Lesbian politico Tammy Baldwin schooled her Congressional colleagues on Day of Silence this morning. Speaking on the House floor, Baldwin chatted about how 500,000 students are shutting their mouths to break the silence on anti-gay bullying.
She then reminded them of Lawrence King and implored our nation’s politicians to support the controversial movement:
This year’s event will be held in memory of Lawrence King, a California 8th-grader who was shot and killed Feb. 12 by a classmate because of his sexual orientation and gender expression. Larry’s death is an unnecessary reminder of what we already know: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students continue to face pervasive harassment and victimization in schools.
As students use their silence to demand schools are safe for all students, it is my hope that we in Congress will use our voices to ensure that it be so.
New York’s Eliot Engel and Lois Capps of California definitely back Baldwin on this one: all three have lent their names to a resolution supporting the Day’s “ideals.” Twenty-eight other politicians have signed on board, as well.
Read the resolution here. Warning, it’s in legalese.