U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said June 7 that the government supports formation of Gay-Straight Alliances in schools, according to a report from The Trevor Project.
He made the statement at the Federal LGBT Youth Summit, the organization said.
"Even though the formation of Gay-Straight Alliances has been protected under the federal Equal Access Act since 1984, youth in many communities across the country have been barred by their school districts from forming these supportive safe spaces," said Trevor CEO David McFarland. "Today Secretary Duncan has taken a stand to ensure that youth in public schools no longer have to go to court to start a GSA in their school."
The Trevor Project is a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide-prevention services to LGBTQ youth.