Two US States seem to be at polar opposites of the world. This is due to mixed news released on May 11, 2018. While the HRC enforced Nevada’s Department of Education’s move to strengthen the protection of diverse students further, HRC dreaded Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for supporting and signing the anti-LGBTQ bill SB 1140.
Nevada’s Department of Education’s choice to proceed with the draft regulation that is urging Nevada school districts to implement clear and easily understandable policies protecting gender diverse students addressed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
Meanwhile, in the southern part of US, the HRC dreaded Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing the anti-LGBTQ bill SB 1140. The SB 1140 is a bill that enforces child welfare organizations to be able to reject qualified Oklahomans that are seeking to care for a child in need. The bill is now the first anti-LGBTQ state bill signed into law in the country this year. It includes denying, interfaith couples, single parents, LGBTQ couples, married couples in which one prospective parent has previously been divorced, and parents to whom the agency has a religious objection.
The state of Nevada has been supporting the LGBTQ community for years. Nevada law has also prohibited discrimination by gender identity in education since 2011. Just last year, the state of Nevada passed the anti-bullying state law. Moving forward, Steve Canavero, Nevada Superintendent confirmed that the Department of Education would proceed with its proposed regulation to address the needs of gender diverse students in Nevada Public Schools. The proposal would give teachers and administrators guidance and support, as well as teaching them how to cater the needs of their LGBTQ students.
At present, fourteen US states and the District of Columbia address discrimination by sexual orientation and gender identity in public education. Studies show that support from family, peers, and other adults that play prominent roles in the children’s, often leads to better outcomes, particularly among transgender youth. This helps with the continuous fight against the LGBTQ youth’s problems that are caused by discrimination, mainly substance abuse, depression, suicide, and violence.
Unfortunately, for most LGBTQ youth, the discrimination continues until they reach adulthood and the new Oklahoma anti – LGBTQ bill SB 1140 reinforces the prejudice against them. Many of the world’s top child welfare organizations are in opposition to the bill. Organizations like the North American Council on Adoptable Children, Foster Club and Voice For Adoption, Child Welfare League of America, and the National Center for Adoption and Permanency; have all spoken their minds and said that the bill mostly harms the children in the foster care and adoption system.
This is due to the children being denied love and homes. Experts from the organizations say that child welfare services must be guided by all family laws, which the Oklahoma anti-LGBTQ bill violates. The family laws state that all determinations should be in the best interest of the child, the new anti-LGBT bill disrespect that rule and is against it.
Research consistently shows that LGBTQ youth are misrepresented in the foster care system, the misrepresentations mostly include LGBTQ youth being rejected proper homes and most of them being disowned by their original families because of their LGBTQ status. The studies have shown that the cruelty and discrimination during their stay in foster care.
Studies show that states that lack LGBTQ non-discrimination protection have higher rates of suicide than the states that have them. An example of which is the suicide rates among the residents of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida are estimated to be 15.1%, and the suicide rates in states with non-discrimination protection, such as Nevada and New York, have 12.3% and 8.5% rates respectively.