Governor Paterson Signs NY Safe Schools Bill into Law

Today, New York Governor David Paterson signed into law the “Dignity for All Students Act.” The act is a broad safe schools law that requires schools to adopt policies to address harassment and discrimination against students, to educate teachers and students on harassment and bullying and provides reporting requirements. Particularly notable is that the bill enumerates, or lists, classifications for protection including the basis of real or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender – defined to include gender identity and expression- and sex.

Enumerated laws have been shown to provide better actual protections to students and to make students feel safer in school. GLSEN’s 2007 National School Climate Survey found that 9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment in school. By highlighting categories of vulnerable students, states send a strong message that all students are valuable and alerts students that they can seek help from teachers and the administration if they face harassment or discrimination.

The “Dignity for All Students Act,” passed by overwhelming majorities in both the Assembly and Senate, also marks the first time the New York Senate has passed legislation explicitly protecting trans people. The step bodes well for passage of the New York “Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act” which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

Currently, 14 states and the District of Columbia prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/ or bullying against students based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Only 12 states and the District of Columbia prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.


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Focus On The Family Warns Parents About How To Spot Gay Activism In Schools

Joe. My. God.

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Focus On The Family/CitizenLink Sees “Sneaky” Gay Agenda In The Public Schools

Oh, the evil sneakiness of evil homosexual activists!

Below is a video posted by PikaFilms/CitizenLink (CitizenLink being in the activist arm of Focus On The Family), entitled Report: Identifying Gay Activism in Public Schools.

Here’s just a text snippet of dialog between the two — It’s some back-and-forth discussion between CitizenLink’s Director Of Digital Media, Stuart Shepard, and CitizenLink’s Education Analyst, Candi Cushman. The two Christian activists discuss the “sneaky” “gay agenda”/”homosexual agenda” in the public schools.

Stuart Shepard: If there is one characteristic trait of the gay agenda in the public school system, it’s this: It’s sneaky. It’s usually designed to look like something else — it’s disguised as something else — to make it hard for parents to realize what’s going on.

What can parents look for? — How can you help them identify what’s going on in the classroom? What do they see?

Candi Cushman: Oh what you say is so true. Gay activists realize that most parents in this nation do not want this kind of teaching coming in a taxpayer expense in their public schools. So, homosexual activists have become very adept at getting subtle — at sneaking in these homosexuality lessons into things with innocent sounding titles.

Then, no sh**, they go on to discussing how lessons on student bullying, and safe school programs, are ways that homosexual activists sneak in these homosexuality lessons into public schools.

And here I was thinking that when they talked about “homosexuality lessons,” they were going to talk about how discussion of gay sex was being introduced in Kindergarten classrooms. Nope, bullying and safe schools.

It’s something to behold, that these two really think and believe that school systems trying to address harassment and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identified students — as well as against young boys and men that are presumed to be gay because they are perceived to be too effeminate by their peer students; as well as against young girls and women that are presumed to be lesbian because they are perceived to be too masculine by their peer students — is a way for homosexual activists to sneak in homosexuality lessons into public schools at taxpayer expense.

Can we think of the children please, Stuart and Candi? You know, the victims of harassment and violence?

Ah, the “sneaky” “homosexual activists.”

Well, one doesn’t need to wonder very hard as to why many in the LGBTQ community see these conservative “Christians” as bigots and haters. Folk like Stuart and Candi sadly are examples of those so looking for the evils of homosexuality in every nook and cranny of society that they don’t see any real dangers of LGBTQ student bullying — of student harassment and violence.
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