Iowa Anti-Bullying Bill Excludes LGBTs
As the issue of bullying strives to become important, we are also seeing some bullies at work in our nation.
The recent occurrence has been in the House of Representatives in Iowa. Two Republican house pepresentatives, Jason Schultz and Matt Windschitl, are co-sponsoring a bill which would exclude LGBT students from being protected under the 2007 Safe School Law which is already on the books. The reason for this is to try and reverse the decision of the Iowa Supreme Court to have a reverse on the decision to legalize same-sex marriage.
The wording in the 2007 law and the fact that it protected the LGBT community was what helped in getting the decision made by the Supreme Court supporting the same-sex marriage. By removing the LGBT community from the law, it would have an affect in reversing the outcome of the decision already made by the Supreme Court. This would also make the community a target for Peer Abuse according to the Iowa Pride Network. Representative Schultz knows the bill will go nowhere but the point being made here is that he hopes it will get some discussion going towards making same-sex marriage illegal in Iowa.
Here are some 2007 statistics on bullying LGBT students in American schools from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network:
82% of LGBT students reported that they were verbally abused
41% report being abused physically
22.1% were physically assaulted
60.8% did not feel safe at school because of their sexual orientation
38.4% did not feel safe at school because of their gender expression
73.6% heard demeaning remarks such as "faggot" or "dyke" frequently.
Pam’s House Blend gives an actual photo of the this bill. These statistics listed do not lie and they are disturbing to say the least.Continued on the next page