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house Bill H.R. 846

Protecting Public School Students From Discrimination Based On Their Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity

Argument in favor

Students are federally protected from discrimination on the basis of race and religion — why should those protections end when it comes to gender identity and sexual orientation? These young people deserve to feel safe in their schools, and this bill will stamp out bullying in their communities.

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02/25/2015
"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law -- for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."
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Agustindu's Opinion
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03/04/2015
"Kids will be kids" to justify violence is terrible . That's the argument teachers and school principals give when they don't want to assume responsability for this very seriuos matter. In the meantime these innocent kids are being treated like freaks. They hide, suffer in silence and some of them just can't take it anymore... and tragedies happen.
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Meg's Opinion
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04/30/2015
If you're mad about this bill because you think it grants "special rights" to LGBT people, I'm betting that you've never had to live in daily fear of being harassed, bullied, or worse just because of who you are. It's past time to protect our LGBT kids.
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Argument opposed

"Harassment" is so broadly defined in this bill that people who express totally legitimate opinions about the LGBT community could be put in a legal predicament. That violates the rights of those who want to express opposition to LGBT opinions or behavior. Not to mention that this bill won't put an end to bullying. Kids will be kids.

lattydee's Opinion
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03/03/2015
THIS IS JUST AN ATTEMPT TO REGULATE SPEECH & RELIGION! ALL people, and I do mean ALL PEOPLE should be protected from discrimination, by virtue of the fact that they are HUMAN. PERIOD.
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jrs333's Opinion
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03/03/2015
This is an attempt to get special treatment for the LGBT community. Their rights are protected by the Constitution as is. Stop these people from bullying the rest of the population.
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Elinor's Opinion
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03/03/2015
Nobody should suffer discrimination or bias for any reason. However, all the legislation in the world (and you liberal politicians are trying to present that minute by minute) will not protect students from every negative episode that comes their way. If legislation were capable of protecting people from liberals' distorted and politically self-serving perception of "discrimination," Yugoslavia would still exist.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
    IntroducedFebruary 10th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 846?

Under current law, students in public schools are federally protected from discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability, and national origin, but not sexual orientation or gender identity. 


If passed, all public schools would be required to adhere to federal guidelines for preventing discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, and perceived sexual orientation. The bill would allow a student to file charges for such discrimination and prohibits schools from retaliation against students who do so.


Discrimination in this context includes "harassment, bullying, intimidation, and violence." If public schools fail to comply, they can be reprimanded under this legislation with a loss of federal funding. 

Impact

Students in public schools who identify with the LGBTQ community, their families, public school teachers and administrators, and the Department of Education.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 846

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In Depth:

According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), LGBTQ youth experience bullying twice as often as their non-LGBTQ peers. Moreover, national surveys published by HRC indicate that bullying and discrimination at school strongly influence LGBTQ students’ concerns:

“[LGBT youth] identified family rejection (26 percent), school/bullying problems (21 percent) and fear of being out or open (18 percent) as the top three problems they face. In comparison, non-LGBT youth identified classes/exams/grades (25 percent), college/career (14 percent) and financial pressures (11 percent) as the top three problems they face.”

Additional surveys by GLSEN, a national organization working towards creating safer schools, found that:

“LGBT students who experienced discrimination at school were more than three times as likely to have missed school in the past month as those who did not, had lower GPAs than their peers, and had lower self-esteem and higher levels of depression.”


Media:

Senate Version Sponsoring Sen. Sponsoring Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) Press Release 

Boulder Daily Camera

RH Reality Check

The Washington Blade

Red Lake Nation News (In Favor)

Wikipedia

Human Rights Campaign 

(Photo Credit: Flickr user jglsongs

AKA

Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2015

Official Title

To end discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools, and for other purposes.

    "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law -- for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."
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    THIS IS JUST AN ATTEMPT TO REGULATE SPEECH & RELIGION! ALL people, and I do mean ALL PEOPLE should be protected from discrimination, by virtue of the fact that they are HUMAN. PERIOD.
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    "Kids will be kids" to justify violence is terrible . That's the argument teachers and school principals give when they don't want to assume responsability for this very seriuos matter. In the meantime these innocent kids are being treated like freaks. They hide, suffer in silence and some of them just can't take it anymore... and tragedies happen.
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    If you're mad about this bill because you think it grants "special rights" to LGBT people, I'm betting that you've never had to live in daily fear of being harassed, bullied, or worse just because of who you are. It's past time to protect our LGBT kids.
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    This is an attempt to get special treatment for the LGBT community. Their rights are protected by the Constitution as is. Stop these people from bullying the rest of the population.
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    Have you seen the suicide rate of LGBT youth? How can you oppose helping them and still be able to look at yourself in the mirror?
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    It's a no brainer. All children deserve our protection. And the larger a community becomes the more difficult the task. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and should be welcome to speak up but compassion needs to be stressed to everyone. Nothing is black and white.
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    Nobody should suffer discrimination or bias for any reason. However, all the legislation in the world (and you liberal politicians are trying to present that minute by minute) will not protect students from every negative episode that comes their way. If legislation were capable of protecting people from liberals' distorted and politically self-serving perception of "discrimination," Yugoslavia would still exist.
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    Every school should severely punish bullying. We can't prioritize whose bullying was worse depending on demographic, rather the severity of the bullying. Everyone should be protected equally.
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    Every individual no matter their race, the gender they associate with, who they love, or what they believe in should never be held against them. Everyone needs access to quality education, a restroom, a decent living environment, as well as jobs so that they can care for themselves. We should not prevent anyone from being able to access these.
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    While theocratic rule has implemented laws damaging the rights of LGBT persons, allowing discrimination against youth is a particularly odious thing to do.
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    All people are already protected from discrimination. However, gender identity is an issue that should be discussed. Children with male genitals should not be allowed in a female locker room, and vice versa.
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    Schools are an essential learning/growing experience for almost all kids. Schools are tough-enough these days without the added pressures of kids, who might be a little different, having to put up being discriminated against and potentially being bullied.
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    The left will use any means to attach free speech. It's messy but free speech is necessary to a free people.
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    I'm sick and tired of the Socialists and Gaystapo groups pushing the homosexual agenda! Wasn't there enough of an uproar over Obama's transgender BATHROOM BILL?! Ask Target how well that has worked out for them! AND WHO'S PROTECTING CHRISTIANS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION?! Children and our SOLDIERS are being discriminated against because of their religious beliefs! They are being denied their 1st. Amendment rights! All men are created equal, and bullying is wrong. But bullying is one of the consequences of TAKING GOD OUT OF THE SCHOOLS!
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    "Harassment" is so broadly defined in this bill that people who express totally legitimate opinions about the LGBT community could be put in a legal predicament. That violates the rights of those who want to express opposition to LGBT opinions or behavior. Not to mention that this bill won't put an end to bullying. Kids will be kids.
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    Any bill that allows people to get special treatment for calling "discrimination" or "harassment" is a bad one.
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    Kids need to be allowed to express their identity free from abuse. Especially in regions that are demographically more opposed to LGBT rights. This needs to start with parents though. Kids are just parroting their parents opinions.
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    I'm a gay student, I can't imagine having ever been discriminated by teachers and having their discrimination justified. In elementary school I had problems with teacher, I think it's because they knew I was gay and didn't like me. Institutionalized bullying has no place in democracy.
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    This law will not help stop bullying. No kid is going to sit down and read this law to figure out what he or she isn't allowed to do. The government doesn't raise tolerant children, parents do.
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