to families* and individuals dealing with incidents based on bias — and to the people, organizations and agencies who serve and support them. * We define family broadly to include biological, extended and chosen family.

Two handouts from Families United Against Hate:


Teen Files: The Truth About Hate - This very powerful video on hate and prejudice was produced by Arnold Shapiro Productions as a 1999 TV special made for a youth audience. In it they had me sit down and talk to four homophobic teens about Bill. My essay about the experience for our local PFLAG newsletter is posted at
There is also a Real Audio interview with Chuck Limbert, San Francisco police officer on his Teen Files experience and his work with youth on hate issues on GenderTalk # 204, May 3, 1999:

"Teen Files: The Truth About Hate" can be ordered from Discovery Education. See this page where it is listed there with other films. It is available in DVD and VHS formats in a long (49 minute) and short (32 minute) version. I've never seen the short version, which is also available in Spanish.

The Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate - Spokane, WA - founded as a positive and enduring vehicle for combating hate and hate crimes on campuses and in communities throughout the nation. While numerous government and non-governmental organizations are working against hate, the Institute is the only organization whose primary goal is to focus multi-disciplinary academic resources on the causes and effects of hate as well as potential strategies for combating hate. The Institute advances the social Justice mission of the University while creating a positive educational presence in a region sometimes associated with bigotry and intolerance. Publishes Journal of Hate Studies.

The Syllabus Project - from Gonzaga University Institute for Action Against Hate - a collection of syllabi from faculty on courses they teach that are related to the study of hate. They hope people will be inspired by what other people are doing and that they can see what kinds of books, papers, and projects are being used to inform their own practice. Subjects include anthropology, communications, criminal justice, history, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, theology, women's and gender studies, our culture of violence, aspects of gender, sexuality, race and religion, & teaching a class.

OneAmerica, With Justice for All (formerly Hate Free Zone) - Seattle - committed to the vision of a unified nation with justice for all. OneAmerica is working to advance the fundamental principles of democracy, justice, and human rights at the local, state and national levels; working with partners in the community and across the nation to protect and strengthen fundamental American rights for all people — especially immigrants.

Hate - Not in Our Back Yard - King County/Seattle - resources from the King County Office of Civil Rights. "Hate has no place in our hearts or in our neighborhoods."

Letter from Fayetteville -  by Rebecca Bryant, a freelance writer in Fayetteville, Ark. Not hating the haters: The campaign for gay rights comes to Arkansas. 

Making Men: The Boy Who Doesn't Fit In - an excellent 1999 Boston Globe article about my friends, the Wagner family in Fayetteville, Arkansas and how they handled it when their son William was assaulted in a hate crime. They filed a complaint with the Office For Civil Rights that the Fayetteville School District was in violation of their son's title lX rights. The Wagners succeeded in convincing the OCR that GLBT students are covered by Title lX and the Supreme Court upheld Title lX rights for students, regardless of gender of victim or harasser and or sexual orientation/gender identity. The Fayetteville School District became the first in our nation to have been found in violation of a gay students Title lX rights.

Listen to Steve Schalchlin's song "William's Song (Five Big Guys)" about William Wagner and his family: 


Here are the lyrics to William's Song.
The song is on two of Steve's CDs: The Bonus Round Sessions and Beyond the Light
The money raised from the sales of that go to support Youth Guardian Services.

Malicious Harassment is a Class C Felony in Washington State. See RCW 9A.36.080

Quilt of Hate, Quilt of Hope - students at Lanier Middle School in Houston, TX did a wonderful Tolerance Quilt Project in 2001 to memorialize many of this country's victims of hate, as well as some of the heroes who faced down hate. A square for Bill Clayton is included and I thank them for honoring him.

Unity in the Community - an Olympia-based coalition dedicated to organizing positive and pro-diversity educational events and appropriate community responses to the growing presence of hate groups in the Olympia area. It was originally formed in 1992 as a response to the racially motivated murder by neo-Nazi skinheads of Bob Buchanan Jr., a bi-racial Asian-American teen. Unity works to build relationships with a broad range of ethnic and cultural organizations, faith groups, progressive organizations, government entities and individuals who support diversity as an essential basis for a strong community. 

A Guide to Responding to Hate Groups: Lessons from Olympia, Washington - by Reiko Callner and Anna Schlecht, coordinators of Olympia, Washington’s Unity in the Community, published on the Not In Our Town (NOIT) website:

The Washington State Human Rights Commission - works to eliminate and prevent discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources, and the establishment of productive partnerships in the community. The Commission enforces the Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60). The Commission works to prevent and eliminate discrimination by investigating human rights complaints and providing education and training opportunities throughout the state.

