After receiving harsh criticism for his apparent refusal to sign an Executive Order barring GLBT discrimination among federal contractors, President Obama announced his support for anti-bullying legislation on Friday, April 20.
After a screening of the film Bully, the President endorsed the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act, both of which ban harassment and bullying of students.
"The President and his Administration have taken many steps to address the issue of bullying," according to the White House's official statement. "He is proud to support the Student Non-Discrimination Act, introduced by Senator [Al] Franken and Congressman [Jared] Polis, and the Safe Schools Improvement Act, introduced by Senator [Bob] Casey and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez. These bills will help ensure that all students are safe and healthy and can learn in environments free from discrimination, bullying, and harassment."
Executive director of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, Eliza Byard, praised Obama's actions. “Today's announcement is a vital show of support to students everywhere,” she said in a statement, “of all identities, backgrounds, and beliefs who face bullying and harassment in school.”
The same day, President Obama tweeted an extensive list of his GLBT-related accomplishments; however, this list has sparked a debate among the President’s followers as to exactly how many of these accomplishments were truly his to claim. Others claim the list is not good enough. Regardless, his administration has done more for the GLBT community as a whole than any previous administration.
View the President's tweet in its entirety at https://twitter.com/#%21/BarackObama/status/193353717146320898.