The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America’s Public Schools

By Stuart Biegel

Despite significant advances for gay and transgender persons in the United States, the public school environment remains daunting, even frightening, as evidenced by numerous high-profile incidents of discrimination, bullying, violence, and suicide. Yet efforts to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and educators, or to enhance curricula to better reflect the experience of differing sexual orientations and gender identities, are bitterly opposed in the courtroom, at the ballot box, and especially in the schools themselves. This book examines recent legal and public policy changes that affect LGBT students and educators in the K–12 public school system.

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*Research funding for “The Right to Out” provided, in part, through a series of grants from the Williams Institute and ADAM, a funding collaboration of Ralph, Michael Dively and Weston Milliken.

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