We're Here to Stay: A Documentary About the History of Hands Off Washington and the Politics of Hate in Washington State - 1998, Lizard Productions -  created to document the history of HOW and the struggle for gay and lesbian civil rights in Washington State; to educate citizens about discrimination toward the glbt community; and as an educational tool for political science students and teachers on the topic of statewide grassroots organizing and effectively mobilizing state citizens into action on proposed initiatives or legislation. 

10 Conversations On Racism I'm Sick Of Having With White People - by Neo-Prodigy on April 21, 2011.

10 Ways to be an Ally - on the White Privilege blog.  

Acting out - a July 2003 Advocate article by Richard Goldstein - about gays and lesbians and gender rules and the need for inclusive anti-bias laws.

AFA Exposed - This report by the Triangle Foundation of Michigan challenges and corrects the lies, distortions and fear-based anti-gay activism of the American Family Association (AFA).  "It is offensive to them that GLBT people be treated as equals or as the first-class citizens we are. Their mission is one of bigotry, hate, and power. They achieve their mission, ironically, by violating basic Christian principals of honesty, kindness, and non-judgment."

Annoying Things White People Do in Racial Arguments. - in the "Dumb Things White People Say" blog.

Anti-Gay Violence - from The DataLounge - includes subtopics and articles going back as far as 1997 that deal with specific instances of bias crime against glbt people. There is a section on hate crime laws in the United States.

Anti-Heterosexism - from the Human Rights Office of Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario. Includes: Definition of Heterosexism, Breaking down systemic heterosexism, Breaking down personal heterosexism, Actions You Can Take, and Speak Out

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) - Fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry here and abroad, ADL probes the roots of hatred against Jews and serves as a public resource for government, media, law enforcement agencies and the public at large. The League collects, assesses and shares information on anti-Semites, racists and extremists. For example, the ADL education page has links to their Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice - for educators and others interested in teaching children and teens about diversity, equality, religious freedom and other basic American values - and Close the Book on Hate, which includes definitions, resources, suggested readings, and concrete information on what you can do to counter prejudice and spread a message of respect in your community.

Anti-Trans Murder: Over One A Month - A handout from GEA designed for use in conjunction with the Remembering Our Dead and Day of Remembrance projects - see below for more information on that project. (pdf format)  (pdf format) 

Trans Murder Statistics, 1970 to 2003 is another handout designed by GEA for use in conjunction with the Remembering Our Dead and Day of Remembrance projects, and can be run as a back page to the Anti-Trans Murder handout. (pdf format)

The Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee -

Assault on Gay America - website created in conjunction with the Frontline/PBS documentary. "On February 19, 1999, Billy Jack Gaither, a thirty-nine-year-old gay man who worked at the Russell Athletics apparel company near Sylacauga, Alabama, was brutally beaten to death." Billy Jack's Life and Death, The Roots of Homophobia, What the Bible Says, The 'Gay Gene' Debate, Who's Gay? What's Straight?, interviews, a homophobia questionnaire, and more.

Barbara & Tibby: A Love Story - In the Face Of Hate - They just celebrated 39 years of life together. One, a teacher. The other, a psychotherapist.
Their dream:  ~ to live simply ~ to contribute to their community ~ to take care of each other, their children & grandchildren ~ to grow old together
After overcoming years of prejudice & discrimination in the name of love, these women made their home in the state of Virginia. This video documents what happens after July 1, 2004, when a law passed that jeopardizes basic civil rights. Barbara & Tibby, concerned with health, family, retirement and security issues, are unable to risk having their legal contracts invalidated at this stage of their lives. They must leave their beloved community and move to another state where the political and social climate is less hostile. 

BiasHELP - dedicated to preventing hate crimes and helping victims, families and communities to heal in their wake through education, mediation, case management, hotlines and on-line services. BiasHELP is in Long Island NY. It shows how a community can respond to hate crimes and bias, and there is lots of information here that is applicable anywhere. Includes an online dictionary of bias terms.

The Bilerico Project - daily experiments in LGBTQ. A diverse group of LGBT activists, writers, bloggers and authors join forces to blog about LGBTQ politics, hate crimes and culture plus cartoons, an advice column and video bloggers.

Black Wall Street -  When I was in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June 2001 as one of the people honored to be a grand marshal for the Tulsa Pride Celebration, I saw The Black Wall Street Memorial and learned about a race-based massacre that happened there in 1921, which I had never known about. Ed Wheeler in It Happened In Tulsa wrote, "This is a story of a race riot. It is not a pretty story, and it is not told for its shock value or to reopen old wounds. It is presented because it happened fifty years ago to another generation whose story is pertinent to a contemporary generation." See Tulsa Race Riot: A Report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 (this is a big file -- 5+MB and it is a PDF file which you need the Acrobat reader to read) and Black Wall Street: A Dream Lost

The Campaign to End Homophobia - "We believe that education is a powerful tool for ending homophobia and heterosexism, so our work is focused on providing educational strategies which can be used to end homophobia and heterosexism. We believe that education about homophobia and heterosexism is most effective when done in connection with other oppressions. Therefore, in the context of our work to end homophobia and heterosexism, we are committed to recognizing and exploring alternatives to oppression based on race/ethnicity, ability, class, age, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, and religion or spiritual beliefs." Educational resources (for example,  Homophobia - a pamphlet by Cooper Thompson and Barbara Zoloth), networking, regional training institutes and conferences.

