Equal Treatment

When the mother of Jordan’s girlfriend found out about their relationship, she called the school and demanded that Jordan be removed from her position as president of the student council. And the principal did just that. Jordan and her moth complained to the school about the discrimination, and then when their efforts were unsuccessful called the ACLU of Illinois. After ACLU of Illinois lawyers wrote to the school about its unlawful action, Jordan was restored to her student council position.

 

Know Your Rights!

If your teachers or administrators treat you differently from other students because you are LGBT (or the school thinks you are), you don’t have to put up with it! The law requires schools to treat LGBT students the same as other students. Students whose classmates think they are gay are protected too, even if they’re not. Schools can’t exclude students from school or extra-curricular activities such as class projects, student council or sports, because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and they can’t discipline students more severely because they are LGBT. For example, a school may not discipline a lesbian student for holding hands with her girlfriend when it doesn’t discipline non-gay students for holding hands.

 

Straight Allies

The law protects non-LGBT students who stand up for their LGBT friends or speak in favor of LGBT rights. It’s illegal for a school to discriminate or retaliate in any way against non-LGBT students who report harassment or discrimination. Non-LGBT students’ right to speak out for tolerance is protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.