Tell your Senators that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) renewal bill must outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.
It is essential that ESEA includes the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), to outlaw discrimination in public K-12 schools based on sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Students who are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), are especially at risk for bullying and harassment in school, which can have a devastating impact on LGBT students. Bullying and harassment can lead to adverse health consequences, lowered academic performance and increased absenteeism and dropout. Gay and lesbian teens in the U.S. are more likely than straight students to be punished at schools, and girls are especially at risk.
LGBT students deserve the same protections that current law provides to students discriminated against based on race, color, national origin, sex, and disability.
Act Now — Tell the Senate to close a dangerous gap in the law and include the Student Non-Discrimination Act in the upcoming school reform bill.
Dear [Decision Maker],
I urge you to include the Student Non-Discrimination Act in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]