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WASHINGTON – An important bill was introduced simultaneously in the House and Senate today that would protect students from discrimination, including harassment “based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity” in public elementary and secondary schools. The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) would help to end entrenched biases towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in our public education system by filling gaps in our federal civil rights laws. Today’s bills were introduced by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). The American Civil Liberties Union strongly supports these bills and urges swift action by both chambers.