Gay rights have come a long way in the United States, but despite some very important improvements in treatment and equality, public schools can be a terrible place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and teachers. Recent reports of bullying, harassment, discrimination, and even suicides are evidence that something needs to be done. Even so, efforts to protect the rights of the LGBT students and teachers seem to be slapped down in the courtroom, at the polls, and especially at the schools themselves. The Right to Be Out discusses the issues faced by LGBT people as they fight to gain equal footing in society and the educational world, tracing the history and legal battles fought since 1968.
Stuart Biegel, author, The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America's Public Schools; faculty in the School of Law and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA