Getting Congress – and Conservatives – to Stop LGBTQ Bullying in Schools
This past week, students across the country participated in the National Day of Silence, an annual event in which they take a 24-hour vow of silence to demonstrate the harmful effects of their LGBT classmates being bullied. Legislation stalled in Congress could help reduce that bullying. Joining Welton this week is Idit Klein, executive director of Keshet, a Jewish organization working to support the LGBTQ community. Keshet joined a coalition of organizations to send a letter a day to Capitol Hill urging support of The Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA, H.R. 1199/S. 403) and the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA, H.R. 1652/S. 1088). Idit talks with Welton about that campaign, the importance of the legislation and why conservatives no longer own the language of values – a change evident in how people of progressive faith are connecting their moral convictions and their political actions.

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