In light of the recent tragic suicide of a boy in Springfield who was taunted at school with anti-gay slurs, I’d like to see the draft Democratic party platform amended to include a statement in support of safe schools.
The language I had in mind would be added to the Education section following the preceding planks a-p as a new plank, serendipitously lettered q, under the header “Massachusetts Democrats support:”
q) A safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth.
Those of us who attended the 4th Middlesex platform meeting heard eloquent testimony from a PFLAG board member on the difficulties glbt youth can face. It was disappointing to see the platform committee overlook this in their draft document.
To make the proposed addition to the platform, 250 signatures of delegates in attendance at the Convention will need to be gathered on the morning on June 6th. If you will be attending the Convention and could assist with signature collection, please email Lynpb “at” rcn.com with your contact information so that we can make arrangements to connect with you that morning and provide you with a clipboard and signature sheets.