Friends in Federal Places

Greetings, I’m happy to write about some great news from the federal level! The Department of Education is issuing the following warning to schools: tolerating or failing to adequately address ethnic, sexual, or gender-based harassment is a potential violation of federal anti-discrimination laws. The Department sent a letter to all schools explaining that bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity falls under “sex discrimination” under federal law (Title IX of the Civil Rights Act).

While the letter doesn’t mandate inclusive (sexual orientation and gender identity) language in anti-bullying policies, it applauds schools that do so, and warns against narrow interpretation of federal law. Schools that fail to adequately protect their students (including GLBT students) from bullying and harassment could lose federal funding (in your face, anti-equality forces!).

The link to the Department of Education press release is here.

A direct link to the letter itself can be found here.

And in case you missed it, President Obama created his own “It Gets Better” video, directly addressing the issue of homophobic bullying, which can be found here. It looks like we can expect continual support from the federal level with this cause!

While these actions are encouraging, it’s up to us local folks to push the now federally-endorsed and lawful “radical homosexual agenda” in our local schools. Remember:

“Change doesn’t come from the wisdom of presidents and it doesn’t come from the decisions of the courts – it comes from people like you who are willing to stand up for whats right.”

Still, it’s nice to have allies in high places.

-David the Intern

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