Center for Democratic Renewal - founded in 1979 as the Anti-Klan Network, this multiracial organization advances the vision of a democratic, diverse and just society, free of racism and bigotry. It helps communities combat groups, movements, and government practices that promote hatred and bigotry and is committed to public policies based on equity and justice. 

The Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence (CPHV) - based in Maine - dedicated to working on prevention, education, and advocacy regarding harassment and violence; to developing programs designed to help participants understand and address prejudice or bias, and prevent the potential escalation of these feelings to more active forms of discrimination, harassment or even violence. CPHV offers educational and training programs to a range of audiences, from children as young as eight years old, through adults, and for a variety of groups, including schools, businesses, government agencies, and community organizations.  

Discrimination Against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals in Maine - CPHV conducted confidential interviews across the Maine in this study and were able to collect disturbing evidence that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals experience discrimination in employment, public accommodation, education, health care, housing and credit. and the report itself at (pdf file) 

Challenging Homophobia - Duncan Gibbs created this tool for middle and high school teachers, staff, and providers. Users draw on their own experience and the information provided here to strengthen their skills for intervening against homophobia in the classroom. An interactive workshop takes users through a discussion of what constitutes prejudice and how it manifests against the LGBT community. Exercises help users think through their own experience with homophobia and how to come up with personalized strategies for intervening when it is encountered. Web site:  

"No one will find the way out of hate and violence unless we do. Go without hate, but not without rage. Heal the world." ~ Paul Monette

Close the Book on Hate: 101 Ways to Combat Prejudice
- a
booklet from this campaign to break the cycle of hate through reading. Created by the Anti-Defamation League  and Barnes & Noble, it offers concrete information on what you can do to counter prejudice and spread a message of respect in your community. Suggestions for home, school, workplace, house of worship, and community, definitions of terms, helpful resources and suggested readings. and (pdf format)

Close to Home: Developing Innovative, Community-Based Responses to Anti-LGBT Violence - This American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)  issue brief on the importance of addressing anti-LGBT violence with an emphasis on innovative, community-based approaches, offers glimpses into some of the relevant work that is underway, and provides resource listings for those who want to begin exploring these issues more deeply on their own. (pdf file) 

Corrupting Justice: A Primer for LGBT Communities on Racism, Violence, Human Degradation & the Prison Industrial Complex - Also by the  American Friends Service Committee AFSC. (above)  Are human and civil rights inviolate, or do we consider the rights of certain “others,” whom we fear and hate, to be expendable? Are we willing to trade off the rights of some people in order to secure our own? (pdf file) 

Community United Against Violence (CUAV) - This San Francisco organization addresses and prevents hate violence directed at lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender persons. CUAV also provides services to gay men who are battered by their partners. CUAV offers crisis intervention and much more, including a list of similar organizations in other cities in the US.

Coretta Scott King Links Gay Rights and African-American Civil Rights - Her speech at the opening plenary session of NGLTF's 13th annual Creating Change conference in Atlanta in 2000 was published in an Advocate article: Coretta Scott King on gay rights.

Covering Hate Crimes - a resource from GLAAD for media professionals covering hate crimes against LGBT people. It includes a terminology guide, links to legislative statistics, a coverage archive and more.

Cyberbullying: How Bullies Have Moved From the Playground to the Web
 - This Cyberbullying Infographic highlights today’s bullying problem and how it’s taken on a new form as more kids continue to gain access to technology. and the image is at:



DEALING WITH TRAGEDY: Tips for Teachers and Parents includes a list of Web-based resources to help you provide support for children at school and at home.

Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk Awkwardly About Race - Please Don’t Stop Reading This Story About Race Just Because You’re Not Racist - by Jen Graves, August 30, 2011, The Stranger.

Erase the Hate (ETH) - devoted to advancing fair and accurate representation of all people, as a means of ridding homophobia and discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, and sexual identity. Major topics of concern are: equal rights Issues, marriage Issues, family Issues, workplace Issues, religious Issues, “Coming Out,” government, sexual orientation & identity, keeping safe, focus on health, and more.

Every Minute Counts - When Fred Phelps announced that he was coming to picket the \'aut\ Bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan in February 2001, Keith Orr and his partner Martin Contreras asked people to pledge money for each minute Phelps was there, and the money went to a local gay advocacy group. I think this is brilliant! The hate-mongers became fundraisers for good organizations the longer they stayed there. Other places have used this to deal with him and his ilk since then.

