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The right to be out : sexual orientation and gender identity in America's public schools

Author: Stuart Biegel
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : University of Minnesota Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart Biegel
ISBN: 9780816674572 0816674574 9780816674589 0816674582
OCLC Number: 617508634
Description: xx, 300 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
pt. 1. The law : the emergence of the right to be out --The legal foundations of the right to be out --
Emerging rights of LGBT students : the impact of litigation and legislation --
Challenges for LGBT educators : the tension between rights on paper and the realities of the classroom --
Curriculum, religion, morality, and values --
pt. 2. Public policy : implementing the right to be out --
Addressing school climate : goals and best practices --
Creating change in the classroom : curriculum, pedagogy, and LGBT content --
The culture of school sports : from physical education to interscholastic athletics --
Confronting the challenges faced by transgender youth --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Stuart Biegel.

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"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. The Right to Be Out begins with a cogent history and analysis of the dramatic legal developments concerning the rights of LGBT persons since 1968. Stuart Biegel then turns to what K-12 schools should do--and in many cases have already done--to implement right-to-be-out policies. He examines recent legal and public policy changes that affect LGBT students and educators in the K-12 public school system. Underlying all of these issues, he shows, is an implicit tension about the right to be out, a right that is seen as fundamental within LGBT communities today and, legally, draws on both the First Amendment right to express an identity and the Fourteenth Amendment right to be treated equally. Biegel addresses the implications of asserting and protecting this right within the hotly contested terrain of America's public schools ... A safe and supportive educational environment for all students is possible, Biegel concludes, if built on shared values and a belief in the strength of our pluralistic society."--Publisher description.

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