Target: Education & the Workforce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives
Goal: Prohibit public school students from being discriminated against based on sexual orientation or gender identity
Students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are subject to discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence. Discrimination can be carried out by their peers or even school officials and there are no federal laws protecting LGBT students from such harassment. The Student Non-Discrimination Act must be passed in order to prohibit public school students from being excluded from participating in, or being subject to discrimination under any federally-assisted educational program on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Student Non-Discrimination Act has been introduced to the members of Congress previously, but has never passed the House Committee before. The current Non-Discrimination Act had been introduced to the committee on June 4, 2013 and has not been moved forward in the process of passing it. It is very important to provide federal protections for LGBT youth and young adults when often these people have no protection from their own families and communities. The history of civil rights proves that civil rights laws are effective in decreasing discrimination because they provide strong federal remedies for specific vulnerable social groups.
The Student Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit public schools from discriminating against any student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, the law would prohibit discrimination against any student because of the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of a person with whom a student associates or has associated. This means that not only LGBT students would be protected but also their friends and families.
Most LGBT youth name bullying as the primary problem in their lives. This contributes to high rates of absenteeism, dropouts, adverse health and academic underachievement. Please sign the petition to urge the Education & the Workforce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act onto House to further the process of passing this bill.
Dear Education & the Workforce Committee,
LGBT students cite discrimination and the primary problem in their lives. They face harassment and bullying on a daily basis by their peers and sometimes even administrative officials at their schools. So far there are no federal protections for discriminating against one’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
I urge you to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act to the House to further the passing of this bill to the Senate and signing it into law. The bill was introduced to the committee on June 4, 2013 and has not moved forward since. There have only been previous versions of it that have not moved passed the committee several times. Please, pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act onto the Senate and protect our LGBT youth.
[Your Name here]
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