June 11, 2004: Yet another link common to all the state handbook pages has changed: the link for finding a GLSEN chapter in your area is now: http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/chapter/chapter/index.html. Without someone stepping forward to update the site, I don't know if I'll be able to do wholesale changes to the state pages - sorry.

February 13, 2004: The P.E.R.S.O.N. web site will no longer be updated regularly. For more information see here.

September 15, 2003: Yet another changed URL - the new URL for TV station contact info is now http://tv.zap2it.com/tveditorial/tve_main/1,1002,585|||,00.html. I'll be changing the state handbook pages to reflect this...

June 28, 2002: Those darn URLs just keep changing - the new URL for finding a chapter of GLSEN in your area is now http://www.glsen.org/templates/chapters/index.html. I'll be changing the state handbook pages accordingly...

January 24, 2002: I've updated Appendix 3 of the Handbook to include the latest position statement of the American Association of School Psychologists.

September 5, 2001: You guessed it, yet another change to URLs in all the state handbook pages. The PFLAG chapter locator page is now at http://www.pflag.org/chapters/find.html, and the newspaper locator page is now at http://dir.yahoo.com/News_and_Media/Newspapers/By_Region/U_S__States/. I'll be updating all the state pages to reflect this in my not-so-copious spare time...

November 14, 2000: Double gack! Yet ANOTHER change to a URL in all the state handbook pages. The GLSEN chapter locator page is now at: http://208.178.40.179/templates/chapters/index.html. It may be the next millennium before all the pages get fully up to date, at this rate...

October 26, 2000: Gack! Another change to a URL in all of the state handbook pages. The LGBT allies search database is now at: http://www.queeramerica.com/. I'll still be plugging away trying to fix all the URLs on the individual pages...

July 27, 2000: Yet another lengthy gap between updates. Some of the resource URLs on all the state handbook pages need to be changed. Until I can get around to changing all the pages, use this these two URLs for TV station info: http://tv.zap2it.com/resources/ or http://dir.yahoo.com/News_and_Media/Television/By_Region/U_S__States/.

October 7, 1998: Feeling better, hope to be fully recovered soon. Just in time to have to change every single state handbook page - yep, another link common to all the pages has changed. Until I can get around to changing all the pages, the new link to Yahoo's by-state newspaper info is: http://dir.yahoo.com/News_and_Media/Newspapers/Browse_By_Region/U_S__States/.

September 17, 1998: Or, more precisely, what's not new - Frequent visitors may have noted there haven't been any updates for several weeks. Alas, I've been sick since late August, and have only just begun to recover enough to go back to work. As I continue to recover, I may not have much time to devote to P.E.R.S.O.N. for a while. In the meantime, you can get some news on schools issues via the GLSEN web site, http://www.glsen.org. See you soon, I hope...

July 31, 1998: Wahoo! All the state handbook page updates are finaly done! Next up - some updates and a reorganization of the web sites page of our resources section.

January 6, 1998: I've made a few minor layout changes to the pages. Look for updates to the state pages of our organizing handbook soon.

December 3, 1996: Though this doesn't affect the web site directly, I thought I'd mention a change at the P.E.R.S.O.N. Project - I'll be taking over administration of our email list. If you'd like to sign up for the list, email me and I'll add you. Note: nearly all the information from the mailing list eventually makes it onto the web page, so if you check the web page frequently you may not want to sign up for the mailing list too. JMR

November 20, 1996: We've just put the list of MA Gay/Straight High School Student Alliances on our web pages at http://www.youth.org/loco/PERSONProject/Handbook/States/MA-GSAs.html. Also, we've updated the Illinois handbook section.

November 6, 1996: The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project is pleased and proud to continue to serve as the Web home for vitally important educational equity publications provided to us for this express purpose by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. We have just added a WONDERFUL new document, entitled:

This LLDEF manual is located at http://www.youth.org/loco/PERSONProject/Resources/manual.html

We're sure you will all want to BOOKMARK this site,
LINK TO IT, and also to SHARE this info with EVERYONE possible.

P.S. The Nabozny case, about which we've send numerous messages previously (see our Web site under Wisconsin alerts, Legal Resources, etc.) goes to trial November 18...PLEASE,
ANYONE IN WISCONSIN: SEND ANY NEWS STORIES ABOUT THIS TO US SO WE CAN SHARE WITH THE LIST. The trial will be a JURY trial!!!

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October 31, 1996: American School Health Association Policy

[The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project notes:

a formatted version of this has just been added to the END of our extensive list of professional education organizations with LGBT supportive policies, which is located at

knowing about these policies will help you as an organizer/activist for educational equity, since not only are there many different such professional statements of support from which you can select when presenting arguments to policy makers, but also when taken as a whole, they represent a substantial body of evidence that the CURRENT PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS OF PRACTICE in most education related fields ALREADY ARE LGBT inclusive and supportive! Since this fact is little known, even to members of these professional organization, disseminating these policy statements widely will help turn the tide of professional behavior (when administrator or board member or teacher or counselor or...whatever) toward the path of LGBT understanding and support.]
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The full text of the policy is at the end of this document: http://www.youth.org/loco/PERSONProject/Handbook/appendix3-2.html

September 27, 1996: Along with various & sundry new Action Alerts, I've updated the handbook documents for Vermont and Pennsylvania.

August 23, 1996:Updated handbook documents for Massachusetts and New York.

Posted Lambda's Nabozny Case: A Fact Sheet. [from Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund's Staff Attorney David Buckel, circulated with permission.

Please ALSO note that we are working on putting on that site the complete Lambda booklet on how to stop anti-gay abuse of a student to which David refers at the end of this article. it is not there yet, due to technical difficulties, so those in a hurry should call LAMBDA as David indicates. it should be on our page some time in september, as david is right now in the process of updating the guide to reflect this latest victory. this is a GREAT step forward and a powerful tool in our struggle for equal treatment, folks, so let's make sure as many people as possible know about this and take action on it. we *CAN* help prevent current and future generations of LGBTQ students from going through hell in school!!! indeed, there are EXISTING laws in many states which might afford some protection to LGBT students (sexual harassment laws, gender equity laws, school safety laws, hate violence laws, etc. look on our main page in the organizing handbook under your own state to see what's there. p.s no doubt, even though David didn't ask for it, Lambda could always use your financial contributions to continue its marvelous work in this area.

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Last updated 6/11/2004 by Jean Richter, richter@eecs.Berkeley.EDU