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D.C. Enacts Nation’s Most Robust Anti-Bullying Law

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed into law the nation’s most robust anti-bullying bill this morning. The new law requires all District agencies serving youth to have anti-bullying policies. It creates a taskforce to address bullying and intimidation, protects individuals who report incidents, and requires incidents be addressed in a developmentally appropriate manner. The law also establishes sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories, as well as all of the other categories included in the District Human Rights Law.

HRC President Chad Griffin joined Mayor Gray at the bill signing this morning. HRC worked with GLSEN, the Family Equality Council, and the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) in providing model language for the bill, and working to make the issue a priority.

The District now joins 17 other states in prohibiting bullying on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. HRC’s recently released report on LGBT youth, “Growing Up LGBT in America,” paints a stark picture of the reality younger members of our community face on a daily basis. Learn more about the report, and see which states have anti-bullying measures in place.

Photos (c) Pat Ryan / HRC

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