Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Report: Romney Blocked Anti-Bullying Guide Over LGBT References

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM

The bullying issue has surfaced again in the race for the White House.

The Boston Globe reports that Mitt Romney, while governor of Massachusetts, blocked the publication of a state anti-bullying guide because he objected to the use of the words "transgender" and "bisexual" to describe students who may need more protection from harassment. At the time, the Romney administration said the delay was because of the guide's length and need of revisions. But an email obtained by the Globe from Romney's then-deputy commissioner of the State Department of Public Health, cited use of the words "bisexual" and "transgendered."

"Because this is using the terms 'bisexual' and 'transgendered,' DPH's name may not be used in this publication," wrote Alda Rego-Weathers.

The Globe reported that Romney also threatened to shut down the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth in 2006, when it issued a press release with his name on it promoting a parade to celebrate LGBT teens. Also in 2006, the Globe reported that Romney had vetoed a $158,000 budget item that would have supported counseling gay victims of sexual violence, rape and suicide.

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