Student Non-Discrimination Act (S. 1088 / H.R. 1652)
Protect Against Discrimination In Schools
A top priority bill for GLSEN, the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) would prohibit discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. It would give LGBT students similar rights and protections against harassment as those that currently apply to students based on race and gender.
Every day, students who are (or are perceived to be) lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are subjected to pervasive discrimination, including harassment and bullying. While federal laws ban discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, and national origin, they do not explicitly cover sexual orientation or gender identity. As a result, LGBT students and their parents have few legal options when faced with school-based discrimination.
GLSEN is proud to partner with more than 80 organizations in support of SNDA. This important legislation is led by Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) in the House of Representatives, where it has bipartisan support. It was led last Congress in the Senate by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and is expected to be reintroduced there in the near future.
The Student Non-Discrimination Act was reintroduced in the House by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on April 18, 2013. We’re working to get SNDA passed into law. You can help. Contact your Member of Congress and support SNDA today.