Every Victim Counts - Reform hate crime reporting: "Although official numbers consistently have documented fewer than 10,000 hate crimes a year, the true number is likely closer to 50,000. It will take all of us to help fix the system. Join the Every Victim Counts campaign in advocating for: 1. Hate crime policies in every police department; 2. Hate crime training for every law enforcement officer; and 3. Hate crime reporting by every police department." From which is a project Southern Poverty Law Center. (Both are also listed on this page.)

Ex-Gay Watch - a glbt-affirming website dedicated to monitoring the ex-gay movement, providing comprehensive daily news and analysis of the current activities of the ex-gay movement.

The FBI's Hate Crimes Report - the FBI Uniform Crime Reports for 2000 showed that as overall serious crime decreased slightly nationally, reported hate crimes have increased 3.5% from 1999 to 2000.  (pdf file of the hate crimes section of the report) 
Also see the FBI's Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines (pdf file) 
and their Training Guide for Hate Crime Data Collection (pdf file) 
all of these and the complete reports from 1995-2000 are linked from here:

Galop - London's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community safety charity. Galop is a driving force in changing the way the police work with our communities and give advice and support to those affected by homophobic and transphobic violence or hate crime. The  main services are: - a helpline and advocacy, consultation and development of policy; training and research.

The Gay American Heroes Foundation - honoring and remembering LGBT victims of hate crimes, engaging and informing the public about hate crimes against LGBT persons, and inspiring compassion and greater appreciation and acceptance of diversity. The foundation is building a "traveling" multi-dimensional memorial that to display at college campuses, gay pride events, and communities across the USA to honor LGBT persons who have been murdered as the result of hate crimes based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Hate Crime US National Hotline - 800-686-HATE.

Hate Crimes and Violence Against People Experiencing Homelessness - a fact sheet published in June 2006 by the National Coalition for the Homeless, . (PDF format) - dedicated to the passage of the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (S. 1105). The project started through discussion about the Hate Crimes Bill in the Soulforce forums. Members of the forum teamed up and wrote the Open Letter to the Senate. The site has grown over time to include the following four goals: 1. To contact Senators with the Open Letter to the Senate. 2. To document violence based on homophobia and to educate people about the genuine struggle lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people have with hate crime. 3. To deal openly with the untruths about this bill hindering the great tradition of justice that characterizes our nation in its finest moments. 4. To challenge Evangelical Christians to return to the vision for social justice at the heart of their faith.

Hate Crimes Today: An Age-Old Foe In Modern Dress - a position paper by the American Psychological Association (1998)

Hate.Com: Extremists on the Internet - documentary by HBO, narrated by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Morris Dees, that examines those who use the internet to preach hate. "Hate Hurts" is a companion cyber campaign designed to give voice to those who oppose this hatred with personal experiences about the impact of hate and more. 

Hate, Violence, and Death on Main Street USA: Reports on Hate Crimes And Violence Against People Experiencing Homelessness - information, resources and recommendations about hate crimes against people based on housing status, from the National Coalition for the Homeless. - Montreal (Québec) - dedicated to fighting this scourge on our societies that is homophobia. The National Day Against Homophobia is a project by Fondation Émergence and consists in organizing a day of awareness-raising and educational activities that focus on the fight against prejudice and on how we must respect human rights. 

Homophobia: The Fear Behind The Hatred: An essay on the origin and nature of homophobia. A personal essay by Scott Bidstrup.

How to tell if you, or a white person you know, is racist. - published on Dumb Things White People Say November 13, 2011.

How To Tell People They Sound Racist
by Jay Smooth, host of WBAI's Underground Railroad in New York City.

July 21, 2008



Jay Smooth "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race"


I Am Not a Stereotype - An eight-part blog series written by ACLU clients and staff who have been victims of racial profiling.

Injustice at Every Turn - a 2011 report by National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's Report. On page 2 of the Executive Summary the report states: "A staggering 41% of respondents reported attempting suicide compared to 1.6% of the general population, with rates rising for those who lost a job due to bias (55%), were harassed/bullied in school (51%), had low household income, or were the victim of physical assault (61%) or sexual assault (64%)." (pdf file)

In the Spotlight: Hate Crime - information on existing legislation, statistics, and more from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

It Takes A Team! Education Campaign for LGBT Issues in Sport - a collaborative effort involving seven leading national organizations with a mission to create an educated public that respects all athletes and sports-affiliated personnel regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expressions. 

The King Center - Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. There are resources on the website to become informed about Dr. King and the ongoing efforts to fulfill his great dream.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Says 'We Walk With You' at 40th Anniversary of 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington - powerful August 23, 2003 press statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force which starts with this quote by Martin Luther King, III "...homophobia is hate and hate has no place in the beloved community..." 

