Al Franken Introduces Student Non-Discrimination Act in Senate

FrankenSenator Al Franken today introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act in the Senate to combat bias based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

 The ACLU reports: "The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) would help to end entrenched biases towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in our education system. A similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives in January by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and currently has over 100 co-sponsors. The American Civil Liberties Union strongly supports these bills and urges swift action by both chambers."

The ACLU says it would help them in cases such as the one involving Itawamba School District in Mississippi and Constance McMillen, who was forbidden from bringing her female date to the prom.

Jared Polis introduced a similar measure in the House in January.


  1. Larry says

    Not to take anything away from the job he’s doing, but it’s still surreal every time I read the words “Senator Al Franken.” Kinda like “Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.”

  2. Dairyqueen says

    I noticed my two CA senators are not on the co-spnser list. So I contacted them:
    Dear Senator Boxer/Feinstein,
    I am hoping you will sign on as co-sponsors of The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) that would help to end entrenched biases towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in our education system.
    I know you are a champion of civil rights and protecting our kids in the US, so I urge to join the fight against bullying of GLBT students. It sickens me that in 2010 we have to enforce a law to tell people who feel the need to bully someone they feel is less than themselves. I am not surprised because even in our state of CA we have an anti-bully law that is not really enforced.
    I had to endure daily bullying all through my high school years back in the late 80’s because of my perceived sexual orientation. My teachers would just turn a blind eye to it. I had to have my parents and the threat of the local police to step in to try to stop the bullying. Needless to say, it kept going on. My parent could not afford expensive lawyers to defend me. So I just dealt with it. I also failed a lot of classes out fear of going to class or school because of the mental and physical torture.

    So please support and co-sponser this Student Non-Discrimination Act so we can try to stop this. GLBT kids deserve a safe place to learn just like every other kid.

    Thank you.

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