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Dignity for All Students Act

Taking a Stand Against Anti-Gay Bullying (VIDEO)

Marcel Neergaard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marcel Neergaard

During my first year in middle school, I experienced severe bullying. I was called terrible names that were quite hurtful. At that time, I had just realized that I'm gay, and the bullies used the word "gay" as an insult. This made me feel like being gay was horrible.

Do School Board Policies Really Help Protect LGBT Students?

Peter DeWitt | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter DeWitt

State laws, codes of conduct and school board policies are great first steps in the process of safeguarding and bringing equality to LGBT students. However, they are not enough. School superintendents and principals must do their part by creating inclusive school environments.

Allies Across Boundaries

Daniel O'Donnell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel O'Donnell

Bullying is not an issue unique to the LGBTQ community, or one that can be addressed solely by ourselves. We have much work left to do, and today we reaffirm our commitment to do it. I am proud to be one of many wearing purple today on behalf of the effort to end bullying everywhere.

LGBTQ-Inclusive School Cultures: What's Policy Got To Do With It?

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Recently we published a blog addressing educator reactions to the presence of transgender children in elementary schools. Since then we have received requests for more specific information about our vision for proactive policies and practices. This is a response to those questions.

A Whirlwind Season for Student Rights in New York

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Hayley Gorenberg

They showed up to learn. Instead they were spat upon and called vulgar names. They had their lockers vandalized and books urinated upon. They are our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

Starting Today, New York's Students Now Protected from Bullying

Daniel O'Donnell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel O'Donnell

we must not give in to the temptation to respond to bullying with punishment. This is unsustainable and ineffective; we must instead use insightful adult intervention to instill in our children a respect for all their peers, and a desire to learn from their differences, not erase them.

Teaching Our Children Not To Follow Romney's Example

Daniel O'Donnell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel O'Donnell

Our schools must help children learn tolerance and respect for one another, so that no child leaves school with the fear that they will be attacked for their differences, and no child grows up believing it's OK to marginalize or discriminate against others.