A number of Colorado’s top lawmakers are among those expressing support for the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in a video honoring Ally Week, which celebrates straight allies of the LGBT community.
The video includes shots of students from Denver’s Auraria college campus holding signs with messages such as “I skipped school today – I was too afraid to go” and “9 out of 10 LGBT students are verbally harassed in schools.”
“More than any other group, LGBT students are the repeated targets of bullying, harassment and even violence,” Brad Clark, executive director of One Colorado Education Fund, the group that produced the video, said in a news release.
“It’s our job as adults to ensure that every young person who sits in our classrooms and walks through our halls is treated with respect and dignity.”
Those appearing in the video include Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and members of Colorado’s U.S. Congressional delegation – Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall and Representative Diana DeGette.
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