President Obama endorses Student Non-Discrimination Act

President Obama endorses Student Non-Discrimination Act

The White House has just announced that it is endorsing the Safe
Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) and the Student Non-Discrimination Act
(SNDA), two bills that will protect LGBT students in the U.S.

“The President and his Administration have taken many steps to
address the issue of bullying,” White House spokesperson Shin Inouye
informed Metro Weekly. “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.”

Metro Weekly further explains the two pieces of legislation that have just received Obama’s support:

The SSIA would amend the Safe and
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to include bullying- and
harassment-prevention programs, including ones based on sexual
orientation or gender identity. The SNDA, modeled after Title IX, would
add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal education
nondiscrimination law.

The timing of the news couldn’t be better for the White House, which is fighting off harsh criticism after refusing to protect LGBT workers from discrimination in federal contracting employment.
(Source: Metro Weekly)