Wednesday, 02 November 2011 23:25

A Coalition Of LGBT Groups To Protect LGBT Students

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A set of LGBT groups and organizations decided to form a coalition in order to be sure that protections against discriminations in schools are included in the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011 (ESEA).

The groups which composed this coalition are the American Civil Liberties Union, Family Equality Council, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, National Black Justice Coalition, National Center for Lesbian Rights National, Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund and PFLAG National (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

In a letter, they wrote that the ESEA "is the ideal vehicle to rectify this shortcoming in federal law and the absence of such a provision simply ensures that such discrimination and harassment will continue."

"Discrimination and harassment of LGBT students, and those perceived to be LGBT, is a serious problem in public elementary and secondary school districts across the United States."

"Despite this fact, the ESEA Reauthorization Act of 2011 fails to include any express protections for this vulnerable student population, or even to make reference to them."

We known bullying that undergo LGBT students is an extremely serious issue, a study already stated in 2009 that 9/10 students indicated to undergo bullying based on their sexual orientation or their gender.

Apparently, ESEA currently protect students on the basis of their race, color, sex, religion, disability and national origin. The objective for this coalition is thus to add a protection based on sexual orientation and gender.