Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students have historically been alienated, harassed, and bullied in their schools, often with little or no intervention from school personnel. Far too many of these students have underperformed or dropped out in response to the lack of safety and support. No student should feel scared going to school.
Federal statutory protections address discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and disability. Unfortunately, federal civil rights laws do not expressly protect students from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) have introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), which would prohibit public schools from discriminating against any student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
Send a letter to Congress today and let your representatives know you won't stand for bullying in schools. Urge Congress to pass SNDA and protect our nation's LGBT youth.