Romney Blocked Anti-Bullying Guide in Mass. Because of 2 LGBT Words
The Boston Globe recently discovered that former governor Mitt Romney’s administration blocked an anti-bullying public school guide from being published in Massachusetts in 2006 because officials took issue with the terms "bisexual" and "transgender."
At the time, Romney’s aides said the guide’s publication was being halted because of the length of the document and officials needed to more time to review it. The Globe, however, was able to get hold of an email that was written by a high-ranking Department of Public Health official that stated the real reason for the delay was because the guide uses the terms "bisexual" and "transgender."
"Because this is using the terms ’bisexual’ and ’transgendered,’ DPH’s name may not be used in this publication,’’ Alda Rego-Weathers, then the deputy commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, wrote.
Rego-Weathers also said in the email that she had been talking with Romney’s office about the report, which was called "Guide to Bullying Prevention," and that it was blocked because the Department of Public Health was its primary sponsor.
The Globe points out that Romney’s administration wanted the guide blocked because it was one of the many steps the Republican’s aides took during his last year in office as Massachusetts governor to separate himself from LGBT related programs.
"Romney put his own political interests ahead of the safety of vulnerable youth,’’ said Don Gorton, a gay-rights advocate and author of the guide.
The 120-page document was not published and distributed until Romney left office in 2008. About 10,000 copies were created during current Governor Deval Patrick’s (D) first term in office.