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Transgender Students Face Harassment Despite Anti-Bullying Law

Transgender students in New York continue to face harassment and discrimination at school, according to a recent report from the New York Civil Liberties Union. That’s despite a five-year-old anti-bullying law called the Dignity for All Students act, or DASA. The law bans discrimination based on a whole list of characteristics, including race, religion, gender and gender identity. But when it passed in 2010, the social climate was different. “There was, when DASA was passed, less visibility among transgender students,” says Melanie LeMay, who works at Binghamton’s Identity center for LGBTQ youth.