Friday, May 11, 2012

Ask Mitt Romney to Support Efforts to End Anti-LGBT Bullying


Yesterday, the Washington Post reported on disturbing behavior from Governor Mitt Romney’s high school years, including bullying behavior toward a gay classmate that allegedly led to assault.

This is not a simple incident of ‘kids being kids’ — events like this one can stay with a person for months or even years afterwards.

Governor Romney says he’s changed.

We want to believe you, Governor Romney, but actions speak louder than words.

Giving an inadequate apology, which minimized the severity of the alleged attack and ignored the impact it had on the gay student, doesn’t reassure us.

It certainly doesn’t signal to the 84.6% of LGBT students who are harassed each year at school because of their sexual orientation that the person who could be our President understands that anti-LGBT bullying is wrong.

The world has changed since Mitt Romney was in school. Today, there is a growing understanding that bullying and harassment are issues that can no longer be ignored. Members of Romney’s own party have reached across the aisle to support efforts to stop bullying and harassment in our nation’s schools, including the bullying of LGBT students.

So we’re asking for your help to let Governor Romney know how he can show us he’s really changed.Stand with GLSEN by signing our open letter asking Governor Romney to clearly indicate that he will be a leader in federal efforts to ensure that all students, including LGBT youth, are safe at school and protected from bullying.

To send a message to Mitt Romney, go to

"Those that dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the day to find that all was vanity, but the dreamers of the day, are dangerous men, for they may act out their dreams and make them real."


  1. I am not sure if he will genuinely do the right thing with LGBT issues. Oh he might say something now to get votes but I doubt he fully understands what it is for a person to have to be harassed because they are different.

    I myself was harassed just because I came from a different state when I was a child and it is never fun to get treated that way.

  2. I agree that I doubt he will do anything. I have firmly been saying that on the issue of Gay Marriage all the President has done has been to speak words during the campaign season. I don't know if he's even given that much time or attention to the bullying that the LGBT* community faces.

    The best I suspect from Romney is words, but I thought that the petition couldn't hurt all the same.

    I keep hope that the old ideals of people power will still stand.

    - J.A. Fisher