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New York passes LGBT anti-bullying bill

Timothy Kincaid

June 23rd, 2010

From the Gothamist

In a 53-3 vote last night, the state Senate passed the Dignity for All Students Act, which prohibits harassment in school based on “actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.”

“Perceived… gender” is understood to include transgender students. Such a strong bipartisan support is a sign of strong support and gives encouragement for future advances in the state Senate.

The Assembly has already passed the bill and the Governor is expected to sign it into law.

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David Foreman
June 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Man. I wish they would have had laws like that when I was in school.
Anyway, let’s hope this is a good sign of the future in this country.

Mark F.
June 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Bullying in general (not just anti-gay bullying) is a terrible problem in schools and has never been taken seriously enough. In many cases the bullies are guilty of assault and should be criminally prosecuted and well as expelled from school.

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