This bill was introduced in the House as H.R.1421 by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI-02) and in the Senate as S.773 by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on March 18, 2015.

Summary

This bill prohibits public school students from being excluded from participating in or being discriminated against in federally-assisted educational program on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. It also authorizes federal departments and agencies to enforce these prohibitions by cutting off funding to education programs found to be violating them. 

PFLAG Talking Points

  • Students need to be able to assert their rights. This bill allows students to take a violation to court if they are excluded, discriminated against, or harassed.
  • We need a clear definition of harassment. This bill defines harassment as any action that impedes a student’s learning process and creates a hostile environment at an institute of higher learning.
  • Schools need to be held accountable. This bill motivates schools to tackle discrimination and harassment by authorizing federal departments and agencies to cut off funding to education programs found to be violating the Act.
action