Lesbian Information Service - Challenging Homophobia - Todmorden, Lancashire, Great Britain - they have a training program which looks at Homophobia Awareness from a Multi-Oppression Perspective; develop publications; have a research library on lesbian and gay health and social issues (especially lesbian and gay youth, alcohol, mental health); have conducted research around young lesbians and gays, alcohol, lesbians and housing; and more.

The LGBT Hate Crimes Project - a clearinghouse created by Terrance Heath for as many stories of hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as can be researched and verified, regardless of how recently they occurred or how widely they have been covered in media.

Matthew's Anti-Hate Page - Matthew has lots of wonderful information and resources here.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation - created in December 1998 by Dennis and Judy Shepard to honor the memory of their son. The goals of the Matthew Shepard Foundation include supporting diversity programs in education and helping youth organizations establish environments where young people can feel safe and be themselves. Their goal is to educate and replace hate with understanding, acceptance and compassion.

The Laramie Project Archives - this archive (sponsored by HBO Films) republishes seventeen New York Times articles related to the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998 and the wonderful play "The Laramie Project" by Moisés Kaufman which dramatizes the impact of of that hate crime on the residents of Laramie, Wyoming. 

TIME Classroom: The Laramie Project - how Time magazine covered Matthew Shepard's murder, how some Laramie High School students were affected, a survey about attitudes toward homosexuality, teacher and student guides for the HBO film, and more.  

The Laramie Project - website for HBO's film which was adapted from the play by Moisés Kaufman. 

The Museum Of Tolerance - a high tech, hands-on experiential museum in Los Angeles, California that focuses on two central themes through unique interactive exhibits: the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America and the history of the Holocaust - the ultimate example of man's inhumanity to man. The Museum, the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was founded to challenge visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. 

National Center for Hate Crime Prevention (NCHCP) works in partnership with professionals from various disciplines to address the root causes of hate crime.  Because many hate crimes are perpetrated by youths, and because early intervention is critical to stemming the tide of prejudice and violence, NCHCP targets its efforts to educators, juvenile justice practitioners, and others who work with young people. NCHCP offers training on hate crime prevention, individualized technical assistance, and publications to help professionals and communities address the complex issues involved in juvenile hate crime and its impact on society.

National Center for Victims of Crime - works to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.has pages on their site ~ Victim Assistance > GET HELP Series on:

Hate Crimes:

Violence Against Gays and Lesbians:

and more. 

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) is a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victim advocacy and documentation programs; a coalition that document and advocate for victims of anti-LGBT and anti-HIV/AIDS violence/harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police misconduct and other forms of victimization. located throughout the United States. It addresses violence committed against and within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is dedicated to creating a national response to the violence plaguing these communities. Further, NCAVP supports existing anti-violence organizations and emerging local programs in their efforts to document and prevent such violence.

The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) - founded in 1927 as The National Conference of Christians and Jews, is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in America. NCCJ promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.

Nazi Anti-Jewish Speech VS. Religious Right Anti-Gay Speech - Are They Similar? - I think this is an important comparison.

Never Forget Them - where all victims of anti-gay hate crimes and hate incidents are known, and remembered. Viewable with statistics by country and US state, with links to more information.

No Name-Calling Week - an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities. It was inspired by a young adult novel entitled "The Misfits" by popular author, James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression.

Not In Our Town: Tools To Fight Hate - a documentary series and a campaign that combines public television broadcasts with grassroots events, educational outreach and online activities to help communities battling hate talk to — and learn from — each other. Since the critically acclaimed PBS specials sparked a movement against hate crimes in 1995, Not In Our Town has grown to become one of the country's leading resources for community organizations seeking to prevent and respond to hate crimes. Hundreds of communities have participated in this nationwide campaign against hate, using screenings of Not In Our Town documentaries to launch public discussions about hatred in classrooms, town halls, workplaces and houses of worship. You can buy their films here.  

The film Not In Our Town produced by The Working Group, an Oakland-based non-profit media company that combines television, internet and web resources with outreach and organizing efforts in the areas of workplace issues; race, diversity and the battle against intolerance; and encouraging democracy and citizen participation. 

The Working Group's YouTube Channel:

A Guide to Responding to Hate Groups: Lessons from Olympia, Washington - by Reiko Callner and Anna Schlecht, coordinators of Olympia, Washington’s Unity in the Community, published on the Not In Our Town (NOIT) website:

Not In Our School (NIOS), a project of Not In Our Town, works with educators and students to not only respond to hate and bullying, but also to prevent it. NIOS is more than a program. It is a philosophy based upon the idea that safe and inclusive school environments are created when the entire community is aware of and takes action to address exclusionary or hurtful attitudes or acts that occur both in public and private. Not In Our School videos, activities and resources on our website showcase the immense capacity, energy, and creativity of young people who are creating new ways to make their schools safe for everyone.

