A new Utah law mandating that schools notify parents when children are victims of bullying could inadvertently reveal a student's sexual orientation to their families, potentially exposing them to rejection, gay rights leaders in Ogden said Tuesday.
"While well intended, this new law will add to the risks for LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] students," said a statement from the Rev. Marian Edmonds, executive director of the OUTreach Resource Center. It "could result in the 'outing' of a student and may very well be a tragedy waiting to happen."
The center is calling for new guidelines for parental notification in gender identity or anti-gay bullying cases, modeled on those in states such as Massachusetts.