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Romney’s Administration Stopped Publication Of Anti-Bullying Guide For Schools

What a jerk! As the Massachusetts governor in 2006, Mitt Romney’s administration prevented the publication of an anti-bullying guide because the Department of Public Health objected to the terms “bisexual” and “transgender.” From The Boston Globe:

Romney aides said publicly at the time that publication of the guide had been delayed because it was a lengthy document that required further review. But an e-mail authored in May of that year by a high-ranking Department of Public Health official – and obtained last week by the Globe through a public records request – reflected a different reason.

“Because this is using the terms ‘bisexual’ and ‘transgendered,’ DPH’s name may not be used in this publication,’’ wrote the official, Alda Rego-Weathers, then the deputy commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Because the Department of Public Health was the primary sponsor and funding source of the guide, the move effectively blocked its publication. Rego-Weathers said in the e-mail that she had been consulting with Romney’s office on the issue.

Add this revelation to the ever growing list of anti-gay measures from Romney and his aides over the years. The halt of the booklet, called “Guide to Bullying Prevention,” followed Romney’s threats to shutter the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. Earlier in his term, he reduced funds for the hate crimes task force. And then there’s the account of his bullying a gay peer while in prep school in 1965.

The booklet was eventually published in 2008, when Democrat Deval Patrick was in office.

By:           Aaron Coleman
On:           Jun 12, 2012
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  • 10 Comments
    • Carl 1
      Carl 1

      Once a bully, always a bully. Is it really a surprise that this cretin would support those like him by preventing the publication of a guide that would shine a light on the inappropriateness of their behaviour?

      Jun 12, 2012 at 9:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Romney attacked people when he was younger. Of COURSE he wouldn’t want to put out anything against bullying.

      Jun 12, 2012 at 10:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • reality
      reality

      As the Massachusetts governor in 2006, Mitt Romney’s administration prevented the publication of an anti-bullying guide because the Department of Public Health objected to the terms “bisexual” and “transgender.”

      That’s funny, I object to them all the time since they both don’t exist.

      Jun 12, 2012 at 11:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Carl 1
      Carl 1

      What doesn’t exist? The bullying and pamphlet? Both exist, no matter how powerful Romney seems to think he is.

      Jun 12, 2012 at 11:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Karen
      Karen

      @reality:

      Bisexuality and trangenderism does exist. You’re just ignorant about it.

      Jun 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • reality
      reality

      @Karen:

      Oh my god have a sense of humor. Transgenderism totally exists. Bisexuality, though, kind of doesn’t.

      Oh my god just kidding again.

      Jun 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      If Willard is elected POTUS, it is guaranteed that during his administration, the Supreme Court will become a conservative majority and bullying will eventually become a civil right of the majority class.

      Jun 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Belize
      Belize

      @reality: I would love it if you didn’t exist. I’m not kidding. :)

      Jun 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Belize
      Belize

      I’m rolling out the red carpet for our beloved GOProuds. Surely you Queens are paid well enough to be able to come up with a more pro-Romney twist to this. Where is the one who repetitively posts lists of why we shouldn’t vote for Obama?

      Jun 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1equalityUSA
      1equalityUSA

      If fi’thy Mormons were being bullied, Strap-the-family-dog-to-the-roof-of-the-car (until he blows diarrhea and vomits) pin-the-gay-kid-down-with-the-help-of-cruel-friends-chop-his-hair-off-with-scissors-Romney would print pamphlets decrying bullying. He is so gross. Republicans make my skin crawl.

      Jun 13, 2012 at 8:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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