The Board of Trustees recently amended the language to the Commitment to Diversity portion of the St. Pete College Mission Statement to specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity. ?his is a positive and important decision that was made by St. Petersburg College?said Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County President Rick Boylan, ?GBT individuals, especially students and employees, can now be assured that St. Petersburg College will not tolerate discrimination based on either sexual orientation or gender identity.??he terms Gender Identity are often left out of the equation, it? refreshing to see such an important and strong statement from St. Petersburg College.?/span>
According to the proposal, the new wording of the non-discrimination policy is:
sexual harassment constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex and violates this Rule, the College will not tolerate such conduct.
It? important that organizations, especially educational institutions, specifically state that they prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression?says Boylan, ?e need more organizations to take such an instrumental step toward inclusiveness and equality to recognize the value of all citizens.?/span>