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John Ends This Week with a Positive Show About how to Educate and Change Society and the GLBTQ Teens! – Desperate Exes | Unleashed

John Ends This Week with a Positive Show About how to Educate and Change Society and the GLBTQ Teens!

Straight Talk with John J Nazarian will end this week with a positive show with some outstanding guests on how to address the needs of GLBTQ teens and what is being done to help in schools and in society.

John’s special guests include Jefferson Fietek who is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Questioning) youth. He is the Vice President and Program Director for the newly formed LGBTQ youth program Justin’s Gift and has been working on a local, state and national level to ensure that schools are safer and more inclusive of LGBTQ students and their allies.

Fietek’s views about creating schools that are truly inclusive of LGBTQ youth has been featured extensively in local media as well as in the New York Times, the national news magazine Mother Jones and in the CNN documentary entitled “Don’t Teach, Don’t Tell”. His work lead to the creation of the first ever middle school level Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) in Minnesota’s largest school district. He has met with School Board and Superintendent to work toward the creation of better anti-bullying policies and classrooms that are more inclusive of LGBT students and/or LGBT parents. Fietek also continues to work closely with community members as they work to create a proactive anti-bullying curriculum and training for all adults who work with students, so that they can be more sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ students and families.

In 2011, Mr. Fietek raised nearly $6,000 through theatrical events and other out-reach to bring attention to LGBTQ youth who have lost their lives to suicide. The money was donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Most recently GLSEN named Jefferson Fietek the runner up for the 2011 Teacher of the Year for his continued work to create safer schools for LGBTQ youth.

Mr. Fietek will be joined by Trevor a teen in the 11th grade who “Thanks God his suicide attempt in November 2010 was not successful.” Trevor has turned this around to inspiring other teens by starting support groups for GLBTQ in his school and in his community. Trevor is going to return to public schools in January 2012 to continue to teach educators about being responsive to GLBTQ teens and to look for signs of bullies. His commitment is inspiring when you listen to him.

The panel will be joined by Tammy Aaberg of Justin’s Gift.org talking about the successful Halloween party last weekend and where Justin’s Gift is heading in the future.

Join us for this inspiring panel and call in and be part of the discussion. Comment telephone lines are always open to call in throughout the one hour show at 818-572-8030 (long distance charges do apply). We encourage you join in the discussion.

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Don’t become part of the “contagion of suicide”. If you are a GLBTQ teen and you feel suicidal there are people to talk to and they will understand you. Call The Trevor Project Saving young lives at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386); there mission statement is that “The Trevor Project is the Leading National Organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth.”

In Minnesota there is Justin’s Gift provides empowering programming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning youth and their ally friends. The services are primarily for youth in the general vicinity of Anoka, Andover, Blaine, Champlin, Coon Rapids, and Ramsey but youth from any community are welcome!
Current Services: AT THIS TIME JUSTICE GIFT DOES NOT HAVE THE STAFF FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION BUT IF YOU LIVE IN THEIR AREA AND WANT SOMEONE TO TALK TO, THEY ARE THE GROUP FOR YOU.
1. Provide teen focused programming such as; study skills, health education, job skills, tutoring, social issues and arts programming.
2. Connect youth with mental health resources if needed.
3. Provide mediation to youth and their parents.
4. Provide resources and support for teens who may be experiencing bullying at their school.
5. Partner with schools and other organizations to provide educators with the tools to create schools that are GLBTQ inclusive.
6. Annually presents Anoka GLBTQ Youth Pride.

You can also reach out to John here at Straight Talk at John J Nazarian and John will see you get a list of resources including Face Book groups and Twitter groups. You are not alone, you are loved!

PR Release:
Straight Talk with John J. Nazarian
October 30, 2011
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