February 2, 2018 at 1:50 pm EST | by Staff reports
Anti-gay laws in 7 states affect millions of youth
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Texas, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi still have ‘no promo homo’ laws for their public schools.

A research brief released this week from GLSEN finds that millions of LGBT students in seven U.S. states are subjected to laws that specifically target them, the Huffington Post reports.

In Alabama, a statewide anti-bullying law calls on schools to develop policies that foster environments free of harassment, intimidation and violence, although another law says health educators must emphasize “that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public.”

Alabama is one of seven states that currently has a law barring teachers from positively portraying homosexuality in schools. These laws, sometimes called “no promo homo” laws, affect nearly 10 million public school students around the country. They work to decrease teachers’ support of these students and limit students’ access to necessary resources, according to a research brief released Tuesday from GLSEN, a nonprofit that works to support LGBT students.

Utah had one of these laws up until July, when it was repealed, but information from the state is still included in the study. Texas, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi still have these laws. The anti-gay laws in these states operate alongside anti-bullying statutes, which all 50 states have, according to the HuffPost article.

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