Many of the ways in which schools violate LGBT students’ rights are things we at the ACLU have seen countless times. For example, public high schools try to prevent students from forming gay-straight alliance clubs all the time, despite very clear instructions from the Equal Access Act and over a dozen federal court victories for GSAs over the past two decades. The law is crystal clear, but schools keep getting away with breaking the law far too often.
Students experiencing anti-LGBT discrimination at their schools can contact the ACLU for help, but some of you may first want to try advocating for yourself using one of our many open letters to schools. These letters are PDFs on ACLU LGBT and HIV Project letterhead that explain what the law has to say about a variety of issues that frequently affect LGBT students. Feel free to print any letter that applies to your situation, give it to your principal or superintendent, ask them to reconsider their position, and tell them, “I found this on the ACLU website!”