LGBT Youth News Roundup: July 19, 2013

Portrait of California Governor Jerry Brown

Welcome to the LGBT Youth News Roundup for July 19, 2013!

Here are some of the latest developments:

Law and policy:

•  The Washington Blade provides an update on the federal Student Non-Discrimination Act: “House lawmakers spoke out this week in favor of legislation aimed at prohibiting the bullying and harassment of LGBT students as Republican lawmakers refused a vote on such a measure as part of an education reform bill.”

• California Governor Jerry Brown (pictured above) has yet to sign (or veto) a bill that would clarify protections for transgender students.

•  Oregon school districts in Salem-Keizer and Lake Oswego have taken steps to conform their anti-bullying policies to the Oregon Safe Schools Act.

•  The Montana Board of Regents has voted to broaden the state university system’s anti-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

•  In a heated debate over a non-discrimination policy, an Orleans Parish School Board member claimed there is “no such thing” as the separation of church and state.

Lake County School District Still Failing to Protect LGBT Students & Their Allies

Bayli Silberstein
Bayli Silberstein

Even after an embarrassing and costly legal defeat this past spring in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the Lake County School District still hasn’t adopted a forward-looking policy to protect the equal rights and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their allies.

The district’s school board was expected this week to address a proposed policy affecting the right of middle school students to form gay-straight alliances (GSAs). Instead, the board yet again delayed action. The board will (supposedly) raise the issue at an August meeting before the new school year begins.