The city of Boulder's youth advisory board will host a panel Saturday afternoon about harassment and bullying of gay teens.

The 2011 Boulder County Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data shows that high school students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning are harassed at school more than twice as often as their straight peers.

The panel's student organizers hope to inspire discussion about how to best address these issues, explore why allies are crucial and brainstorm solutions.

Congressman Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat who is gay, will be among the speakers. The panel, called "GLBTQ Harassment: The Dark Side of the Rainbow," will run from 2:55 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at New Vista High School, 700 20th St. in Boulder.

Youth and adult speakers on the panel are members of the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender youth and allied communities to discuss issues such as depression and suicide prevention, harassment at school and support for those who are in the coming-out process.

Panelists include B. Mann, Reina Ross, Dorothy Rupert, Daniel Sobrevilla and Ivette Visbal.

“GLBTQ harassment in schools is a very important issue for us and many others in Boulder, and all are welcome and invited to attend the panel," said event organizer Malie Minton in a news release.

The panel is co-sponsored by the Boulder Valley Safe Schools Coalition; the OASOS Program of Boulder County Public Health; the Bold Program of Out Boulder; and Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Boulder County.


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