ERIC Number: ED460240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to Effective Statewide Laws/Policies: Preventing Discrimination against LGBT Students in K-12 Schools.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, New York, NY.; Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, New York, NY.
This document presents guidance for stopping discrimination, harassment, and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students in schools. Section 1, "Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund on the Legal Considerations for Creating and Changing Statewide Laws and Policies," discusses the various types of statewide laws and policies (civil rights statutes, education statutes, and education regulations or policies); implementation and enforcement of the varying types of statewide laws and policies; and arguments made against the promotion of laws to protect LGBT students (e.g., prohibiting discrimination on the basis of specified factors is wrong because it provides special rights). Section 2, "GLSEN on the Political Considerations for Creating and Changing Statewide Laws and Policies: What's Right for Your State?," presents guidance on mapping the terrain, law or policy options, and considerations that impact all approaches (e.g., religious and privately run institutions, gender identity, special rights or zero tolerance approaches, the importance of enumeration, and staying alert after the bill/policy passes). Three appendices present state regulations; the National School Climate Survey of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network; and selected results from the 1999 CDC/Massachusetts Department of Education Youth Risk Behavior Survey. (SM)
Descriptors: Bisexuality, Civil Rights, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Homophobia, Homosexuality, School Safety, Sexual Orientation, Social Discrimination, State Legislation, Violence
For full text: http://www.glsen.org/ binary-data/GLSEN_ARTICLES/pdf_file/1133.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, New York, NY.; Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, New York, NY.