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Taskforce Works to Enforce California Anti-Discrimination Law

Last year, California voters passed Assembly Bill 537, which expands California anti-discrimination law to include a guarantee that students and faculty at California public schools have the right to a safe learning environment, regardless or sexual orientation or gender identity. However, the law is not widely practiced and students in some California public schools remain the victims of daily harassment and violence because of their sexuality or gender identity. A 36-member taskforce, set up to enforce AB 537, released a report last week recommending the state work to increase educational resources for and about lesbian, gay and transgender people. The taskforce has encountered objections from the anti-gay Traditional Values Coalition of Anaheim, Californian, who believe teaching violence prevention in schools helps spread the message that lesbian, gay and transgender people are socially and morally acceptable.

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Washington Post Ð April 17, 2001

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