Tammy Aaberg, the mother of Justin Aaberg, a gay teen who committed suicide last year, met Thursday with Michele Bachmann staffers to urge the congresswoman to publicly denounce anti-gay bullying in her district.

Justin, a former student at Anoka High School, which is in Bachmann's congressional district, took his own life to escape the daily harassment he suffered. He was 15.

The Anoka-Hennepin district has been criticized for its “neutrality policy” on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. The policy, critics say, foments a hostile environment for gay youth or teens perceived to be gay.

Tammy and five others delivered a petition signed by more than 130,000 people from around the country urging Bachmann to denounce anti-gay bullying in her district.

“I think Congresswoman Bachmann is in a leadership role to speak out against bullying,” Tammy told gay glossy The Advocate. “I'm not asking her to change her beliefs. But all kids should be protected in school.”

Becky Rogness, a Bachmann spokeswoman, said in a statement that Bachmann will respond to the petition after she has had an opportunity to review it.