LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER STUDENTS' BILL OF EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS


The right to fair and accurate information about sexual orientation in textbooks and other classroom materials.

The right to unbiased information about the historical and continuing contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all subject areas, including art, literature, science, sports, and history/social studies.

The right to positive role models, both in person and in the curriculum; the right to accurate information about themselves, free of negative judgment, and delivered by trained adults who not only inform lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students but affirm them.

The right to attend schools free of verbal and physical harassment, where education, not survival, is the priority.

The right to attend schools where respect and dignity for all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, is a standard set by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, supported by state and local boards of education, and enforced by every district superintendent, principal, and classroom teacher.

The right to be included in all support programs that exist to help teenagers deal with the difficulties of adolescence.

The right to legislators who guarantee and fight for their constitutional freedoms, rather than legislators who reinforce hatred and prejudice.

The right to a heritage free of crippling self-hate and unchallenged discrimination.


[Modified from a document adapted by GLAAD/SFBA's Project 21 from Project 10 (Los Angeles Unified School District) and from the National Education Association's "Teaching and Counseling Gay & Lesbian Students Action Sheet"]

Special note from The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project: federal law mandates that each school must have a harassment policy, although the policy need not specify any particular types of harassment, such as racial, gender, or sexual orientation. This federal law clearly can be used to advocate for safe schools INCLUDING safety regarding sexual orientation. Furthermore, the Federal Equal Access Law mandates that student-initiated groups be permitted and supported within all public secondary educational settings, thus establishing a federally protected entitlement for students to form gay/straight alliances having all of the rights and entitlements of other student clubs and organizations. Contact The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project for more information.

Special thanks to:
Jessea NR Greenman
The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project*
http://www.youth.org/loco/PERSONProject/
http://www1.usa1.com/~furball/glb/person.html/

*P.E.R.S.O.N.= Public Education Regarding Sexual Orientation Nationally


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