During her statement last week from the House Floor Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who re-introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), drew attention to the emotional, psychological and physical impact bullying has on LGBT students.
She then called from the House floor for a moment of silence to honor those who are harassed by repeated and aggressive bullying.
If passed SNDA would help to protect LGBT students from bullying and harassment in schools.
LGBT youth experience bullying at school more frequently than their non-LGBT peers. In fact, LGBT youth are twice as likely to experience verbal harassment, exclusion and physical attack at school as their non-LGBT peers. Among LGBT youth, 51 percent have been verbally harassed at school, compared to 25 percent among non-LGBT students; 48 percent say they are often excluded by their peers because they are different, compared to 26 percent among non-LGBT students; and 17 percent report they have been physically attacked at school, compared to 10 percent among non-LGBT students.
Watch her statement, issued the day before National Day of Silence, below: