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National PTA Adopts Resolution to Support LBGTQ Students

National PTA Adopts Resolution to Support LBGTQ Students

The National Parent-Teacher Association adopted a resolution during its 2016 Annual Convention & Expo to better support lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer/questioning students in the nation’s schools.

"The resolution calls for federal policies that specifically protect LGBTQ youth and local practices that create and maintain safe, affirming and inclusive learning environments for all students,” the National PTA said in a statement.

The Resolution on the Recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Individuals as a Protected Class supports the interpretation of federal statutory protections to protect against the discrimination of LGBTQ students in schools, as a recent Department of Education guidance controversially clarified.

The National PTA used the resolution to make it clear where it stands on the guidance, saying it supports "current civil rights legislation, Department of Education guidance, and Department of Justice guidance regarding guidance and protecting all children and youth, and ensuring their equal access to education.”

The "National PTA encourage[s] state, local units, and councils to review school policies in regard to bullying and support revisions and amendments to those policies that specifically address the topics of sexual orientation and gender identification/expression as they relate to harassment and bullying,” the resolution said.

The resolution also outlined the National PTA’s support of training educators to support all students and the development of curriculum that integrates "culturally sensitive information on LGBTQ issues.”

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Read the full resolution here.

Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

6/7/2016

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