Thurmond Introducing Bill That Will Improve the Climate for LGBTQ Students in Schools

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Sacramento - Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D- Richmond) is introducing legislation that will provide for the training of educators in support of LGBTQ students. 

“During a recent town hall, I heard directly from students, administrators, educators, and LGBTQ leaders about the need for additional support for LGBTQ students,” Thurmond said. “There are resources available to make schools a safe place for LGBTQ students.  This bill will train educators in the availability of both school site and community-based support systems available to LBGTQ students.  All students deserve a safe and supportive school environment in which to learn.”

GLSEN’s 2015 National School Climate Survey showed that over 70 percent of students reported verbal harassment based on their sexual orientation. Nearly 30 percent reported physical harassment or assault based on their gender expression, and over 48 percent reported cyberbullying.

There are services that are available to students and educators such as peer support groups, affinity clubs, and other organizations. This bill will ensure educators are aware of these services so they can better connect students in need.

In addition, this bill will also provide for training in best practices for schools including anti-bullying and harassment policies, complaint procedures, and counseling services.

Community stakeholders with interest in this bill, please contact my Capitol office at 916-319-2015.  Equality California is the sponsor of this bill.

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.