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REALITY CHECK: Trump Campaign’s Anti-Gay Record Shows a Disturbingly Anti-American View of Everyone Being Created Equal

WASHINGTON - October 19, 2016 -

“The gains we’ve made as a society with LGBT acceptance and rights have been remarkable. As an educator, I’ve seen our school’s hallways turn into a more positive, nurturing environment for LGBT students. But Donald Trump has made bullying seem acceptable again, while his running mate’s anti-LGBT actions are regressive for schools and depressing for all students. Their message to the LGBT community is loud and clear: You are worth less. Hillary Clinton understands we are stronger together – and that means all Americans.” - Jaim Foster, Elementary Educator, Arlington, VA


• A recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, titled “The Trump Effect,” shows some troubling data regarding an increase in bullying in our schools that directly corresponds with Trump’s ascendance:

o More than two-third of teachers in the survey reported students – typically immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have spoken about fears of what this election could mean to their lives and their family’s lives.

o More than half of the teachers reported an increase in uncivil political speech in schools.

o More than 40 percent are hesitant when it comes to teaching about the election.

• Mike Pence is the man behind Indiana’s controversial anti-LGBT law. The law became a nationwide controversy and symbol of regressive social change, and was opposed by the NCAA, Angie’s List and the CEO of Apple, among others, and cost Pence’s state untold millions of dollars in business development.

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