The ACLU this week praised the introduction of the Student Non-Discrimination Act in Congress, legislation that is designed to make schools that receive federal funding a safer place to be for all students and particularly LGBTs.
The Student Non Discrimination Act is a federal anti-bullying bill that includes language specifically protecting students on the basis of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, adding to existing legislation that already protects students on the basis of disability or sex among other categories.
The bill is wider reaching than just focusing on LGBTs however, and is designed to to add to and make uniform the widely varying state anti-bullying laws that can leave certain children vulnerable. It will ensure that all forms of bullying are recorded and dealt with, with the threat of cuts to federal funds if schools refuse to act on bullying behavior.
The legislation was simultaneously introduced in the senate by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and in the House by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).