A new Penn State study suggests, despite the growing belief that the millennial generation is more accepting, that campuses have not, in fact, become much safer for gay students. But it's not just college..."> A new Penn State study suggests, despite the growing belief that the millennial generation is more accepting, that campuses have not, in fact, become much safer for gay students. But it's not just college..."> A new Penn State study suggests, despite the growing belief that the millennial generation is more accepting, that campuses have not, in fact, become much safer for gay students. But it's not just college..."> Treatment of Young Gay Americans | Smart Talk | witf.org
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Treatment of Young Gay Americans

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 6, 2010 3:46 PM

As more kids come out at younger ages, concerns are heightened about harassment or bullying they may face in high school – and even as far back as middle school.

How are younger members of the gay community treated today, and what are the attitudes of their peers? Is the millennial generation more accepting of homosexuality? And what do changing attitudes mean for policies regarding issues like gay marriage and Don't Ask Don't Tell?

We'll talk with Susan Wheeler, whose son Jim was harassed in school – he ultimately took his own life in 1997. He was the subject of the documentary Jim in Bold, which examined life for young gay Americans. We'll also talk with Penn State Professor Sue Rankin about her research into gay, lesbian, and transgender issues on college campuses, its implications in light of recent incidents, and what the future may hold for young gay Americans.

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