Not In Our School's YouTube Channel:

Partners Against Hate - a joint project of The Anti-Defamation League; The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund; and The Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence.  A program of outreach, public education, and training for community and business leaders; educators; law enforcement; trainers; parents; families; and youth to help address the cycle of bias, hatred, distrust, and violence.

Partners Against Hate's No Place For Hate: 101 Ways You Can Beat Prejudice! A Citizen's Action Guide - 

The Prejudice Institute - policy research and education on prejudice, discrimination, and ethnoviolence as a resource for activists, lawyers, and social scientists. 

Remember Our Dead - A memorial site for the transgender community by Gwendolyn Ann Smith: "We have lost so many people in our community to the hand of hatred and prejudice, yet we still are not seemingly willing to fight back. Meanwhile, we die at the hands of a lover, of police, of medical practitioners, and even parents, while the news media calls us “freaks” — and worse." ... "When you look at the names here, remember these people. Cry for those who we have lost, and let your anger out for a society that would allow them to die."

Respecting Nonreligious People - a lesson plan from Teaching Tolerance / Southern Policy Law Center - level: grades 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12; subject: reading and language arts, social studies, and ELL / ESL. "Students often learn the importance of respecting people of different religions, and of respecting religious beliefs that are different from their own. But what about people who do not hold religious beliefs at all? Too often the right not to believe is excluded from lessons about tolerance. Yet atheists and others who do not believe in God experience discrimination because of their nonbelief. In this lesson, students learn about episodes of anti-atheist discrimination; and they develop ways to educate others about respecting nonreligious, as well as religious, diversity."

The Riddle Homophobia Scale or The Riddle Scale - Attitudes Towards Differences - Dr. Dorothy Riddle, a psychologist in Tucson, Arizona developed a scale that I have seen referred to with both of those titles. In the scale she lists Negative Levels of Attitude: Repulsion -- Pity -- Tolerance -- Acceptance, and Positive Levels of Attitude: Support -- Admiration -- Appreciation -- Nurturance. The scale is Appendix A the the 1994 book Alone No More: Developing a School Support System for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth. If you want more information on the Riddle Scale, here are two online discussions of it:’VersionofRiddle.pdf (pdf format) and

The reluctant activist - Judy Shepard talks about her struggles to accept her son Matthew's homosexuality, his brutal murder and the unwanted celebrity she decided to use on behalf of gay rights. 

Retelling Racialized Violence, Remaking White Innocence: The Politics of Interlocking Oppressions in Transgender Day of Remembrance - by Lamble, Sarah. (2008). Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of NSRC 5 (1): 24-42. Abstract: Transgender Day of Remembrance has become a significant political event among those resisting violence against gender-variant persons. Commemorated in more than 250 locations worldwide, this day honors individuals who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. However, by focusing on transphobia as the definitive cause of violence, this ritual potentially obscures the ways in which hierarchies of race, class, and sexuality constitute such acts. Taking the Transgender Day of Remembrance/Remembering Our Dead project as a case study for considering the politics of memorialization, as well as tracing the narrative history of the Fred F. C. Martinez murder case in Colorado, the author argues that deracialized accounts of violence produce seemingly innocent White witnesses who can consume these spectacles of domination without confronting their own complicity in such acts. The author suggests that remembrance practices require critical rethinking if we are to confront violence in more effective ways. (pdf file)  

Roanoke7 (Roanoke, VA) -  What happened at the Backstreet Cafe ~ "Perhaps you, like us, live in a community where everyone wants to believe the best.  More than once, we've heard it said, "Nothing like that ever happens in our town."  We all said the same thing; that is until a determined gunman walked quietly into a small club, ordered a beer, asked to sit down at a table with three other people he didn't even know, and was made welcome. Moments later, in a blaze of gunfire, Danny Overstreet, a kind, gentle, loving  man with an infectious laugh, lay dying;  six others, all minding their own business, just wanting a place to socialize, lay gravely wounded on the floor.

Sean's Last Wish Foundation - Sean William Kennedy's life was tragically taken in a hate crime in Charleston, SC. on May 16, 2007 when he was attacked in a hate crime based on his sexual orientation. One of Sean's last gifts was the gift of life. By donating his vital organs, hen helped save the lives of 5 people. Sean always talked about and supported that every human being should be treated equally and have the same rights under the law regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. His last wish would be to have this changed! The Sean's Last Wish Foundation is working to raise awareness to the fact that in the state of South Carolina there is no hate crime legislation to protect all human beings. The Foundation will do everything to make sure that all groups are included under new laws.  

