Add your name to our open letter!
Every student deserves to be safe at school. But far too often, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students must run a gauntlet of daily abuse and harassment every time they walk through school doors. The damage caused by this type of bullying is serious and lasting. Even more disturbing, the adults who should protect these students often fail to do so.
NCLR is committed to ending this harm and ensuring that LGBT youth are respected, protected, and included in our nation’s public schools. Earlier this year, we filed two lawsuits against Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District on behalf of six students who have experienced continuing harassment and discrimination. We are asking the school district to take serious action to address the bullying and harassment LGBT students are regularly facing. The lawsuits are underway, and now it’s time for you to take action.
Will you support the students of the Anoka-Hennepin School District by signing onto this open letter letting them know that you have their backs? We’ll hand deliver the letter with your signature to our clients in the case against the school district. Because of the amazing generosity to those who have already signed, we raised enough money to place an ad featuring the letter in the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011—the first day of school.
Thanks for standing up for the young people of the Anoka-Hennepin School District—especially now when they need it the most.
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To the Kids of the Anoka-Hennepin School District:
We’ve Got Your Back
You have the support of a huge community who care about you and your success.
It’s the first day of school, and we know that this day brings much excitement and anticipation. Many of you will make new friends and have new and enriching experiences. Some of you may suffer cliques, teasing, and taunting. We know that is so hard to take—but know this—it will stop. There are teachers, administrators and friends in your community who care. We will not rest until school is a safe place where you can learn, grow, and thrive.
No matter what happens on any given day, we are with you. And we and so many others are committed to making sure you understand how amazing you are.
Why do we care so much? Because bullying and harassment of any kind—including bullying of LGBT kids—is wrong, and it must stop. Immediately, without delay.
We've got your back. And we'll stick by you for as long as it takes until you can live your life proudly and safely.