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

    1. Sarah Robin
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Robin

      Minneapolis, MN

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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    • Samantha Bussan STEVENS POINT, WI
      • about 1 year ago

      I am not a member of the LGBT community, but I believe everyone deserves equal rights and no one deserves harassment and discrimination.

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    • Rachel Juzkiw MONTGOMERY, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      No discrimination!!!!!

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    • Elisa Paltenghe NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a teacher

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    • Akriti Akhauri ST AUGUSTINE, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      I know an openly-bisexual boy at my high school who sometimes even wears his mom's clothes (just not skirts). He has lots of friends and is as normal as everyone else. I wonder why it can't be like that everywhere!

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    • Shiloh Carter MILFORD, NH
      • over 1 year ago

      We should be educating our children, loving them and supporting them; not discriminating against them. We r all the daemon the inside so what does it matter?!!

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