Claim your right to equal education

When it comes to schools, as in many other areas, federal law does not yet fully protect LGBT people – yet there are some legal protections in place that many people are not aware of. The US Department of Education has authority to investigate and address bullying, harassment and discrimination against LGBT students in some circumstances. If you or someone close to you has experience bullying, harassment or discrimination in school, you can file a complaint with Department of Education. PFLAG and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) have launched a campaign to encourage students to do just that. You can find information about filing a school civil rights complaint on PFLAG’s website.

This campaign to engage students and the federal government comes on the heels of GLSEN’s tenth annual National School Climate Survey, which finds continuing threats to the safety, well being and education of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming students. NCTE urges students who have faced bullying or discrimination, and those close to them, to heed the call and file a complaint with the Department of Education today.


4 Responses to Claim your right to equal education

  1. I’m glad to hear about these protections. Are there protections in place yet regarding college applications and transgender students–i.e. can a student be denied admission or be harassed on college campuses because s/he identifies as Transgender?

  2. As PFLAG’s website indicates, Title IX prohibits discrimination based on a person’s perceived failure to conform to sex stereotypes. We encourage anyone who has faced discrimination to file a complaint, and the Department of Ed will pursue those complaints. However, as in all other areas of nondiscrimination law, we are currently facing a patchwork of federal court decisions, state and local laws, and individual institutions’ policies. Today, more than 300 colleges and universities have inclusive policies. For more information, visit the Transgender Law and Policy Institute’s page on college and university policies.

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