National Center for Lesbian Rights

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Education is one of the clearest predictors of a person’s overall long-term health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, school is not a safe and welcoming place for many LGBTQ students. From unchecked harassment to discriminatory school policies, LGBTQ students are not given the chance they deserve to learn and grow. NCLR’s legislative advocacy and litigation is at the the forefront of dismantling the barriers LGBTQ students experience when trying to access their education—as it has been for nearly thirty years.


Cases & Advocacy

Gender and Sexuality Alliance v. Spearman

South Carolina

NCLR and co-counsel filed a federal lawsuit challenging a South Carolina statute that prohibits public school health education from including any discussion of same-sex relationships except in the context of sexually transmitted diseases. The district court entered a consent decree and judgment declaring the challenged provision unconstitutional and barring its enforcement in South Carolina.



Press Release


Schools In Transition

Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools is a first-of-its-kind publication for school administrations, teachers, and parents about how to provide safe and supportive environments for all transgender students, kindergarten through twelfth grade.  View guide

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