Schools should be safe places for all students who walk their halls. Unfortunately, lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer students are too often subjected to harassment, bullying, intimidation, and violence—without clear recourse if their schools do not respond appropriately. Congress can and should act now to protect these students from discrimination in schools throughout the country.
In March, congressional champions of equality reintroduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would explicitly prohibit K-12 public schools from discriminating against students based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. It would also provide victims of discrimination with meaningful remedies, modeled after Title IX.