Equality Ohio To Deliver 80,000 Anti-Bullying Petitions

Equality Ohio will deliver 80,000 petitions to the Union-Scioto school district tomorrow urging the superintendent to adopt protections for LGBT students. The effort comes after Zachary Houston, “a 15-year-old teenager was severely beaten in his high school class room for being gay.” Houston is now speaking about his experiences “and the ACLU is standing behind him, threatening Union-Scioto with a lawsuit unless the school district meets with them about putting and end to bullying and harassment.” A recent analysis from GLSEN also found that Ohio schools have above average rates of anti-gay bias, with one in four Ohio LGBT students having been physically assaulted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.