No Queer Left Behind: LGBT Students' Education Rights

7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Contact Name:
Liz Douglass
Prof. Orly Rachmilovitz of the School of Law will be speaking at our final lecture of the OUTlook lecture series. Education plays a significant role in shaping one's view of herself and of the world. As such, schools and universities are a primary source for pressures on young queer people to conform to mainstream straight society. But these environments can also promote respect for sexual diversity and facilitate empowerment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. This talk will address the legal protections for LGBT students whose education rights (access to education, safety from discrimination or harassment, and free speech rights, among others) have been violated by their educators or their fellow students. We will examine the meaning and scope of these rights both in schools and in universities, compare rights violations based on sexual orientation to those based on gender identity, and consider how to improve current law for LGBT students in the future. Participants are highly encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences during the discussion part of the evening.