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NY group wins OK to organize PTA for gay students

NY group wins approval to organize PTA group focusing on needs of gay students By The Associated Press

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) ' A New York group has won approval to organize the first Parent Teacher Association unit in the country dedicated to the needs of gay and lesbian youths.

The news was confirmed Thursday by David Kilmnick. He's executive director of the Long Island GLBT Services Network.

Kilmnick says representatives of the state and national PTA will present organizers of the newly formed regional chapter with their charter at a meeting in Garden City next week.

An official with the national PTA says the organization knows of no other PTA dedicated to advocating for gay students.

Kilmnick says anyone is welcome to join.

The group will advocate for stronger measures to protect Long Island students from bullying. It also will seek to add the contributions of gays to school curriculums.

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