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

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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.

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“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.

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