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Gay rights in the US, state by state: by Guardian in America interactive team - guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 8 May 2012. Gay rights laws in America have evolved to allow — but in some cases ban — rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people on a range of issues, including marriage, hospital visitation, adoption, housing, employment and school bullying. The handling of gay rights issues vary by state and follow trends by region. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2012/may/08/gay-rights-united-states 

ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union: 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004; Phone: 212-549-2673; Email: lgbthiv@aclu.org; Website: http://www.aclu.org/ and see, especially, http://www.aclu.org/lgbt/index.html  

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law: a full-service technical assistance, training, and research program addressing a broad spectrum of law and court-related topics affecting children. The attorneys working on the Opening Doors project have, combined, 35 years working in the child welfare legal community. They have represented the child welfare agency, as well as children and youth in the foster care system. They focus much of their work on permanency issues for youth in foster care with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth. Address: 740 15th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005-1019; Phone: (202) 662-1000; Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/child_law.html

"The Kids are Listening" campaign is part of the ABA Center on Children and the Law's Opening Doors Project, which was created in 2005 to increase the legal community's awareness of LGBTQ youth in foster care and the unique issues they face and to provide the legal community with advocacy tools to successfully represent these youth. Phone: (202) 662-1720; Website: http://thekidsarelistening.org

GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, the Washington DC Policy Office: 1012 14th Street, N.W. Suite 1105, Washington DC 20007; Phone: 202-347-7780, Fax: 509-471-4106; Website: http://www.glsen.org

HRC, the Human Rights Campaign: 919 18th St., N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20006; Phone: 202-628-4160, TTY: 202-216-1572; Email: hrc@hrc.org, Website: http://www.hrc.org/

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund: 120 Wall Street -- Suite 1500, New York, NY 10005-3904. Phone: 212-809-8585; Email: lambdalegal@lambdalegal.org; Website: http://www.lambdalegal.org/, and especially http://www.lambdalegal.org/issues/youth


Know Your Rights: LGBTQ Teens & Young Adults
Published on Aug 5, 2013
If you're an LGBTQ teen or young adult, you have the right to feel safe, protected, and to express yourself without fear.
Know Your Rights.

Visit Lambda Legal's Know Your Rights section for more information:

  • What to Do If You’re Bullied
  • Bullying and the Law
  • Same-Sex Dates and School Dances
  • What to Do If You Run Into Problems at Dances
  • Dress Codes
  • Your Speech Rights at School
  • Limitations on Students’ Free Speech
  • Private Schools
  • Public Address Systems and Posters
  • Anti-Gay and Anti-Equality Speech
  • Your Legal Right To Form a GSA
  • Pointers on Starting a GSA
  • How Lambda Legal Can Help
  • Ways to Raise LGBTQ Awareness at School
  • LGBTQ Safety & Awareness at School: A Checklist
  • Keeping LGBTQ-Friendly Websites Accessible
  • Info for Transgender Youth
  • Bullying and TGNC Youth
  • Bathrooms and Locker Rooms
  • How The Law Protects LGBTQ Youth
  • Legal Victories for Youth
  • What You Should Know If You're Living in Foster Care, a Group Home or Juvenile Justice
  • Working With Homeless LGBTQ Youth
  • Info For Congregate Care Providers
  • Info For Foster and Adoptive Parents of LGBTQ Youth
  • Info for Juvenile Justice Professionals
  • Working With Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Youth
  • Info For Families With an LGBTQ Child
  • Basic Facts About Being LGBTQ
  • How to Support LGBTQ Youth
  • How Family Members Can Help Gay-Straight Alliances
  • How to Support Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Youth
  • How to Make Your School Safer for LGBTQ Students
  • What to Do When Harassment/Discrimination Occurs
  • Same-Sex Dates At School Dances
  • How Schools Can Support Transgender Students
  • How Educators Can Help Gay-Straight Alliances
  • How to Make Curricula LGBTQ-Inclusive
  • Teacher and Staff Speech Rights
  • Glossary of LGBTQ Terms
  • National Organizations by Focus Area
  • Regional Organizations By State

NCLR, National Center for Lesbian Rights: a legal center advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, free legal advice and counseling, and public education. 870 Market St., Ste. 570, San Francisco, CA 94102; Phone: 415-392-6257; Email: info@nclrights.org; Website: http://www.nclrights.org/

National Center for Lesbian Rights - Youth Project: advocating for LGBTQ youth in schools, foster care, juvenile justice settings, and the mental health system since 1993. The Project provides direct, free legal information to youth, legal advocates, and activists through a toll-free line; advocates for policies that protect and support LGBTQ youth in these different arenas; and litigates cases that are creating new legal protections for youth in schools, foster care, juvenile justice, and other settings. Toll-free Legal Helpline: 1 (800) 528-6257; National Center for Lesbian Rights. 870 Market Street, Suite 370. San Francisco, CA 94102; Email: info@nclrights.org; Contact: Jody Marksamer, Staff Attorney; Phone: (415) 392-6257 x308; Email: jmarksamer@nclrights.org; Website: http://www.nclrights.org/

NGLTF, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: 1700 Kalorama Road NW , Washington, DC 20009-2624; Phone: 202-332-6483, TTY: 202-332-6219; Email: info@TheTaskForce.org; Website: http://thetaskforce.org/

NSBA, National School Boards Association: 1680 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Phone: 703-838-6722, Fax: (703) 683-7590; Email: info@nsba.org; Website: http://www.nsba.org/ and its Council of School Attorneys: http://www.nsba.org/SchoolLaw/COSA 

PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: 1726 M Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 202-467-8180, Email: info@pflag.org, Website: http://www.pflag.org and especially http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=1274

Safe Schools Coalition: Safe Schools Coalition c/o Rosehedge; 1401 East Jefferson Street, Suite 401; Seattle, WA  98122; Phone: 206-451-SAFE (7233); Email: questions at Safe Schools Coalition.org; Website: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org and see, especially, http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/blackboard-law&policy.html  

Transgender Law and Policy Institute: Email: query@transgenderlaw.org; Website: http://www.transgenderlaw.org

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights: OCR is responsible for enforcing five federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability and age by schools which receive federal dollars. Most of OCR's activities are conducted by twelve regional enforcement offices. OCR offers assistance to schools and colleges, as well as to students and parents, to improve their efforts to end harassment. One caveat: Among the five laws OCR enforces is Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. However, harassment of gay students that is sexual in nature is covered under OCR's Sexual Harassment Guidance issued in 1997 (e.g., groping someone because she's perceived to be lesbian or threatening to rape someone because he's perceived to be gay - these incidents would qualify as sexual in nature). Phone: 1-800-421-3481, TDD: 202-205-5166; Email: OCR@ED.Gov; Website: http://www.ed.gov/ocr


Equality California's Youth Pages: EQCA works to secure protections for all youth, including those who identify as LGBT, so they can grow and learn in an environment that is free from harassment, bullying and discrimination. Since 1999, five EQCA-sponsored bills that protect youth have become law. California Law - EQCA-Sponsored Legislation and Resources. Website: http://www.eqca.org/site/pp.asp?c=kuLRJ9MRKrH&b=4026417


Youth Law Project - Equality Advocates Pennsylvania: provides direct legal services, education, outreach and advocacy to youth affected by anti-LGBT bias in PA, including LGBTQ youth and children raised in LGBT-headed homes. 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 605; Philadelphia, PA 19107; legal hotline: 215-731-1447 ext. 15 or 866-LGBT-LAW; Website: http://equalityadvocates.wordpress.com/2007/10/12/new-youth-law-project/

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