Lambda Legal Supports Federal Student Non-Discrimination Act Re-Introduced Today
(New York, April 18, 2013) - Today, upon the re-introduction of the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) in Congress, Lambda Legal released the following statement by Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director of Lambda Legal:
"Ahead of GLSEN's National Day of Silence when thousands of students across the country take a stand against bullying in support of LGBT students, we are reminded of the many LGBT youth who feel like they do not have a voice because of the bullying and discrimination they experience in school. At Lambda Legal, we've encountered horrendous 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 Senator Al Franken, Representative Jared Polis and other sponsors for their leadership on this important bill and we urge Congress to pass it."