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Tell Congress: Protect students from bullying


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All students deserve an educational environment free from fear.

But recently, Republicans in states like Michigan and Tennessee have introduced legislation that is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to legalize anti-gay bullying and give students the license to taunt and torment their peers. This “license to bully” legislation would give legal protection for bullies if their actions are based in their “religious, philosophical, or political views.” 

The proliferation of state legislation that legally protects bullies underscores the urgent need for a national non-discrimination act that shields students from bullying.  We can’t allow politicians who want to discriminate against gay students to continue to try to make schools a dangerous place - we need a national law that protects students from bullying.

Urge your representative to co-sponsor the Student Non-Discrimination Act to ban hate in schools.

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Congress
All students deserve an educational environment free from fear.

But recently, Republicans in states like Michigan and Tennessee have introduced legislation that is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to legalize anti-gay bullying and give students the license to taunt and torment their peers. This “license to bully” legislation would give legal protection for bullies if their actions are based in their “religious, philosophical, or political views.”

The proliferation of state legislation that legally protects bullies underscores the urgent need for a national non-discrimination act that shields students from bullying. We can’t allow politicians who want to discriminate against gay students to continue to try to make schools a dangerous place - we need a national law that protects students from bullying.

Like Title IX protects students from discrimination based on sex, the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) provides protections and recourse to students targeted for discrimination based on their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Introduced by Rep. Jared Polis, the SNDA gives every student the ability to access public education free from discrimination and bullying.

The SNDA would allow students to form clubs like Gay-Straight Alliances. It would let all students wear clothes that they feel match their gender. It would allow same-sex couples to participate in school dances like prom. Ultimately, it would allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students the same opportunities awarded to other students without living in fear of being bullied.

No student deserves to be bullied. And if we don’t act now, legislators across the nation will continue to build support for legislation that gives legal protection to bullies and continue to place students in danger while they should be learning.

Help make schools safe for all students. Co-sponsor the Student Non-Discrimination Act.