Tom Ammiano Goes After Gay Bullying With New Legislation

Call it Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's new twist to the “It gets better” campaign. The seasoned pol, who is openly gay, is trying to truly make things better for gay teens with new legislation requiring schools to intervene when kids are bullied.

On Monday, he unveiled the language to AB 9, which has been dubbed Seth's Law. The bill, which was named after 13-year-old Seth Walsh, a gay student from Tehachapi who killed himself in September after he was bullied because of his sexual orientation, calls for school districts to implement policies and programs aimed at curbing bullying and harassment.

And although discrimination is not technically allowed in any California school, incidents of gay bullying seem to be handled with the “use your best judgment” philosophy, said Matt Bunch, government affairs manager with Equality California.

And, well, let's face it. Not everyone exercises good judgment.

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