Youth Pride Band in South Florida Raises Awareness of LGBT Bullying
Music lovers packed the small Amaturo Theater on Sunday night to hear the inaugural concert of the Youth Pride Band of South Florida, a wind ensemble with two aims: Putting on a good show and raising awareness of LGBT bullying.
Twenty-seven local high school students from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties joined the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, an adult band of about 50, to play for an appreciative crowd that ranged in age from kids to seniors.
Read more about this band and its message from Sun Sentinel.
Your help needed to fight LGBT Bullying today!
Today the Senate is considering education reform, and we need your help NOW to make sure that a comprehensive, enumerated anti-bullying policy to make our schools safe for all students is included!
Senator Casey, the lead sponsor of the Safe Schools Improvement Act in the Senate, has filed an amendment to have an enumerated policy incorporated into the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Research demonstrates that enumerated policies make a difference in the lives of students, alleviating the pain and suffering that bullying causes for far too many youth. Enumerated policies have widespread support from a wide range of education, youth development, disability rights, and human and civil rights organizations.
Other members of the Committee need to hear from you now to know that effective protections for at-risk youth have YOUR support. Help build support for Senator Casey’s amendment and effective policies that protect all students. Now is the time to act. It’s imperative that all of the Senators on the Committee hear from us before the amendment comes up this afternoon.
If you are from a state with a Senator on the committee, please prioritize calling your Senator! Your voice will have the most impact. Let your Senator and Committee leadership know you support enumeration to make our nation’s schools safe for all students.
Ask them to support Senator Casey’s enumeration amendment to ESEA authorization
Democrats (by rank)
Tom Harkin (IA) (Chairman of the Committee) - 202-224-3254
Barbara Mikulski (MD) - 202-224-4654
Jeff Bingaman (NM) - 202-224-5521
Patty Murray (WA) - 202-224-2621
Bernie Sanders (VT) - 202-224-5141
Bob Casey (PA) - 202-224-6324
Kay Hagan (NC) - 202-224-6342
Jeff Merkley (OR) - 202-224-3753
Al Franken (MN) - 202-224-5641
Michael Bennett (CO) - 202-224-5852
Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) - 202-224-2921
Richard Blumenthal (CT) - 202-224-2823
Republicans (by rank)
Michael Enzi (WY) (Ranking Member of the Committee) - 202-224-3424
Lamar Alexander (TN) - 202-224-4944
Richard Burr (NC) - 202-224-3154
Johnny Isakson (GA) - 202-224-3643
Rand Paul (KY) - 202-224-4343
Orrin Hatch (UT) - 202-224-5251
John McCain (AZ) - 202-224-2235
Pat Roberts (KS) - 202-224-4774
Lisa Murkowski (AK) - 202-224-6665
Mark Kirk (IL) - 202-224-2854
Anti-Bullying Efforts in Philadelphia: How to Prevent LGBT Bullying?
Anti-bullying has dominated the discussion among mainstream and LGBT websites alike but what seems curiously absent is the discussion on strategies that are helping to quell rates of bullying.
…by highlighting the the efforts of Philadelphia, which has a history of progressive anti-bullying legislation, we can began to understand how anti-bullying legislation works to keep students safe only when proper enforcement procedures are in place.
In a time when GLSEN reports that nearly 90% of LGBTQ students reported some form of harassment within the past year, beginning these discussions on how to implement these policies changes in other school districts could not be more important.
Photo via M.V. Jantzen on Flickr