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Workshop: Creating Safe Schools for All Youth: Legal/Ethical Issues
August 6, 2013
12:30-3:30 p.m.
Jefferson County Board of Education Classroom
2100 18th St. South
Homewood, Alabama

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Think Twice about "Outing" a Student

Why Enumerated School Policies Are Necessary

The Alabama Safe Schools Coalition is comprised of organizations and individuals committed to ensuring that Alabama schools are safe learning environments where all students are free from discrimination, harassment, and violence.

  
Our Purpose

Students in Alabama schools are currently not protected by existing policies from being discriminated against, harassed, or bullied because they are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Current policies also do not prohibit discrimination against students who are perceived to be “too masculine” or “too feminine” or students who associate with LGBT students or who have parents or siblings who are LGBT.  

Harassment and bullying are the common factors identified in most school shootings reported across the nation in the past decade. 

The ASSC will work with individuals, organizations, and school systems committed to protecting our youth. The ASSC advocates the creation and implementation of comprehensive and inclusive nondiscrimination and anti-bullying policies protecting all students, including sexual minority students. 

Where there is no protection and where there is fear or misinformation, the ASSC seeks to provide the impetus and resources needed to make Alabama schools safe learning environments for all students.


Resources

ASSC provides information, references, training, links to other organizations and websites.  See our Resources page or contact us.

 Facts

  • Alabama received a failing score of 3 out of a possible 100 and ranked 49th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in a survey and analysis of state laws affecting school environments and safety or all students, including sexual minority youth.  (GLSEN, 2004)

  • Alabama law mandates that sex education programs in public schools include the statement "homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state."

  • Alabama laws that have been invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Lawrence v. Texas case in 2003 are still used as a rationale for the retention of discriminatory practices against sexual minority youth.

ASSC member organizations

ACLU of Alabama
AIDS Alabama
Anti-Defamation League, Southeastern Region
Alabama Psychological Association
Association for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama
Birmingham Friends Meeting (Quakers)
Crisis Center Teen Link and Crisis & Suicide Line
Equality Alabama
PFLAG of Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Anniston, and Huntsville
National Conference for Community and Justice, Alabama
National Organization for Women, Alabama Chapter
Teaching Tolerance
YWCA of Central Alabama
Mental Health Association of Central Alabama
Greater Birmingham Ministries