New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy
24 West 25th Street, 9th floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 675-3288 ext. 266
fax:  (212) 675-3466

NYAGRA's mission is to advocate for freedom of gender identity and expression for all.

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NYC Dignity in All Schools Act:  fact sheet

Dignity for All Students Act

*         The purpose of the NYC DASA is “to establish strong policies in
our City’s schools prohibiting harassment for any reason including reasons
based, in whole or in part, upon, but not limited to, a person’s actual or
perceived race, color, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious
practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, sex, family composition or
circumstance, economic circumstance, physical characteristic, medical
condition or school performance.”  (NYC DASA, § 1.)

*         The NYC DASA “requires the Department of Education to establish
policies and guidelines that prohibit harassment and bullying, and create a
system for tracking and reporting incidents.” (Press Release of The Council
of the City of New York, June 28, 2004)

*         “DASA explicitly prohibits acts of harassment in school buildings
and facilities, at school functions, and on school buses and public
transportation used by students traveling to school buildings or functions.
The bill requires the Department of Education to develop guidelines that
will create school environments free of harassment, and train staff and
school safety officers to enforce these policies.  In addition, the bill
protects victims of harassment, as well as those who report incidents, from
retaliatory action.”  It also “compels the Department of Education to create
procedures for tracking and reporting harassment.  School administrators
will be required to keep individualized records of incidents, and the
Department of Education must keep a centralized statistical summary of all
cases.”  (Press Release of The Council of the City of New York, June 28,

*         The NYC DASA (Int. No. 188-A) was passed by The Council of the
City of New York on June 28, 2004 by A 45-3 margin.

*         By letter dated July 20, 2004, Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoed The
NYC DASA (Int. No. 188-A) claiming, among other things, that (i) policy on
student harassment is beyond the jurisdiction of the City Council which is
claimed to be limited to the “strictly educational or pedagogic” and (ii)
that NYC DASA is inconsistent with and/or duplicative of state law and/or
the regulations and codes of conduct adopted by the Chancellor and the
former community school boards.  Mayor Bloomberg’s Department of Education
is also opposed to DASA.

*         While there is pending in the New York State legislature a bill
entitled “Dignity for All Students Act,” (S.1925/A.1118), it is currently
stalled for, among other reasons, the protections set forth in the draft
concerning a victim’s gender identity or expression.  In addition, for
example, “the state version does not include protections for activity that
takes place in private settings, such as guidance counselor offices, nor
does it provide protections for faculty and staff who report cases of
harassment or discrimination.”  (Gay City News, April 29 – May 4, 2004.)

*         On September 9, 2004, The Council of the City of New York overrode
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto by a 44-3 margin.

*         On September 10, 2004, Mayor Michael Bloomberg characterized NYC
DASA as a “silly law” that “doesn’t make sense” on the WKRS (98.7) radio
program “Wakeup Club.”

*        The NYC DASA is scheduled to become effective 180 days after final
passage on September 9, 2004, which is March 7, 2005.

NYC DASA Coalition

Ali Forney Center
Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith (ADL)
Asian Americans For Equality (AAFE)
Chinese American Planning Council
Council for Unity
Disabilities Network of New York City
Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York
District Leader Daniel Dromm
The Door
Empire State Pride Agenda
504 Democratic Club
Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats (GLID)
Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD)
Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)
Generation Q
GLOBE / Make the Road by Walking – Brooklyn
Girls Incorporated of New York City
Guillermo Vasquez Independent Democratic Club of Queens (GVIDCQ)
Hispanic Federation
Institute for Education and Social Policy - New York University (NYU)
New York State Senator Liz Kruger
Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn
Latino Commission on AIDS
Latino PFLAG
Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
Mano a Mano
Metropolitan Community Church
NAACP, Mid-Manhattan Branch
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance
National Center for Schools and Communities
New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA)
New York State Council of PFLAG Chapters
New York State Young Democrats
New York Urban League
Out People of Color Political Action Club (OutPOCPAC)
PFLAG Queens
Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
Queens Gays and Lesbians United (Q-GLU)
Queens Rainbow Community Center
NYS Assemblymember Steve Sanders
Sikh Coalition
Stonewall Democratic Club





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