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Student Non-Discrimination Act

Every day, students who are, or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are subjected to discrimination, including harassment, bullying, intimidation, and violence. These hurtful actions deprive students of equal educational opportunities and contribute to high rates of absenteeism, adverse health consequences, academic underachievement, and even dropping out of school altogether. Left unchecked, discrimination can lead, and has led, to life-threatening violence and even to suicide. And when school officials engage in discriminatory treatment, or are indifferent to harassing behavior, students' rights to equal protection are violated.

I have introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act to establish comprehensive federal protections against discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. I will continue to fight for LGBT students and work to ensure that all students have access to public education in a safe environment free from discrimination.

Student Non-Discrimination Act

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