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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

Hanabusa Honors Day of Silence to Raise Awareness of LGBTQ Harassment in Schools

April 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa honored the 22nd annual GLSEN Day of Silence today by co-sponsoring a resolution lauding the student movement and its mission to end LGBTQ harassment, bullying and discrimination.

Today, hundreds of thousands of students in America and around the world attended school in silence to show support for their LGBTQ peers, too many of who experience bullying and harassment at an alarming rate.

Eight in 10 LGBTQ students are targeted and harassed because of their gender expression or sexual orientation. More than half of LGBTQ students say they do not feel safe in school.

The Day of Silence comes amid challenging times for LGBTQ students in America.

The Trump Administration rescinded the Obama administration’s Title IX guidance regarding transgender students. Recently the administration announced that the Office of Civil Rights will not accept complaints about transgender students prohibited from using a bathroom that matches their gender identity.

“The Trump Administration has taken alarming actions in the last year to undermine U.S. Department of Education programs and policies that support LGBTQ students. DOE Secretary Betsy DeVos has repeatedly refused to state whether or not her department will address LGBTQ discrimination in our nation’s schools, in accordance with federal Civil Rights laws. We cannot allow antiquated prejudice and ignorance to impede our children’s or any American’s right to be exactly who they are,” said Congresswoman Hanabusa “Today, and every day I stand in strong support of our LGBTQ students and community and remain committed to combating discrimination and bullying.”