Bullying has been under increased scrutiny in recent years, and schools and lawmakers have tried to take on the issue with rules, guidance and even new laws to protect people who are being bullied. Judging by some recent developments both in the U.S. and in the U.K., it appears that these efforts may be missing the mark in the area of protecting gay and lesbian kids who are being bullied. The London Evening Standard reports that In the U.K., a recent report on bullying in schools in Essex shows that "schoolchildren bullied over their sexuality are being advised by teachers to act 'less gay' or to wear their hair differently. The National Union of Teachers quickly condemned the "act less gay" advice as "inappropriate" and an Essex County Council spokesperson said the council "hope[d] all teachers are sensible in giving the right advice to pupils." Meanwhile, here in the U.S., an an anti-bullying bill was passed by the Michigan state Senate after being tweaked by Senate Republicans to add a clause that affirmatively allows bullying based on "moral convictions." TPM Muckraker reports that SB 137, also called "Matt's Safe School Law" now includes language stating that the bill does not...

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