CA Senate Passes Anti-LGBT Bullying Bill for Colleges and Universities
AUG 30 2011 the California State Senate passed the Equality and Equal Access in Higher Education bill (AB 620). Introduced by Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego) and sponsored by Equality California, the bill would help reduce bullying and harassment against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and staff at public colleges and universities throughout California. The legislation would require public colleges and universities to include a policy on harassment and intimidation as part of its student code of conduct and require implementation of a number of the 2009 California Postsecondary Education Commission recommendations, including requiring that there be staff designated to address the unique needs of LGBT students, staff, and faculty.
The bill also codifies in state law the practice, already put into place by many universities, of collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity in the same manner as gender, race, ethnicity and disability, on voluntary demographics sections of university forms. Additionally, the bill updates the state’s higher education code to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression as classes protected against discrimination in portions of the code where this is not currently specified.
That’s wonderful! :)