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GLSEN Reacts to Indiana's Revised RFRA
Media Relations Manager
GLSEN Statement on Gov. Pence’s Signing of Revised Religious Freedom Restoration Act
NEW YORK (April 2, 2015) – GLSEN’s Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, made the following statement on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s signing of the revised Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“We are glad to see that Gov. Pence has moved to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals from discrimination by businesses, but he has not gone far enough. Without a comprehensive state law specifically protecting residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, it is still legal for LGBT people in Indiana to suffer from discrimination - whether that's a person being fired just for being LGBT, or a student being turned away by a school counselor because of who they are. In a state where 93 percent of LGBT students hear homophobic remarks on a regular basis, Gov. Pence’s inaction in this area is simply inexcusable.”
GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students. Celebrating its 25th year, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN's research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.