State lawmakers say anti-bullying legislation is a priority this session, but so far, the House and Senate remains split on how to address it.
The Democrat controlled Senate passed legislation earlier this month entirely along party lines with Republicans voting against the bill arguing it doesn’t address all types of bullying or require immediate notification of bullying incidents to parents.
Organizers and speakers of Tuesday’s Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth say they aren’t waiting for lawmakers.
Bullying needs to be addressed now regardless of the sexual orientation, race, or gender of a student.
“We want to give every kid and every educator a moment to themselves,” said Nate Monson of Iowa Safe School.
In its 9th year, the conference will host 900 students, parents, educators, and community leaders.
Monson says the goal is to provide resources to kids who don’t feel like they fit in.
“It’s okay to be different. It’s great that you are yourself,” Monson told Channel 13 News.
One of those resources will come in the form of a comic book.
“What this story tells is the story of Maya Windsor. She is bullied in school because she has two moms,” said Matt Sinovic, the executive director of Progress Iowa.
Sinovic created the book.
He hopes everyone who reads it, from kids to adult, realizes they can step up against bullying and sees bullying doesn’t exist only in the classroom.
“They can learn to stand up against bullying and get exposed to the world around them,” said Sinovic.
The conference is this Tuesday at the Iowa Events Center and starts at 8 AM.
If you want to read the comic book created by Progess Iowa called “Mighty Moxy”, click here.