Action needed on anti-bullying bill

By |2009-05-07T09:00:00-04:00May 7th, 2009|News|

A federal anti-bullying bill, the Safe Schools Improvement Act, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday by California Rep. Linda Sanchez.
The bill’s introduction comes less than a month after the tragic suicides of a fifth and sixth grader in part because of anti-LGBT bullying. Bullying of all kinds has to stop, and the Safe Schools Improvement Act is a crucial step in making schools safer for all students.
The Safe Schools Improvement Act will require schools that receive funding from the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to implement an anti-bullying policy that protects students from bullying and harassment and includes protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, among other categories.
The bill currently has 34 cosponsors in the House.
The Gay and Lesbian Straight Education Network, which has been heading up anti-bullying efforts across the U.S., is urging all supporters of the legislation to contact their representatives and ask them to support the Safe Schools Improvement Act.
For more information about how to contact a representative and a list of current and past cosponsors of the bill, visit

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