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Obama Endorses Student Non-Discrimination Act, as White House Screens 'Bully' on National 'Day of Silence'

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The White House today is holding a screening of the documentary Bully with bullying prevention advocates from a wide range of communities, and this afternoon President Obama gave his endorsement to federal anti-bullying legislation.

White House spokesman Shin Inouye released a statement to Towleroad:

“The President and his Administration have taken many steps to address the issue of bullying.  He is proud to support the Student Non-Discrimination Act, introduced by Senator Franken and Congressman Polis, and the Safe Schools Improvement Act, introduced by Senator Casey and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez.  These bills will help ensure that all students are safe and healthy and can learn in environments free from discrimination, bullying and harassment.”

The SNDA would establish a comprehensive federal prohibition against discrimination and bullying in public schools based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It would forbid schools from discriminating against LGBT students or ignoring harassing behavior.

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  1. Damage control.

    Posted by: SteveC | Apr 20, 2012 3:44:17 PM


  2. nice deed...

    but theres countless more tangible ways you can help gays be treated equally

    Posted by: Michelle | Apr 20, 2012 3:53:13 PM


  3. so what? he still supports these kids being considered half human under the law when they get older. oh wait, just the gay kids. firing the straight kids for their religion infuriates him. firing the gay ones?....well, thats okay. no biigie.

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 20, 2012 3:54:39 PM


  4. Student Non-Discrimination Act is good but Employment Non-Discrimination Act is not so important???

    President Obama better get his message straight or he'll be Professor Obama in a year or so.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Apr 20, 2012 4:04:51 PM


  5. Great! Now when HE stops allowing HIS Department of Defense to continue ARBITRARILY discriminating against LGBs in harassment, job protections, and partner benefits NOT banned by DOMA, and keeps his promise to order federal contractors to stop discriminating against LGBTs, call us.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Apr 20, 2012 4:39:12 PM


  6. You people are unbelievable. You can't stop for 1 second and be happy gay students are being recognized by the most important branch of government in the world? Get off your crusade horse once in a while, Goddamn.

    Posted by: Reality | Apr 20, 2012 5:43:01 PM


  7. All this amounts to is election year promises that mean nothing without real support for the real issues, which are DOMA repeal and passage of ENDA.

    Obama's support might have meant something when this bill was first proposed and Democrats controlled both houses but like almost everything else it was shelved in the name of pandering, just as he and Democrats are doing this year.

    This would be about as helpful as the hate crimes bill, that is, not particularly.

    The solution is a federal law that requires school boards to fire, and prevent the rehiring of every school administrator whose school is the scene of anti-GLBT, racist or misogynist bullying and to suspend derelict teachers for six paid months.

    It should provide for mandatory court ordered penalties that include fining the parents and pastors, priests, rabbis and imams of bullies $10,000.00 for each occurrence and using that money to compensate their victims and pay for mandatory anti-bullying classes for all students.

    Democrats, Republicans and other right wingers will violently oppose punishing bigots because their parties are infested by bigots, beginning with Obama, the Bigot in Chief, and that's all the more reason to push for this kind of law.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Apr 21, 2012 3:36:45 AM


  8. As was hospital visitation rights for gay partners, this is a good thing--but also only the minimally decent thing--for Obama to have done. It doesn't warrant giving him any extra credit.

    Posted by: Commenter | Apr 21, 2012 8:47:07 AM


  9. Good Morning,

    My name is Billy Smith. I am from Jackson, Mississippi. I am currently overseas at the moment with the Military (United States Marine Corps). My message pertains to the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA). Representative Jared Polis [D-CO2] spponsered this bill in the house and Senator Franken sponsored this bill in the Senate. April 20, 2012 the Obama Administration endorsed support for the SNDA.

    The purpose according to the written text of the SNDA is "to ensure that all students have access to public education in a safe environment free from discrimination, including harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence, on the the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity..."

    I created this YouTube video in hopes that every member of Congress and the American People will be able to watch it and understand the reason for support of SNDA and will also support SNDA. I hope that you will take the time to watch the video. The link is provided below:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AJ-hJgXUGE&hd=1

    ***PLEASE WATCH & SHARE on your blogs, pages, Facebook, and or twitter.***

    It is titled "Members of CONGRESS & America act: Support the Student Non-discrimination Act " When I was in high school, middle school and late elementary school, I experienced the bullying in bad forms simply because I am gay. I understand what some of the students are going through in public school who my be subjected to bullying for various reasons. That is partially the reason I so strongly support SNDA.

    Please watch.
    Thank you,
    Billy A. Smith

    Posted by: Billy A. Smith | Apr 23, 2012 3:26:15 AM


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