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ACLU Hails Introduction of Key House Bill to Stop Discrimination and Improve Lives of LGBT Students

WASHINGTON - “Passing the Student Non-Discrimination Act is the single most important step that Congress could take to improve the lives of LGBT students in our nation’s public schools,” said Ian Thompson, ACLU legislative representative. “Though the pace of positive progress on LGBT rights over the past several years has been dizzying, there is shockingly no federal law that explicitly protects LGBT students from discrimination and harassment in our nation’s public schools. We urge Congress to pass this bipartisan legislation and in doing so affirm that every student deserves the opportunity to attend school and learn without fear."

ACLU and Bayli Silberstein. Bayli Silberstein is an 8th grade student in the Orlando area, who has an inspiring/compelling story fighting bullying in her school. Now, Bayli is taking her fight national, and will be participating in today’s telebriefing on the introduction of the Student Non-Discrimination Act. For more on Bayli’s story, see here: aclu.org/secure/stand-with-bayli

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