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Franken Wants You to Make it Better for LGBT Youth (VIDEO)

Franken Wants You to Make it Better for LGBT Youth (VIDEO)

 

Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) has released a video in support of S. 555, the federal Student Non-Discrimination ACT (SNDA).

Putting a spin on the It Gets Better web series, Sen. Franken says that LGBT students shouldn’t have to wait until they graduate from high school in order to live their lives free from discrimination and harassment. The SNDA would be a vital step in making LGBT school students’ lives better now.

Watch the video below:

The GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate survey of more than 7,000 LGBT middle and high school students from across the U.S. found that nine out of ten students experienced harassment at school because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and that two-thirds said they felt unsafe in schools.

LGBT youth are also at an increased rick of suicide-linked mental health issues, many of which are in turn linked to bullying and harassment in their daily lives.

The Student Non-Discrimination Act, introduced in the House by Rep. Polis (D-Col.) and in the Senate by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), would add to existing federal statutes and grant explicit protections against bullying on the grounds of perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

If schools receiving federal funds failed to adequately combat and track incidents of anti-LGBT bullying, or if school administrators are found to have discriminated against LGBT children, then under the Student Non Discrimination Act their federal funding may be cut.

The legislation currently sits waiting to be taken up by Congress.

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3:01PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Good man! Wish PA had him instead of bigoted Santorum. People like him, please keep running for office. The youth need you! The rest, let your vote count. Don't stop caring & speaking & VOTING.

5:43PM PST on Jan 20, 2012

I applaud your work and hope you can now apply a bit more to venerating our friend Patrick M.
strivings to really uplift this great land. God bless

2:25AM PST on Jan 16, 2012

I never had the chance to vote for the short time I was in Minnesota, but I wish I could be around to make sure Franken wins reelection.

10:02PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Great job, Senator Franken. Love this guy!

5:01PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

Al Franken deserves a HUGE GREEN STAR

1:34PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

I really like this guy. Thank you Senator Franken.

7:37AM PST on Jan 12, 2012

Why do we need separate legislation or monitoring for a special group? Bullying overall should be eliminated, no matter what the reason. It is the school's responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for all students. If they are failing in this regard, let's address it for all students.

8:21PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

You go, Al...to say the least, Franken's really proven to be a Senator worth waiting for (literally, given Norm Coleman's initial refusal to concede).

7:53PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

It is better, and will continue to improve. It will get worse, then better again. If you work hard and keep fighting you'll get old enough to understand that *ssh*l*s will always exist, always find someone to hate for some stupid reason.

Make them crazy, live a joy-filled life filled with everything positive and nothing negative.

7:23PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

From the moment that Al took office, the dignity that Michelle Bachman and Tim Pawlenty took away from Minnesota was (somewhat) restored! Now if only we can keep Michelle's mouth shut now that she's no longer running for president, this state will be a better place and I will enjoy living in Minnesota again.

Gotta Love Al Franken!!!

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