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Behind the Scenes of NY’s Safe Schools Bill

Timothy Kincaid

August 13th, 2008

Queerty has a fascinating tale of how Log Cabin worked with ten New York Republican Senators to carefully craft a gay-and-trans-inclusive school protection bill that would provide protection for bullied children but also address the objections of more conservative members.

Foreseeing challenges with gender identity and expression, the Cabinites worked with gay non-profit Empire State Pride Agenda to add another level to the argument. Rather than focusing on the “trans” implications of such legislation, the group highlighted the fact that many students aren’t targeted for being “gay,” but for not conforming to gender norms. That may be a simple fact for some of you, but New York’s Republican party’s not always the most progressive.

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Ephilei
August 14th, 2008 | LINK

A place where all trans, lesbians, and gays are grouped together is bullying: we’re all criticized for not conforming to the two ideal genders, feminine women and masculine men.

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