Safety in Schools
Since 1999, NCLR has worked to establish laws and polices to protect LGBTQ youth in schools, as well as to ensure that once protections exist, they are enforced. NCLR is one of the founding members of the Safe Schools Network, a national network of organizations dedicated to ensuring that LGBTQ youth are free from harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity in schools. NCLR is also on the steering committee of the California Safe Schools Coalition, a statewide partnership of individuals and organizations dedicated to eliminating discrimination and harassment on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity in California schools. NCLR has litigated groundbreaking cases on behalf of LGBTQ students.
Since 2005, NCLR has partnered with Legal Services for Children and the National Juvenile Defender Center on the Equity Project, a multi-year initiative to ensure that LGBTQ youth in the juvenile delinquency court system are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness. The Equity Project examines issues that affect LGBTQ youth throughout the delinquency court process—from arrest through post-disposition—identifying obstacles to fair treatment and developing recommendations to prevent discrimination. Learn more about the Equity Project.