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Al Franken Talks Anti-Gay Bullying

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al franken talks anti gay bullying in schools

Minnesota Senator Al Franken recently introduced a bill, which explicitly addresses anti-gay bullying in public schools.

He has been met with opposition while trying to get his bill enacted, but he's passionate about his endeavor.

Franken on the subject:

“It’s clear that we need to do more to protect our students from bullying and harassment, and it’s time that we extend equal rights to LGBT students. No student should be subjected to discrimination and harassment in school, and we must tackle this problem at every level — local, state, and federal.”

Franken has stated that recent teen suicides resulting from anti-gay bullying has made passage of the federal Student Non-Discrimination Act a priority. We wholeheartedly agree!

Franken's bill would prohibit discrimination against students based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Any schools found in violation of the bill would risk losing funding from federal departments and agencies.

Senator Franken wants his proposed legislation in the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law, which will most likely be voted on next year. He has 25 co-sponsors for the bill as of today, and he's expected to gain more following November mid-term elections.

We wish U the best of luck, Al! You have our complete support!

What do U think of Senator Al Franken's proposed bill?

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15 comments to “Al Franken Talks Anti-Gay Bullying”

  1. 1

    Bullying in general is a problem. I am sick and tired of everyone jumping to defend the gay kids who get teased. What about all the kids who are short, tall, fat, thin, have zits, etc. The focus on the gay angle is diminishing the real problem.

  2. 2

    I don't know what's in this bill, but if Franken is for it,
    than I know I'm against it.
    Consider the source.
    Scum and dumb bottom feeder.

  3. 3

    Re: jeanmarie – But you forget that this is Hollywood (yeah I know Al is from MN) . This cause is noble but everyone who didn't give a rats ass about bullying a few days ago are now pleading with the public (it also gets them noticed). It's like the homeless, refugee adoption, Katrina - here today gone tomorrow.

  4. 4

    But its ok to still bully the fat, geeky, ugly, nerdy kids? Hey were those 2 kids from Columbine gay? Maybe this new law will help prevent another Columbine. Oh wait, they wern't, they were just weird kids that got bullied for that. Oh I guess this won't prevent another Columbine.

  5. melb says – reply to this


    Kids pick on kids that are different period.
    Smart kids are nerds.
    Fat kids are picked on cause they're fat just like ugly kids.
    Poor kids that can't afford clothes from the mall are teased.
    Being picked on for behavior out of the norm is pretty normal.
    Behavior is one of those choice things.
    I can choose to act within the accepted norms of society or I can accept the consequences for not behaving in a manner consistent with society's mores.
    Societies mores won't change over night either, expecting them to or forcing them to just creates resentment.
    If ya want to change the world, there are consequences.
    Sometimes those consequences just flat out suck- in order to change the world be prepared to take on some lumps.
    Grow a spine they come in handy from time to time.

  6. 6

    bullying is bullying it shouldn't matter if the kid is gay or not, its still WRONG. shame on you luvs2tango shouldn't you be on some teabagger website?

  7. 7

    Re: melb – BRAVO. Beautifully stated.

  8. 8

    We don't need another law. Parent, teachers and schools need to handle the problem themselves and kids need to let someone know instead of ending their life. Bullying effects all kinds of kids and not just kids who are gay.

  9. 9

    yes bullying in general is the problem…but the difference is when its other things teachers (sometiems) help out or things get stopped…but when its the gay kids getting bullied none of the teachers say shit, they just turn the other way….all forms of bullying need to be stopped whetever it is for something physical or whatever….but gay bullying is worse becasue there is noone to turn to..and yeah u can stand up, but when u have a football team kicking your ass and u are a little 110 pound dude it wont do much help…Re: melb – and you sir are an asshole your pratically saying the people should be like everybody else that its ok to get picked on cuz ur not skinny, stupid, tall, or rich..

  10. 10

    how do you outlaw bullying ? you can't.

  11. 11

    I cant help but zone out every time this guy opens his mouth and am really not sure why. What a waste-

  12. 12

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  13. 13

    Re: melb – why don't you go say that to kids who've killed themselves or are in deep depression because of bullying. 2 months ago, i would have said the SAME thing as you. and that was because i knew NOTHING of bullying. don't say all that shit. because i actually go to the public schools that are in this article, it pisses me off that you would say something like that about MY FRIEND. who KILLED herself. you ignorant BITCH.

  14. 14

    Re: luvs2tango – well then that just proves your brain cells are melting away. opposing it just because al franken is in it? my gawd, someone help you.

  15. 15

    Re: bbtaddpole – ummm that's because teachers and schools IGNORE it. so of course kids are not gonna want to endure it. so they end their life. get a clue.