Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Students to Take Part in Annual Day @ Capitol

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Straight Allied Students Will Take Part in Iowa Pride Network’s 5th Annual Day at the Capitol

Des Moines, IA – March 3 – Dozens of LGBT and straight allied students will meet with Lt. Governor Patty Judge and supportive legislators during Iowa Pride Network’s Fifth Annual Student Day at Capitol.  The day is meant to encourage students to be civically engaged and politically aware.

The event comes at an important time.  In early February, House Representatives Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig and Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, co-sponsored legislation which sought to exclude LGBT students from the 2007 Safe Schools Law.  The legislation died in the House Education Committee. 

“While that piece of anti-gay legislation is dead, we hope that our time at the Capitol will serve as a reminder that every student has a right to a safe school and that all students deserve to be treated with respect—not just from their peers, but from their legislators at the statehouse,” stated Emily Frerichs, a senior at the University of Iowa and Iowa Pride Network Board Member. 

“We also want to thank legislators who have stood by us and show we appreciate them,” said Sara Puffer, a senior at Cedar Rapids Linn-Mar High School and also a board member for Iowa Pride Network.  Puffer described how personalized thank-you cards will be given out and a legislative reception will be held in the afternoon.  

The Day at the Capitol brings students from numerous Iowa cities, colleges and high schools:

21 Cities: Altoona, Ames, Burlington, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Cumming, Des Moines, Forest City, Grinnell, Iowa City, Marion, Omaha, NE, Pella, Pleasant Hill,  Red Oak, Runnells, Lamoni, Sioux City, Urbandale, Waterloo, and Waverly

9 Colleges: Central College, Drake University, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Morningside College, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Waldorf College

15 High Schools: Burlington High School, Cedar Falls High School, Central Academy, East High School (Des Moines), Hinton High School (Sioux City), Hoover High School (Des Moines), Cedar Rapids Linn-Mar High School, Millard South High School (Omaha, NE), North High School (Sioux City), Red Oak High School, Southeast Polk High School, Walnut Creek High School, Waverly-Shell Rock High School, Iowa City West High School, Sioux City West High School


About Iowa Pride Network
Iowa Pride Network empowers students to fight homophobia and transphobia in high schools and colleges by supporting gay-straight alliance (GSA) clubs and providing leadership opportunities and organizing projects centered on social justice. For more information call Iowa Pride Network at 515-471-8062 or by visiting Iowa Pride Network.

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