The Ryan Keith Skipper Foundation - Ryan Keith Skipper, 25, was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Winter Haven, Florida on March 14, 2007. The foundation works to educate and promote the acceptance of diversity.

Accessory to Murder: Our Culture's Complicity in the Death of Ryan Skipper - a documentary produced by Mary Meeks and Vicki Nantz, with analysis from licensed psychologist Kathryn Norsworthy, Ph.D., of Rollins College and civil rights activist Brian Winfield of Equality Florida; commentary by Rev. Phyllis Hunt and other participants include Ryan's mother, stepfather and brother, several of Ryan's closest friends, as well as Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Florida gay rights activist Debbie Simmons. The film explores the rampant homophobia which is present in our culture's institutions, from religion, education, law enforcement to politics. "Our society and its leaders must bear responsibility for the murder of Ryan Skipper who lived in a culture that devalued and demeaned him, and ultimately targeted him for violence and death."

The Simon Wiesenthal Center - an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The Center confronts important contemporary issues including racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism and genocide. Other issues that the Center deals with include: the prosecution of Nazi war criminals; Holocaust and tolerance education; Middle East Affairs; and extremist groups, neo-Nazism, and hate on the Internet.

Sexual Orientation: Science, Education, and Policy - This site features work by Dr. Gregory Herek — a noted authority on sexual prejudice (or homophobia), hate crimes, and AIDS stigma — and his Northern California Community Research Group at the University of California, Davis.

Silence Is Not Golden (SING) - a project of OUTeverywhere in rural North Yorkshire in the heart of the UK. They are working with police forces around the UK to distribute information about homophobic crimes to assist the police in seeking further information from the gay community. They are also working with support organisations and police forces to tackle homophobia and to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to report hate crime. 

Silent Legacy - powerful images by in a flash animation Karen J. Siugzda, put to the song by Melissa Etheridge.

Stonewalled: Police abuse and misconduct against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the US - A report by Amnesty International  documenting serious patterns of police abuse, including incidents amounting to torture and ill-treatment. Nearly four decades after Stonewall, and despite significant progress in the recognition of the human rights of LGBT people, the targeting of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals for police abuse and misconduct remains a persistent and widespread problem in the US. - provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. This is an official U.S. Government website managed by the Department of Health & Human Services in partnership with the Department of Education and Department of Justice. and - LGBT Bullying -

Stop The Hate - an educational initiative of Campus Pride working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students across the United States. The Stop The Hate program reflects our commitment to provide social justice tools for combatting bias and hate crimes in all its forms, as well as fostering the development of community and serving as a source of anti-hate educational resources for higher education. Stop The Hate has a Train the Trainer program to enhance the ability to actuate change because of its grassroots outreach on college campuses.

Stop the Hate - a sermon by Dr. Ed Tick, given at the Annual Interfaith Service of The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York on November 27, 2006. "How do we stop the hate? Tonight we ask this question together -- profound and necessary for the health of our planet and all its inhabitants." Ed is the founder of  Soldier’s Heart which does works based on strategies presented in his book, “War and the Soul - Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder”. He is a practicing psychotherapist specializing in veterans with PTSD. I think these are important words although they do not address LGBTQ specific hate and the issues around it which is my usual focus.. It is an inquiry into and a longing for forgiveness and respect — a plea for the difficult but critical and complex task of meeting hate with love. (pdf format)

Stop Hate 2000 - where concerned individuals can express feelings, share insights and work together to end hate and violence ~ maintained by a small group of individuals whose goal is to help inform people about this serious threat in our society They publish a newsletter, have book reviews, memorials and a lot of resources on the website.

The Southern Poverty Law Center - An incredible organization that combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation. It's programs include Teaching Tolerance and the Intelligence Project, which incorporates Klanwatch and the Militia Task Force, and more. The Center also sponsors the Civil Rights Memorial which celebrates the memory of 40 individuals who died during the Civil Rights Movement.

Surviving and Thriving in the Midst of Anti-Gay Politics - gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and their heterosexual allies can take concrete steps to resist feelings of isolation, stress, and sadness in the face of anti-gay campaigns. This report from The Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies (IGLSS) outlines ways gay community can stay healthy during anti-gay campaigns.  (pdf format) 

Talking With Your Child About the Political Attacks on Our Families - this report from Family Pride Coalition helps families meet the needs of their children while facing statewide and federal level attacks such as ballot measures, constitutional amendments and other attacks that often include media campaigns where children can be exposed to negative images and comments about their family configurations. Family Pride hopes this guide will help with ideas on how to talk to children about the wave of political attacks and all the issues they can bring up. Download the pdf formatted report from 

TEACH Ministries (To Educate About the Consequences of Homophobia) -  Mary Lou and Bob Wallner lost their lesbian Christian daughter to suicide in February of 1997. They now work to see the church accept and welcome GLBT people. 

