Dov Henin 370.
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Schools will not be able to discriminate against gay pupils if a bill proposed
by MK Dov Henin (Hadash) passes.
The Ministerial Committee for
Legislation will vote on the legislation tomorrow. It is cosponsored by several
Yesh Atid MKs including faction chairman Ofer Shelah, as well as MK Orly
Levy-Abecasis (Yesh Atid) and Labor and Meretz MKs.
The bill adds to the
list of prohibited types of discrimination in the existing Students’ Rights Law
the words “sexual preference, identity and gender.” The Israeli National LGBT
Task Force called for the government to approve the bill, saying it protects
pupils from bullying.
“Because of their sexual preferences, LGBT pupils
are often a target for bullying and humiliation by students and even by
faculty,” task force spokesman Gil Kol said, mentioning an example of a girl
that was not permitted to hang up a drawing encouraging equality for gays and
was ridiculed by her classmates.
“This bill will prevent similar
incidents – and even worse ones of physical violence – and will anchor LGBT
students’ rights and require educational institutions to treat them equally,”