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L.A. Unified School District Passes LGBT Anti-Bullying Resolution

L.A. Unified School District Passes LGBT Anti-Bullying Resolution

 

The Los Angeles Unified School District voted this week to strengthen its bullying protections by actively calling on teachers to intervene when they see incidents of anti-LGBT bullying and bias.

The school board met on Tuesday to discuss the ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Anti-Bullying Resolution.’

As mentioned above, the resolution calls on teachers tackle anti-LGBT bullying when they see it but also aims to help promote tolerance and diversity by encouraging teachers to highlight the contributions of culturally important LGBTs by giving fair weight to promoting positive images of LGBT people in the classroom and also by making age-appropriate LGBT curriculum available in elementary and secondary schools.

From KTLA.com:

The resolution, sponsored by LAUSD School Board member Steve Zimmer, directs officials to address how schools will implement the plan within 90 days.

“Every single person has value and every single person has dignity regardless of the color of their skin, regardless of their religion or their political orientation or their sexual orientation,” LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy told KTLA.

“We try to teach tolerance, acceptance and that’s the value of any curriculum,” he added.

Experts say anti-gay bullying can lead to hate crimes, suicides, murders and other tragedies.

The resolution also calls for sensitivity training for teachers and, importantly, legal guidance for staff so they understand their responsibilities to LGBT students and their  families.

This comes as opponents continue to circulate a petition to put the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, that Governor Jerry Brown in July, on the 2012 ballot in hopes that they can repeal the measure.

The legislation is designed to address gaps in California’s current school textbooks. The FAIR Education Act amends California’s Education Code to include instruction on the contributions of LGBTs, disability rights advocates, racial justice organizations and many other groups who were important in the shaping of history yet have been left out of the curriculum.

The legislation also prohibits discriminatory instruction or discriminatory materials from being used by the State Board of Education. It is hoped that this legislation may also help to passively combat bullying as children learn that LGBTs and other minority groups are very much part of society and have been throughout history.

Opponents have been widely condemned for running a campaign that alleges this Act is about indoctrinating children. You can learn more about that here.

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2:42PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

This is a good milestone--I just hope it spreads West as quickly as possible.

8:34PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Sounds great. I hope it will work. All schools need to do more to stop this terrible trend.

9:26AM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

i wonder how many people posting the "zmoggggggg nobody should be picked on" are the same who say "we should shoot people in TexASS because they kill widdle pigges and coyotes. f-you greedy humans!"

nah. I'd rather harass those people to death. they are useless.

9:35PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

I'm sorry, but if you've never been bullied then you don't know what you're talking about. I was bullied and so were other kids that I knew and they weren't gay and NOBODY did anything. This was back in the 70's too. Why did it take a gay kid killing himself before they started getting really serious about this? What about all of those 12 year old girls that killed themselves long before he did? I don't think that LGBT kids' lives are more important than straight kids' lives. This should have been done years ago when the news started coming out about those little girls being harassed and bullied online!

6:16PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

I think this regulation will affect more than gays. Many who are bullied for "being gay" are not. [and those who are gay, but not out are wounded by the bullying also] Protecting LGBT from bullies leaves a stronger population to resist all bullying. It is the bystanders who have the real power in the bully dynamic. If bystanders reject the bullying, bullies just look stupid.

5:25PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Dawid said: "No bullying is acceptable.
Bullying homosexuals is not any more unacceptable.
Why do they want special treatment?
Maybe because they want to be "more equal"?"

Dawid...it's a fact that gays and lesbians are bullied more so than other kids...I should know. I was bullied throughout my years in school back in the 60's & 70's. Back then, I could tell "NO ONE" for fear of retaliation not only from the bullies, but some of the adults as well. Nobody is looking for special treatment or "special rights"...just equal treatment. It's a hell of a lot easier for kids who are overweight or disabled, etc to go to the principal or school administrator and get help and assistance if they are being bullied. As it stands right now, LGBT kids are told no one can help them because the adult teachers/principals/administrators have to remain "neutral", or worse yet...they're told that somehow they deserve it. Or even worse, they may be bullied by their own parents at home. Education needs to be put in place to deal with these issues and tell the kids at school that no one deserves this kind of treatment. Sure wish that I had someone I could have turned to during my years at school!

5:15PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Steve R I'll say it again...it's not only a liberal's heart that bleeds...the far-Reich and Re"thug"licans hearts bleed too...just much more selfishly and of course in a different color!

3:41PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Great!!

10:51AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Another step forward even if it is reaaly late coming. I love it-moving forward!

5:05AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Emily D. I for one do know what I'm talking about. I was bullied and left secondary school without any qualifications despite being predicted As & Bs in my GCSEs and being in the top set for all subjects except maths. I'm not a lesbian and no one stopped be being bullied. Instead when I stopped going to school my mother was taken to court! Schools turn a blind eye to ALL bullying & they feel forced to look as if they are doing something about certain minorities. This proves they DO NOT care about any kids, straight ot gay & put on a show in the interests of political correctness. And please do tell the parents of the 15 year old girl who hanged herself a couple of years back due to bullting that it is only gay children whose lives matter. How utterly predjudiced of you!

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