Bullying & Discrimination toward LGBT youth in schools

Patrice Ford, Niante Ricks, Stephany Gonzales, Hasan Hart

What does it mean to be bullied?

Personal Stories…

Problem

  • New Orleans schools need to create programs that focus on bullying and discrimination
  • There are laws that exist that prevent teachers from speaking out on discrimination towards LGBT youth in schools

30%

http://www.usatoday.com/story/newt-bullying-suicides/2867781/s/nation/2013/09/25/studen

Girls > Boys

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Almost 80%

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2012/08/08/school-culture-can-contribute-to-bullying-of-lgbt-immigrant-students

90% & 36%

Supporters & Opponents

Opposers:

  • LA Governor Bobby Jindal opposes rights for LGBTQ identifiers.
  • Some religious groups - Louisiana is a very conservative state

Supporters:

  • GLSEN, organization created to bring equality between Straight and Gay youth, and create a bigger support system.
  • Dan Savage and Terry Miller, authors of the book It Gets Better

http://www.glsen.org/article/state-maps

Alternative Policies

  • Require schools to have anti-bullying courses
  • Create a Rewards Systems for students and teachers who are stepping up against bullying
  • Petition state legislature to improve anti-bullying laws and remove “No Promo Homo” laws.

Solutions Part 1

We need the Louisiana State Legislature to reconsider the “No Promo Homo” laws so teachers will be able to advocate for LGBTQ youth.

(RS 17:281, Sexual Health and Identity)

Solutions Part 2

We want to address Patrick Dobard, Superintendent of RSD, to require schools have a plan for bullying and discrimination towards LGBT youth to make students feel more safe on campus.

Requirements:

  • every school has a specific anti-bullying plan;
  • specific lessons on LGBT bullying;
  • create safe spaces or Gay-Straight Alliance organizations

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