A New York senator is looking to better protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students from bullying.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is joining with a coalition of 21 Senate colleagues to introduce the Student Non-Discrimination Act. It comes after President Obama addressed anti-bullying
in his visit to Massachusetts.
The legislation is to protect LGBT students from harassment, bullying, and violence at school.
“While at school to learn, some students are forced to endure harassment, violence, bullying, and intimidation because of their sexual orientation. This is completely unacceptable. Our laws ensure that all students have access to public education in a safe environment free from discrimination, and these laws must guarantee these same protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students,” said Sen. Gillibrand.
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital finds LGBT youth are bullied two to three times more often than others.
“Like so many others this past fall, I was shocked and saddened by all the reports about young LGBT people taking their lives after facing relentless bullying in schools,” said Glennda Testone, Executive Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. “We see hundreds of LGBT youth each week who are seeking a welcoming home.”
The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) would protect LGBT students against discrimination in public schools. It will also forbid schools from discriminating against LGBT students or ignoring harassing behavior.
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