In light of the recent murder of 49 Latino & Black LGBT people in Orlando, Florida & on the heels of escalating & unprecedented misguided legislative efforts to pass discriminatory laws, the nearly 7,000 delegates at the National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) have approved a new business item calling on the Association to join a national effort to prevent acts of violence targeted at LGBTQ individuals & to protect their civil rights. The RA is the top decision-making body for the 3 million-member National Education Association. Lily Eskelsen García NEA President stated, “Every student matters & every student has the right to feel safe, welcomed & valued in our schools. Educators are responsible for our students’ education & safety, including those students who are perceived or identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. Unfortunately, due to the recent horrific event in Orlando & the actions in state houses across the country where politicians are playing games with the lives of children & teens who are seen as different, now is the time for educators to boldly & assertively assume a leadership role in this human & civil rights issue. The action the delegates took today is not only timely & right but also necessary to ensure that everyone – regardless of gender identify or expression – has the opportunity to thrive & achieve.” LGTBQ students are more likely to face bullying & harassment in school, causing them to do poorly in school & even prompting them to drop out at higher rates than other students. Additionally, they suffer high rates of homelessness than other students.
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