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Bullying among Children of LGBTQ Parents*

GLSEN, 2008. Involved, invisible, ignored: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their children in our nations k-12 schools. New York: GLSEN.

State Laws and Policies

Prior to 2010, Georgia anti bullying statutes did not clearly define bullying and harassment. Moreover, they did not include enumerated categories to protect students from bullying on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, religion, ethnicity or disability.

Georgia Equality and its allies have been working in the Georgia Legislature to pass a uniform, statewide anti-bullying bill since 2008.

In 2010 Georgia Equality along with its partners passed an anti-bullying bill that would force all the school districts in Georgia to update their anti-bullying policy. The new law accurately defines the scope and impact of bullying, requires local school systems to work with faculty, parents, and students to adopt and enforce anti-bullying policies, and makes it easier for students and necessary for school employees to report information about bullying.

Enumerated categories were not required from the new law but local districts have the option of including them. We now have the unique opportunity to ensure that enumerated categories (ie. sexual orientation, gender ID, race, religion, etc.) make it into law across the state, in each and every school district. Enumerated categories are consistently shown to reduce bullying and foster a welcoming environment in schools, not just for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and students perceived as such, but for all students as well.

To find out how you can help, visit www.georgiaequality.org and join their Safe Schools Campaign.

Students of LGBTQ parents are also granted "equal protection" from discrimination under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Other Resources for LGBTQ Families

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