It’s been 13 years, an entire generation of students, since California originally passed non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Now, with the state auditor's report on School Safety & Non-Discrimination Laws, we're finally getting some accountability -- and the news isn't good.
Today, the Supreme Court threw out DOMA and restored the freedom to marry in California. Or, in the words of my 21-month-old daughter:
We can all celebrate that. Remembering the intense hostility GSA youth faced during the Prop 8 battle, it’s a relief and a joy to finally close that painful chapter of California’s history. More youth can now dream about starting a family and a future with someone they love.
Why are you part of a GSA club? Do you dream of a country where all LGBT youth can grow up without fear?
Then support and share the stories of LGBT Dreamers.
Late last summer, President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to enable people who came to the United States as children —- commonly known as “Dreamers”—- to apply for work permits and relief from deportation.
I'm thrilled to be at the Ford Foundation's Out For Change event today for their incredible new Advancing LGBT Rights initiative, which sets aside $50 million over the next five years to advance LGBT equality.
Gay-Straight Alliance activists have a message for California schools: you cannot keep ignoring the rights and the health needs of LGBT students. If you do, you will be held accountable.
"President Obama has made it clear that it only gets better because we make it better."
-Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, at the White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools and Communities
Our state's future prosperity and health depends on all Californians having a fair chance to thrive and succeed. However, the growing population of young men of color faces poor health and well-being outcomes at a disproportionately higher rate than their white counterparts. The proliferation of severe school disciplinary measures disproportionately pushes boys and young men ofcolor out of our public education system.
I was so proud to testify this morning in support of the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48), and I’m even more pleased to share the good news that in a vote of 6-3, the FAIR Education Act passed out of the California Senate Education Committee. This important bill addresses what State Senator Mark Leno, author of SB 48, called “the conspicuous absence of protection” when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity in our education laws.