Received an email from allout.org today that I felt needed to be shared:
Pop quiz: Can you go to jail in the United States of America for being gay?
Answer: NO! But, if you’re a student in Alabama, your teacher is required by law to tell you that it’s a criminal offense. Really.
We have a chance to stop the lies right now with a brand new bill that was just introduced. But we have to act fast, because there’s only a few weeks before this legislative session is over for the year.
Tell lawmakers to pass the “Oppose hate in the classroom” bill (HB 496) before the next class of students graduates. A group of Alabama students will deliver your signatures straight to the legislators on Tuesday, April 9 so they know how many of us are watching!
Sign before Tuesday: https://www.allout.org/alabama
An entire generation of students are being lied to in Alabama. This includes thousands of LGBT youth, who are being given false information by their own teachers. These lies have the terrible power to hurt students’ mental and physical health, and increase the stigma and shame of being gay.
Right now, Alabama is making it even more likely students will be bullied by their peers, and attacked by their communities if they dare to come out. If Alabama lawmakers don’t feel the pressure from the public and the media right now, this new bill that would end the anti-gay lies won’t even get to a vote. And, we won’t have another chance before 2014.
Sign now and help make schools a safer place for LGBT students in Alabama: https://www.allout.org/alabama
This law is a remnant of a not-so-distant time when you could be jailed for being gay in Alabama, as is still the case in 76 countries around the world. The scary thing is that the negative effects are still being felt by LGBT youth today even though it’s no longer a crime.
We’re coming together now with our partners at Advocates for Youth and AIDS Alabama to say that it doesn’t matter what part of the world you’re from. All people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity no matter who they are or who they love.
Sign before April 9 and your signature will be delivered straight to Alabama lawmakers: https://www.allout.org/alabama
Thanks for going All Out.
Andre, Hayley, Jeremy, Marie, Sara and the rest of the All Out team.