Despite anti-bullying law, many schools lack LGBT protections

The recent string of suicides across the nation because of anti-gay bullying has elevated discussions of school bullying, especially in regard to LGBT students, to the national level. It's a debate that's not new in the state of Florida. Florida law requires local school districts to adopt policies which prohibit bullying and harassment of any student or employee in a public K-12 school. But some have questioned the effectiveness of the law, because it does not include specific protections for LGBT students.

Randolph bill that would ban discrimination against LGBT Floridians ‘never even put on the agenda’

Legislation that could fight discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in Florida has stagnated, according to state Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando. Randolph introduced House Bill 361 in an effort provide Florida's LGBT community with the same protections currently afforded to individuals against unfair treatment based on sex, race, age or disability.