GSA Network congratulates our colleagues at the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance who championed a safe schools bill that just became law in Illinois. On June 27, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 3266, the Prevent School Violence Act, which defines bullying for the first time in Illinois law and explicitly prohibits bullying based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, as well as other personal characteristics.
In fantastic news this week the New York State Senate passed the "Dignity for All Students Act," which will prohibit bullying and harassment on the basis of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, weight or disability in New York schools. The law
In the fall of 2009, GSA Network made the strategic decision to participate in the Public Allies program and invite two Public Allies to join our staff. Public Allies is an organization that matches youth leaders who are interested in working in non-profits with organizations who are seeking new talent. For GSA Network, the partnership with Public Allies made complete sense as both organizations are striving to develop young leaders.
On June 9th the U.S. State Department announced new guidelines for issuing passports to transgender people. What does this mean for transgender youth?
The new guidelines are a huge win for transgender students who have historically had difficulty accessing identification that reflects their gender, such as a driver's license or school ID card. The new guidelines no longer require people to undergo gender reassignment surgery to change the gender marker on their passport.
Earlier this week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law HB 2281 which would "ban schools from teaching classes that are designed for students of a particular ethnic group, promote resentment or advocate ethnic solidarity over treating pupils as individuals" according to the LA Times. The bill was specifically passed targeting ongoing efforts in the Tucson School District to provide students of color with culturally relevant history lessons.
Central Valley Comes Alive with ENS Pride!
Like many states, Virginia has a history as a battleground state when it comes to LGBT rights.
Recently the Governor of Virginia repealed non-discrimination protections for state employees on the basis
of sexual orientation. However, in rural parts of that same state, students like Timothy Rogers are