Parent-Teacher Group Meeting To Battle Anti-Gay Bullying On Long Island

GARDEN CITY, NY (WCBS 880) – A new parent-teacher group is meeting for the first time tonight on Long Island. Its goal is to stop bullying of gay students.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

David Kilmnick of Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth says gay students are being bullied in schools at a very high rate.

“Over 85 percent are being bullied in their schools. They’re taunted by anti-gay language,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall. “Over 40 percent are physically assaulted as well.”

He says the the first gay PTA meeting will be held tonight in Garden City.

Parents from Long Island, Queens, and the city are invited to attend.

“We’ve had a very good response, a very positive response from school districts, wanting to learn more about how they can include curricula about LGBT history,” he said.

The state PTA president told Hall that this group is not affiliated with the state PTA and that the PTA stands for every child.

Kilmnick said they contacted the state PTA, but have not heard back.

The meeting is a t 7 p.m. at 400 Garden City Plaza.

Do you think the idea of this group is a good one? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  • Christopher Rosalie

    To Whom it may concern: Thank you for this wonderful and inciteful article. I personally believe that the state PTA should get involved where anti-gay bullying in schools is concerned. My name is Christopher Rosalie. I am the published author of the anti-bullying book “Bullied To Death…It Almost Happened To Me.”
    From the time I was a child in
    elementary school, junior high and high school and even in the
    workplace I was relentlessly bullied for being gay. Although I want to
    quickly say that being bullied is NOT just relegated to gay people. Any
    child or person for that matter perceived to be weaker than his or her
    peers or who stands out for any specific reason can be targeted and
    become a victim of bullying. The main reason however, that I felt
    compelled to write this book, my own story and experiences of being
    bullied was because of the suicide of Tyler Clementi, the young man
    from Rutgers University who was driven to suicide because of being
    bullied for being gay. I wrote this for him in that he would never be
    forgotten. I myself contemplated suicide many times when I was young. I
    felt at the time it would be the best solution to my being gay, seeing
    as I had been taught that being gay was wrong and that it was a sin. I
    know now that I had been incorrectly taught and that there is
    absolutely nothing wrong with being gay. I also believed that by
    committing suicide I would escape the constant bullying, harassment and
    abuse, both verbal and physical that I was experiencing from my
    straight peers. I believe that that is why Tyler Clementi committed
    suicide, to escape the constant bullying, harassment and abuse he was

    It was not until I told Joan, a friend of the family and also the woman
    I dedicated my book to that I was gay that I began to see things in a
    more positive light. While I did not tell Joan at the time that I was a
    victim of bullying, I did tell her that I was gay. In my opinion
    victims of bullying are ashamed to tell anyone that they are being
    bullied because somehow we come to feel ashamed of it, demoralized, and
    like a rape victim, how it’s somehow our fault that it has happened…and
    continues to happen. I was eighteen years old and Joan would be the
    first person I ever told that I was gay, what I considered to be a
    monumental secret at that time. When I told Joan that I was gay she
    replied by saying that there was nothing wrong with that. When I told
    Joan that I had contemplated suicide because of being gay she told me
    that that was not an option, to NEVER even consider that. Joan
    explained that at the moment I was feeling confused and unsure of
    myself and who I was…but that in time I would be okay. That’s what she
    told me, that I would be okay. And now, thirty years later I can
    honestly say that Joan was right, that I am okay. But sadly, there are
    those gay people out there who are still not okay, who still believe
    that what they are is wrong and somehow sinful. And these people are
    also being bullied. In my opinion it’s bad enough to think that because
    you are somehow different that you are flawed, it’s worse to be taught
    that, and even monumentally worse to have those negative beliefs heaped
    on one’s shoulders and be bullied for it at the same time. All of this
    can lead to a person’s demoralized belief in themselves, major
    depression and finally suicide. And because I am still here and able to
    tell my story is another reason I wrote this book.

    What differentiates my book from what has been reported in the news by
    professionals such as psychologists, guidance counselors and teachers
    is that my story is a personal account of having been relentlessly
    bullied for being gay, as indicated; from the time I was in grade
    school up to and including in the workplace. With that in mind, I ask
    all teachers, guidance counselors, deans, principals and parents to be
    advocates against all types of bullying. When you see students being
    bullied for whatever reason, please step in, intervene and put a stop
    to it.
    But even after putting a stop to it please assist to educate the bully
    to show them the WHY of how wrong what they were doing is. As my book
    has indicated teachers stood by and watched as I and others were
    bullied, believing that bullying was part of a child’s natural
    development. As my book also indicated I knew parents who felt that
    their children being bullies was no problem and that it was my job to
    learn to stand up and fight back, so in a sense these parents were
    telling their children that it was okay to be bullies.

    In this book I have also told of how my own family did not accept me
    and I have explained how that can be very damaging to a young person’s

    Please feel free to contact me at or call my cell phone at 347-342-7229

    Thank You,

    Christopher Rosalie

  • Timothy Kincaid

    Why do gay kids get bullied? Because bullies know that the social reward for picking on gay kids is higher than the social punishment. They get to feel “better” than someone else and if anyone calls them on their uncivil behavior, they always have people like Helen G Thomas to defend them.

    Now I really cannot fathom a way of thinking that would cause me to defend bullies over victims. I find such thinking to be abhorrent and vile. In fact, I would call it immoral. But, then again, my God doesn’t ask me to treat my neighbor with contempt but to love him (and my God didn’t even say that I had to hate his sin so much that I pass laws to harm my neighbor).

    I’m very very glad that I don’t worship Helen’s deity. He sounds to me an awful lot like the gods who called for Aztecs to rip out the hearts of their victims or for Egyptians to sacrifice their children so the Crocodile God would bring a proper flood.

  • DanTe

    Is that why they cheat on SAT exams?

  • Helen G Thomas

    Bullying is not an ‘anti-homosexual’ exclusive practice. Human beings bully. Period. It’s part of the fallen state of humanity. Period. Not ‘gay’ exclusive. This group is being formed as a support group for the homosexual life choice. No other reason. If you want to be fair, come out against bullying….period. Including bullying of those who oppose the life choice of homosexuality.

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