Ten Ways To Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide - Excellent publication from The Southern Poverty Law Center (above) and (pdf format - English) or  (pdf format - Español)

Ten Years Later - Paul is gone. Matthew is gone. Hundreds of others have been attacked, hurt, killed. What can we do? Stop the language. In Memoriam: Paul Broussard 1964-1991 - by John Aston, Ph.D. in Houston's OutSmart Magazine.

Things White Activists say to Activists of Color - from thatangryblackgrrrl. "We are People of Color. We didn't choose to be, but we love our cultures. Because of our skin, we have added struggles. In our safe spaces, we have every right to feel welcomed and not tokenized, harassed or ignored. We ask for you to listen to us when we speak about racism because we are being effected by it daily. This video is a compilation of things actually said to POC involved in activism and social justice. We want to be heard, listen to us." Watch the video or read the transcript for the deaf/hard of hearing.) - The mission is to create a national community committed to human rights. Its goal is to awaken people of all ages to the problem of hate and intolerance, to equip them with the best tolerance ideas and to prompt them to act in their homes, schools, businesses and communities. This is a web project of Southern Poverty Law Center. Visit Tolerance Watch to be alerted to instances of intolerance and what others are doing about it. Find practical, proven action steps in Do Something, dig deeper into civil rights issues and your own attitudes by asking yourself, How Tolerant Are You? with online psychological tests, and much more.

Remembering Our Dead - a memorial website for those people in the transgender community who have been lost to hatred and predjudice. Gwendolyn Ann Smith wrote: "When you look at the names here, remember these people. Cry for those who we have lost, and let your anger out for a society that would allow them to die."

November 20, 2007 is the 9th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance -

Here are two documents from FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression) connected to Remembering Our Dead and Day of Remembrance:

Keeping Yourself Safe - acknowledges that while victims are never to be blamed for violence against them, there are tactics transgender and SOFFA (significant others, friends, family, and allies of transgender people) individuals can use to keep themselves safer.  The handout lists 12 safety tips, such as carrying a whistle and wearing clothes you can breathe and move easily in. or (pdf format)

SOFFA Victims of Anti-Trans Violence - gives vignettes of eleven SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, and allies of transgender people) who were killed or seriously injured in anti-trans violence.  All too often, Transgender Day of Remembrance events have acknowledged only trans victims of transphobia, even though many SOFFAs have also lost their lives due to transphobia.  In some cases, SOFFAs were killed along with their trans loved ones but are no longer remembered nearly as well as their trans co-victim, such as Lisa Lambert and Philip DeVine, who were killed along with Brandon Teena.  Other SOFFAs, like Pvt. Barry L. Winchell, were targeted specifically because of their connection with a trans person.  Still other SOFFAs, like Willie Houston, were attacked because they were (erroneously) believed to be trans.  "It's important that we recognize transphobia is dangerous to everyone, not just trans people," FORGE director Michael Munson said, "And this handout is designed to raise that awareness." or (pdf format)

UCDavis LGBT Resource Center's pages - LGBTQIA Glossary, Trans Ally Tips, Words That Hurt and Why..., Words That are Biphobic and Why, Words That are Transphobic and Why, Social Justice Terms, LGBT Contemporary and Historical Figures, and Safe Zone Packets. - with the ultimate goal of reducing the level of intolerance and bias in contemporary society, was created for students, teachers, and others interested in the causes and consequences of prejudice. Educational resources and information on prejudice, discrimination, multiculturalism, and diversity. Lots of links to prejudice-related resources, searchable databases with hundreds of prejudice researchers and social justice organizations,  There are tests, exercises and surveys you can take online and more. 

Course Syllabi Related to Prejudice - from - links to a variety of college- and graduate-level courses related to prejudice. Subkects include Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination ~ Intergroup Relations and Conflict ~ Stigmatization and Deviance ~ Race and Racism ~ Sexism, Gender, and the Psychology of Women ~ Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust ~ Heterosexism and Sexual Orientation ~ Diversity and Multiculturalism ~ and more.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. We saw the permanent collection in 2000 and it was astounding. They do special exhibitions and information online such as Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933–1945 (open through March 16, 2003) and much more.

What Does Gay Mean? How to Talk with Kids about Sexual Orientation and Prejudice - Out of concern about the well being of GLBT youth, The National Mental Health Association has initiated this anti-bullying program designed to improve understanding and respect for youth who are gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT). Centered on an educational booklet (available in print and on their website as a PDF file) this program encourages parents and others to communicate and share values of respect with their children.

Writing for Change: Raising Awareness of Difference, Power and Discrimination - This curriculum guide from offers more than 50 free, downloadable writing activities to explore all forms of oppression, from ageism to heterosexism:


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