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Gay students demand schools recognize law

Date: June 3, 2001
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Writer:Christopher Heredia
Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/06/03/MN98984.DTL
Email: chronletters@sfgate.com
Fax: 415-896-1107

Summary: Ab537, the new that that prohibits harassment against gays in schools, is a step in the right direction, although some people believe that it is not enough. In a survey of 140 students sponsored by Human Rights Watch, it was found that nearly every one had been a witness to incidents involving verbal or other nonphysical harassment based soley on a person's percieved sexual orientation. This surprising news prompted many students to take matters into their own hands. They feel that the main problem is just that students and teachers are not educated enough to really stop the harassment. Because of this, students, with the help of a few teachers, are forming their own Gay-Straight Alliances for the purpose of education and awareness. The students hope that with the passing of the law and the new formation of Gay-Straight Alliances around the country, school districts will not only feel a legal obligation, but an ethical obligation as well to helping persecuted gay students.

Summarized by: Elissa Perreau



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