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NEA Issue Explainer

LGBTQ+ Rights

As Americans, we believe in equality and fairness for all, and together we can end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.
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At the 2019 Representative Assembly, NEA members and then-President Lily Eskelsen García participate in a pride rally.
Published: December 2, 2021
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In South Carolina

Legislative attacks on LGBTQ+ people and children, in particular, have been increasing in South Carolina. Just as we stand up for all people and children across race, place, and faith, The SCEA believes it is our duty to stand up for all educators, school staff, and the children we serve regardless of the makeup of their family, their gender identity, or who they love.

LGBTQ+ people are subject to a patchwork of state and local laws that leave them vulnerable to discrimination in their daily lives, sending the message that they are second-class citizens. 

Discrimination against those who are LGBTQ+, wherever it exists, violates our nation’s core values.

LGBTQ+ youth are particularly vulnerable to prejudice and are more likely than their peers to be bullied, harassed, and attempt suicide.

We need federal laws that afford LGBTQ+ people consistent and explicit protections from discrimination, no matter where they live and work.

Saul Ramos
“Our students always deserve better, and we are the key to creating that success. Let’s stand with them and remind them every single day that they are perfect just the way they are.”

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The SCEA members in the Statehouse

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Your Voice. Our Power. Their Future.

The SCEA is an affiliate of the largest professional association of educators in the country. As the leading advocate for the schools South Carolina students deserve, The SCEA works to promote quality public education and to support public school employees.