Monday, April 12, 2010

LGBT Student Non-Discrimination Act Opposed by "Masquerading" Right-Wing Pediatricians

You've got to be taught to hate and fear.
You've got to be taught from ear to ear.
It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear.
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before your are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You've got to be carefully taught.


     Did you know that there is no federal law protecting LGBT students in the public schools from discrimination?

     Following the Prom discrimination stories of homosexual high school students, Constance McMillan in Mississippi and Derrick Martin in Georgia, and the attorney general of Virginia's call for the dismantling of LGBT-friendly student organizations in that state's public colleges and universities, once again we see the flaws in discrimination law concerning LGBT persons.  As with marriage law, the federal government has left LGBT students' rights up to individual states.

     This is hypocrisy, for it's illegal at the federal level for public schools to discriminate against students based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability.

     The Human Rights Campaign is currently sending letters to Congress in support of the federal Student Non-Discrimination Act, that would protect LGBT students from discrimination in public schools.  (Religious people, whose religious freedom is protected in public schools, can continue to discriminate in their Private religious schools, like Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boulder, Colorado, refusing to enroll children related to LGBT persons.) 



     The religious right is fighting the Student Non-Discrimination Act.  The Human Rights Campaign reported the following in letter sent out this morning:
     This month, a group calling itself the "American College of Pediatricians" (a name clearly meant to be confused with the reputable American Academy of Pediatrics) sent a letter masquerading as a scientific resource to every public school superintendent in the U.S. – telling them LGBT youth can, and should, change their sexual orientation and gender identity.
     When right-wing lies encourage teachers and principals to tell LGBT kids they can be "cured" by therapy, they foster school environments where bullying, violence – and, well, fake proms – are never far behind.
     Without a federal law, school administrators will continue to decide who to expel or suspend for not fitting in. And unchecked discrimination can lead to violence and suicide. These kids need our help.

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