ERIC Number: ED459295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
What Schools Need To Know: LGBT Students and the Law.
American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Detroit.; Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, New York, NY.
This document examines legal issues regarding the education and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and the responsibilities of school personnel to protect them. Part 1, "Issues of Freedom," discusses whether students have the right to form LGBT student groups, to express their points of view on LGBT issues, to post relevant information on student bulletin boards, to access LGBT information in school libraries, to raise LGBT issues relevant to classroom discussions, and to take same-gender dates to school functions. Part 2, "Issues of Equality and Safety," discusses whether the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment protects LGBT students from harassment, how the law defines sexual discrimination and harassment, types of conduct considered sexual harassment, whether schools are liable for peer sexual harassment of LGBT students at school, whether school personnel must report abuse or neglect of LGBT students at home, and whether schools are required to have sexual harassment policies. Part 3, "Suggestions for School Personnel," includes making appreciation for diversity and respect for all part of the school mission statement and establishing a peer counseling or support group for LGBT students and their supportive friends. A model anti-harassment policy is provided. (SM)
Descriptors: Bisexuality, Civil Rights, Educational Discrimination, Educational Environment, Equal Education, Homosexuality, Legal Responsibility, School Responsibility, School Safety, Sexual Harassment, Student Rights
For full text: http://www.glsen.org/ binary-data/GLSEN_ARTICLES/pdf_file/1010.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Detroit.; Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan