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LAUSD Board Will Consider Curriculum Designed To Reduce LGBT Bullying

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In the wake of the murder of Larry King at the hands of a classmate, LAUSD is considering a curriculum that would promote tolerance and understanding of gays and lesbians, and encourage teachers to step in when they see bullying, according to KTLA.

Sponsored by LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer, the motion, called "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Anti-Bullying Resolution," would attempt to make schools safer for LGBT students.

The resolution will be discussed by the board this afternoon, and according to an agenda for the meeting, the resolution suggests that the LAUSD curriculum include positive portrayals of gays and lesbians, incorporate a sensitivity towards gay and lesbian issues, and that a reminder be given to staff of their legal responsibilities when it comes to bullying prevention, as well as effective ways to intervene.

According to KTLA, LAUSD superintendent John Deasy has expressed his support of the gay community in advance of the meeting:

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"Every single person has value and every single person has dignity regardless of the color of their skin, regardless of their religion or their political orientation or their sexual orientation," LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy told KTLA. "We try to teach tolerance, acceptance and that's the value of any curriculum," he added.