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“Seth’s Law” Passes, Aims To Prevent LGBT Bullying And Harassment

The state Assembly passed Seth?s Law in a 24-14 vote. The law was named in memory of a 13-year-old boy Seth Walsh who committed suicide after being bullied for being gay.

Seth?s Law aims to prevent the bullying and harassment of gays and lesbians on California schools and college campuses.

San Francisco Sentinel reports:

The Senate yesterday approved Seth?s Law (AB 9) in a 24-14 vote. Seth?s Law is designed to address the pervasive problem of school bullying by providing California schools with tools to create a safe school environment for all students.

The bill is authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and co-sponsored by a coalition of organizations advancing LGBT equality, including Equality California, the ACLU of California, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, and The Trevor Project.

The bill is named in memory of Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old gay student from Tehachapi, CA, who took his life in September 2010, after facing years of relentless anti-gay harassment at school.

?I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate for taking this important step forward to ensure that schools have the necessary tools to prevent any young person from being bullied, harassed or worse because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression,? said Ammiano. ?As a former teacher, I know how important it is for our students to feel safe at school. We have a moral duty to prevent bullying and Seth?s Law will help schools protect students, and prevent and respond to bullying before a tragedy occurs.?

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