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U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States

End LGBT Discrimination in Education. Support the Student Non-Discrimination Act.

Urge the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and President Obama to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R.998 / S. 555).

What is the Student Non-Discrimination Act?

The Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R.998 / S. 555), was sponsored by U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-CO 2) and U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN), is a bill that establishes a comprehensive federal prohibition against discrimination in public schools based on a student's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and provides victims with meaningful and effective remedies modeled after Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.

The Problem

In the United States, every day, students face harassment and discrimination from their peers and educators based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), or are perceived to be LGBT, or who associate with LGBT people, have been and are subjected to pervasive discrimination, including harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence. In addition these students are also being and have been deprived of equal educational opportunities, in schools all around the country.

Numerous social science studies have shown that discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence of LGBT youth at school has contributed to high rates of absenteeism, dropout, adverse health consequences, and academic underachievement among LGBT youth. As a result of LGBT youth, feeling unsafe in school it has left detrimental effects on them including increased absenteeism, dropout rates, adverse health (including mental) issues, and academic underachievement.

When discrimination harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence, in schools that is based on sexual orientation or gender identity is not dealt with, it can lead, and has lead to, life-threatening violence and to suicide.

Discrimination, including harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence, of any kind is harmful to students and to the education system.  However, the fact harassment and discrimination targets students based on sexual orientation or gender identity represent a distinct and severe problem.

The Solution

Federal statutory protections address discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex and disability.  However, federal civil rights protections for students do not include sexual orientation or gender identity. However, the Student Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit any school program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. 

By passing Student Non-Discrimination Act, LGBT students, their student would be given the same federal civil rights protection as other minorities, and it would make LGBT harassment and discrimination in education illegal.  This will not only prevent discrimination, but set a standard that it is not acceptable.

What will the Student Non-Discrimination Act do?

The Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R.998 / S. 555), would prohibit any school program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.  In addition, SNDA prevents discrimination against any public school student because of the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of a person with whom a student associates or has associated.

Discrimination includes, but is not limited to, exclusion from or denial of access to any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. Discrimination also includes harassment of a student.  Retaliation based on an individual's opposition to conduct made unlawful by SNDA is also prohibited by the Act.  The Act allows an aggrieved individual to assert a violation of these prohibitions in a judicial proceeding.

SNDA is modeled after title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and provides legal recourse to redress such discrimination.

Under the Student Non-Discrimination Act it would;

- ensure that all students have access to public education in a safe environment free from discrimination, including harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity;

-provide a comprehensive Federal prohibition of discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity;

-provide meaningful and effective remedies for discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity; and

-invoke congressional powers, including but not limited to the power to enforce the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and to provide for the general welfare pursuant to section 8 of article I of the Constitution and the power to enact all laws necessary and proper for the execution of the foregoing powers pursuant to section 8 of article I of the Constitution, in order to prohibit discrimination in public schools on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

What can you do to get the Student Non-Discrimination Act passed?

Urge the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and President Obama to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R.998 / S. 555),. Also ask your U.S. Representatives and Senators to co-sponsor the Student Non-Discrimination Act.

Also please sign the petition below.

 

 

 

 

 


Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
In schools, across America, students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), perceived to be LGBT, or associate with LGBT people, are subjected to constant discrimination, including harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence, and have been deprived of equal educational opportunities. Several studies have shown that this type of discrimination at school has contributed to high rates of absenteeism, dropout, adverse health consequences, and academic under achievement among LGBT youth. When left unchecked, such discrimination can lead, and has led to, life-threatening violence and suicide.

Federal statutory protections expressly address discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex and disability. However, federal civil rights protections for students do not expressly include sexual orientation or gender identity. As a result, students and parents have limited legal recourse to redress for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

However, the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R.998 / S. 555), would prohibit any school program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, SNDA prevents discrimination against any public school student because of the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of a person with whom a student associates or has associated.

I urge you to please pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act to prevent LGBT discrimination and give LGBT students and their supports the legal protection they need to create equality.

I also ask that the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate please vote yes when this bill comes before committee and the floor, and to co-sponsor this legislation. Also I ask that President Obama sign it into law.