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      Church stands up against bullying and supports GLBT youth

      The Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette is taking a stance against bullying especially when it comes to students in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) community.

      On Sunday, the church held a suicide prevention forum to teach its members more effective ways of communicating with at-risk youth. The church is also encouraging people to speak up if they see someone being bullied.

      "We've become more knowledgeable of what's going on because it's not actually only the bullying that occurs, but people who put up with the bullying and let it occur, and so I think I've seen people step forward and try to stop it," said Grant Soltwisch, team leader.

      The church says they accept people from all walks of life and feels that regardless of a person's sexual orientation, no one should be turned away.

      Next Sunday at 10 a.m., the church will hold another forum where GLBT students from Northern Michigan University will talk about their experiences within the community.