Lambda Legal Supports Federal Student Non-Discrimination Act Re-Introduced Today
(New York, March 10, 2011)—Today, upon the re-introduction of the Student Non-Discrimination Act in Congress, Lambda Legal released the following statement by Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director of Lambda Legal:
"LGBT teens are at a higher risk for suicide—and the events of last fall should serve as our national reminder. At Lambda Legal, we've encountered extraordinary cases of violence and discrimination against LGBT young people in schools—and sometimes against the allies who try to support them. The Student Non-Discrimination Act takes a big step toward a safer and healthier environment in every public school.
"Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students have long been at a significant disadvantage without specific protection under federal law. All students have a right to a safe learning environment, and this law will leave no doubt as to public schools' responsibility to provide it.
"We thank Representative Jared Polis and Senator Al Franken and other sponsors for their leadership on this bill and we urge Congress to pass it."
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