Respect For All News RoundupFriday 27, March 2009
By Brittney Shepherd, Staff Producer | Latest News
News from around the world that directly connects to the issues GroundSpark works on in our Respect for All Project!
A bill that would strengthen anti-bullying legislation to address harassment due to sexual orientation was passed by the Minnesota Senate Education Committee this week and now awaits a vote on the Senate floor. Though met with harsh criticism from anti-gay groups, the panel heard moving testimony from teens from around the state who have been victims of bullying. One student testified, “When I was in sixth grade students began to tease and bully me, calling me homophobic names. I began to skip school at least one day a week. … My grades were deeply affected. Instead of focusing on my school work, I focused on just getting through the day.”
Jennifer Montgomery, a school counselor in Riverside, CA has created an anti-bullying curriculum for sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students utilizing the messages and language from GroundSpark’s, Let’s Get Real. “I have always wanted to work with this age group,” Montgomery said. “They still want to do well. They still have hope, and they’re funny, and there’s a little bit of innocence.”
The board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign approved a policy statement Wednesday saying the group will not support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, if it excludes language protecting transgender persons from discrimination.
“It’s the policy of HRC that the organization will only support an inclusive ENDA.”