Gay activists oppose “vague” anti bullying bill

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Gay groups are protesting a “vague” anti bullying bill which they believe could leave homosexuals open to abuse in Florida schools.

Equality Florida were joined by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organisation of Women, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, yesterday in opposition to Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff’s new legislation.

They claim it fails to specifically highlight the most vulnerable students such as gays and minorities.

Gay activist Stratton Pollitzer, director of Equality Florida, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, “Right now we have a bill that would undo decades of work to make students safe by repealing all the strongest anti-harassment policies we have in Florida schools.

“It would seem seductively simple to say `all students,’ but it doesn’t get the job done. There are certain forms of harassment that are considered acceptable.”

Ms Bogdanoff, called the protesters “misinformed.” She said she refused to use selective language to define discrimination, “They are saying there are certain children who deserve more protection than others.

“I want to protect all children.”

The proposed bill is expected to be presented to the Education Council today.