Watch Al Franken Grill Secretary of Education Pick Betsy DeVos DeVos on LGBT Youths

Watch Al Franken Grill Secretary of Education Pick Betsy DeVos DeVos on LGBT Youths

Secretary of Education Pick Betsy DeVos had a rough going at yesterday’s senate confirmation hearing—not surprisingly though as DeVos has nearly zero understanding of how k-12 and higher education in this country work for people who aren’t billionaires. The highlight for us came when Al Franken confronted DeVos with her family’s stance on gay-conversion therapy and her family’s givings to anti-LGBT group Focus on the Family.

From Lambda Legal: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students contact Lambda Legal every day to seek help being safe at school.  We need a Secretary of Education who will make schools safe for all students, and who won’t tolerate bullying – by peers, parents, or school administrators. What we know so far about Betsy DeVos’s record concerns us. She has supported Focus on the Family, which opposes marriage equality, and her family foundation has funded a group that advances the dangerous practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy.’ Her advocacy for privatizing public education could eject students – LGBT or not – from the protection of federal laws.  A complete confirmation process for Betsy DeVos is necessary in order to fully investigate whether she supports equal rights for LGBT students.

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