President Barack Obama has thrown his support behind two bills aimed at curbing anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.
The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), sponsored by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) in the Senate and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) in the House, would ban discrimination on the basis of orientation or gender identity by public or secondary schools. The Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) is sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Robert Casey (D-Pa.) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) in the House. It would require that schools receiving federal money implement codes of conduct forbidding harassment based on perceived or actual orientation or gender identity.
Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese applauded Obama’s endorsement. ““No student should feel scared when walking into their school,” he said, “and these bills would address the discrimination and bullying that our youth have endured for far too long.”