Kate Kendell

Take Action: Anoka-Hennepin School District Suicides

Filed By Kate Kendell | July 30, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Living, Politics
Tags: Anoka-Hennepin, Minnesota, NCLR, teen suicide

I'm tired of asking this. And I think you probably are too.

When it comes to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, just how bad do things action-alerts-1-export.jpghave to get before they change?

It's tough being a teenager anywhere, but being a student in Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District is especially hard. Why? Because there's actually a "gag policy" that prevents school staff from talking about LGBT issues.

The bottom line is that this gag policy has created an environment where LGBT kids are relentlessly and cruelly bullied.

Even after seven teenagers in the district, including at least four who were known or perceived to be LGBT, took their own lives, school-district administrators and elected officials refuse to help.

NCLR has filed a lawsuit against the school district demanding that it immediately repeal the gag policy, and to take action to address the bullying and harassment that LGBT students are regularly facing. The lawsuit is underway, and now it's time to take action.

Will you support the students of the Anoka-Hennepin School District by signing our open letter letting them know that you have their backs? We'll hand deliver the letter with your signature to the students we're representing in our case against the school district.

Signing the letter is just the first step. After you sign, we'll give you a chance to help us get the letter (with your name) printed as a full-page ad in the Minnesota Star Tribune.

Thanks for standing up for Anoka-Hennepin's young people--especially when the elected leaders who are supposed to protect them only turn their backs. Sign onto the letter now, and then please share it with your family and friends on Facebook and Twitter.

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