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Yorkville Middle Schoolers Help Write Law for New LGBTQ Support in Schools

(DNAINFO) Shaye Weaver | June 10, 2017 — It’s never too early to get involved in politics.

East Side Middle Schoolers are behind new legislation that would ensure all city middle and high schools have resources for LGBTQ students, including gender sexuality alliances or gay straight alliances (GSAs). It also calls on the city to release data about whether each school is meeting its requirements.

The students, who are representatives to District 2’s Manhattan Student Leadership Council (MSLC), worked with city council members over the past two years to write a resolution that was introduced in City Council on Tuesday.

If adopted, the Department of Education would be required to create and support gender sexuality alliances at every middle and high school.

The DOE would also need to publish information on which schools have a GSA, whether existing clubs have a budget, what support each school is providing to the GSAs, whether parents and teachers are involved, how frequently the GSAs meet, and whether teachers have gotten GSA training.

The East Side Middle School students involved, including Chloe Schamiss and Neil Sarkar, already have a GSA at their school and believe that the new legislation would go far in promoting equality in schools across the city.

Source: Yorkville Middle Schoolers Help Write Law for New LGBTQ Support in Schools – Upper East Side – DNAinfo New York