Palm Card: Know Your Rights: LGBTQ Rights in Schools (2011)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth often face harassment and discrimination simply for being who they are. Just the thought of entering the school doors can be a nightmare for many students. But the law requires school administrators and teachers to:
- Protect LGBTQ students from bullying and harassment.
- Treat LGBTQ students fairly and equally.
- Respect LGBTQ students’ free speech and free expression rights.
- Respect LGBTQ students’ privacy rights.
Unfortunately, many school officials don’t know enough about how the law requires them to protect LGBTQ students. That’s why it’s so important for you to educate yourself about your legal rights and what you can do if your school isn’t treating you or other students fairly.