After a rash of suicides linked to bullying in public schools, gay and lesbian students are punching back like never before.
Armed with lawsuits and legislation, they're finding some powerful allies as they demand an end to the harassment.
In the White House, they've won backing from President Barack Obama, who said last month that he wasn't immune from harassment while growing up because of his "big ears and the name that I have."
On Capitol Hill, they've got support from at least 23 Democratic senators - including Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray from Washington state - who are promoting anti-bullying legislation.
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