Two Michigan teens have decided to stand up to their bullying legislature, and demand that they make it better.
Michigan lawmakers recently passed a "license to bully" bill, which explicitly allows students to bully if they have a "sincerely held religious or moral conviction." High school students Katy Butler, 16, and Carson Borbely have started a petition on Change.org that already has 6,000 signatures. They aren't just calling for a return to the status quo -- they're demanding that the law be thrown out and replaced by protections for students that are bullied for specific, common reasons (sexual orientation and gender identity) along with reporting requirements.
Butler couldn't have put it better: "People keep telling us youth that ‘it gets better.’ Well it can’t get better if you don’t make it better. I’m doing my part to help; please do yours.”
And that's not the only way you can "do your part." Write a letter to your former principal explaining what life was like for you -- and what they can do to make it better. Help start a GSA in your town. Film a message to all principals in America demanding they support Gay-Straight Alliances. Create a video about the local actions you take for LGBT youth. Or check out all of our resources for adults and for youth.
Together, we can Make It Better!