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Jarrett, Holder vow to fight anti-gay bullying, hate crimes at White House conference in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Hundreds of Texas educators, politicians and LGBT activists attended the White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools and Communities to hear about the Obama administration’s efforts to fight bullying and prevent hate crimes and to discuss local progress.

The conference at the University of Texas at Arlington on Tuesday was the third in a series of eight LGBT conferences hosted by the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Two hour-long morning panels opened the conference, bringing together local, state and national leaders to discuss efforts to ensure safe schools and communities.

White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett was then introduced by Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns, who told the story of how his “It Gets Better” speech in 2010 about being bullied and beaten up when he was 13 attending Crowley High School gained national attention.

“It changed my life in ways I could’ve never imagined, and it changed my life for the better,” Burns said of the video.

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