Thursday, January 26, 2012

Support Student Non-Discrimination Act

We have all seen tragic headlines like this: Student Commits Suicide over Homophobic Slurs. School Cancels Prom over Lesbian Couple. Parents of Gay Teen Say Bullying Caused Death.

Students who are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are especially at risk for bullying and harassment at school. Every day, students across the country endure the devastating impacts of this kind of bullying; sinking academic performance, health risks, and dropping out.

Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex, but did you know there is no federal law prohibiting LGBT discrimination in schools? You can help provide a safe learning environment for all students.

Make a call today and ask your Senators to co-sponsor an important piece of legislation, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, to prevent LGBT discrimination in K-12 public schools. It's easy. Dial (202) 224-3121 TODAY and ask to be connected to your Senators' offices.
• Hello, my name is ______ and I am calling from _______.
• Today is National Gay-Straight Alliance Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the work of Gay-Straight Alliances in schools around the country.
• 9 out of 10 LGBT students are harassed or bullied at school. Schools aren't doing enough to protect them. LGBT kids are skipping school, dropping out, and they are committing suicide.
• I am calling to ask Senator ______ to honor Gay Straight Alliance Day by co-sponsoring the Student Non-Discrimination Act.
• SNDA prohibits LGBT discrimination in schools. Right now there is no such right for LGBT students.
• Will Senator ______ co-sponsor the SNDA?
That's it! Then, call (202) 224-3121 again and ask to be connected to your other Senator's office and leave the same message.

The National Women's Law Center and our partners are participating in this important call-in day to help put a stop to discrimination for LGBT students. Please take a moment to help us today by calling (202) 224-3121. Every call is important, and every call makes a difference.

Thank you for your support!
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