Paterson Signs Anti-Bullying Law

Published: September 8, 2010

In a ceremony that brought together advocates for LGBT youth, members of the State Legislature and City Council, and other elected officials, Governor David A. Paterson signed the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) on September 8.

The event at Manhattan’s LGBT Community Center on West 13th Street, which was something of a valedictory appearance before a gay audience by a New York chief executive outspoken in his support for LGBT political goals, completed a decade-long effort to enact anti-bullying and anti-harassment protections for public school students based on a wide array of categories, including sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

The first law approved by New York State to include reference to gender identity and expression, DASA is the most significant piece of LGBT civil rights legislation since passage of the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) in late 2002.

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