The Student Non-Discrimination Act, or SNDA (pronounced “Senda”), is a bill that that would prohibit public schools from discriminating against students on the bias of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identification.
It would, for example:
—Allow same-sex couples to go to prom
—Allow all LGBTs to take part in any/all extra curricular activities
—Allow students of the same sex to show public displays of affection without getting harassed or punished.
It would also punish any teacher that does not do anything to stop the harassment/bullying of an LGBT student.
Note that all schools that violate this law would lose federal funding and would be allowed to be sued by the students against whom they discriminated.
As a result of this, schools would become a much more efficient place of learning (not to mention much, much safer) for all LGBT students.
To those of you who are wondering “So what? What can I do to help? It’s just a bill”, please know that there is a great deal of things you can do to help turn this bill into a law.
First and foremost, contact your senator and/or representative and tell them that you would like them to support the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R 998/S. 555), and that equal rights are not equal until they are given to everybody. Do whatever it takes—call, email, even visit they’re office if your’e in DC (if you don’t talk to the Representative directly, you will at least be able to talk to a staff member who will inform them of your concern).
Please note that it doesn’t take a myriad of phone calls/emails for Congress to take note of what the people want; a couple dozen phone calls or emails a day is all it takes for an issue to get noticed.
Secondly, I will be going, with a couple of other students, to Congress again to give speeches to Senators and Representatives about this bill sometime in early June. If you have anything you would like me to include in these speeches (a personal story, a question for your representative, a request, etc), please let me know via the submission box on my blog.
Finally, please inform everyone you know about this bill. Reblog, like, tell your friends… do everything you can to get this bill known and passed. LGBT students deserve just as much respect as any other student, and we must make this bill known.
To find/contact your senator: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
For more information on SNDA:
Come on guys, please spread the word. This is a very good post, and as someone who strongly supports equal rights for everyone, I’m all for this.
If anything, please reblog it to spread the word. It would really mean a lot to..well anyone of the LGBTQ community, really.