Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Harassment
On March 9, The First Amendment Center will release its latest guidelines to help public schools deal with cultural and religious conflicts. This one, Public Schools and Sexual Orientation: A First Amendment framework for finding common ground is designed to help schools deal with sexual orientation discrimination and harassment without undermining those parents, students and staff who have moral objections to homosexual behavior.
Wayne Jacobsen of BridgeBuilders helped Dr. Charles Haynes of the First Amendment Center broker this agreement with representation from educational, gay and lesbian, as well as religious groups, a product of nearly six months of discussion and negotiation.
This new tool states the issues and the challenges:
Mr. Jacobsen, along with others who worked on the brochure will release this new publication nationally on Thursday, March 9 at a press conference held at the National Press Club at 9:00 a.m. EST and followed up with a forum discussion on CSPAN’s Close-up, which will be aired on Friday evening at 7:00 EST.
It was an honor to work with so many people on guidelines that didn’t fight for the prevailing view of any one group at the expense of any other, but sought the common ground that would guarantee public schools to be a safe place for all staff and students, regardless of our disagreement on the cultural issues. No one should be asked to participate in a public school education that is biased against one’s self. Use the links below to find out more about these guidelines and read them yourselves.
For more information contact: Contact: Wayne Jacobsen, President; BridgeBuilders; www.bridge-builders.org; 7228 University Dr.; Moorpark, CA 93021; (805) 529-1728; firstname.lastname@example.org
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