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Out Law: What LGBT Youth Should Know about Their Legal Rights
     

Out Law: What LGBT Youth Should Know about Their Legal Rights

by Lisa Keen
 

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The enormous advances of the civil rights movement have made it easier for LGBT youth to be "out," yet their increased visibility has led to myriad legal issues involving such critical matters as freedom of expression, sexual harassment, self-chosen medical care, and even their right to privacy within their own families.

In this accessible guide, Lisa Keen

Overview

The enormous advances of the civil rights movement have made it easier for LGBT youth to be "out," yet their increased visibility has led to myriad legal issues involving such critical matters as freedom of expression, sexual harassment, self-chosen medical care, and even their right to privacy within their own families.

In this accessible guide, Lisa Keen illustrates how some laws limit the rights of LGBT youth and others protect them. Out Law lays out the basics about federal, state, and local laws that frequently impact LGBT youth and explains how legal authority and responsibility is often vested in local officials, such as school principals.

Keen explains how laws treating LGBT people differently came to exist, evolved over time, and are subject to significant changes even today. Out Law discusses the shifting legal terrain for such issues as when schools can censor messages on T-shirts or library computer research into LGBT-related Web sites. It gives youth tips on how to document efforts to curb their rights and where to turn for help in protecting those rights.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Keen's book is must reading for all gay youth and those who care about them. —Kevin M. Cathcart, executive director, Lambda Legal

"Keen's book is brilliant in its concise and well-researched treatment of complex legal issues for LGBT people. Engaging and accessible, it offers a unique and smart focus on the rights of young gay people in each facet of their lives."—Urvashi Vaid, author of Virtual Equality and Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation

"Jam-packed with information—history, obstacles, and remedies—Out Law is a terrific legal guide for LGBT kids looking to achieve equal rights."—Nancy Garden, recipient of lifetime achievement award by the American Library Association and author of Annie on My Mind

Publishers Weekly
Ajournalist covering LGBT issues and gay legislation for more than 20 years, Keen delivers a sharp and coherent analysis of legal issues affecting LGBT kids today. After expertly guiding readers through a brief, easily digestible history of gay legislation, Keen empowers young gay people to not only know what their rights are but to stand up for them-whether facing threats or harassment from police, a teacher or a kid at school. In each case, she spells out what those rights are and how to properly assert them. Along the way, Keen relates some horrifying and tragic accounts of civil and constitutional rights abuse against LGBT kids, as well as extraordinary examples of those who stood up and made a difference, not only in their own communities, but in shaping the overall climate of gay legislation today. Geared to LGBT teenagers, this important, eye-opening book is also an essential read for any parent with a gay child. Loaded with appendixes, Keen's book gives useful information such as how to look up a law, a time line of legal landmarks, how and where to find legal help and organizations for LGBT youth.(June)

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VOYA - Francisca Goldsmith
Keen, who has had no formal legal education, offers an accessible and well-organized guide to the history, parlance, and practical results of American laws related to the rights of LGBT youth. These include laws related to status as well as sexual and other activities. Some of Keen's assertions are insightful for their plainspokenness-for instance, her description of how a nation that guarantees freedom of religion on the one hand is also informed by a specific religious history. Others seem out of touch-such as her suggestion that today's parents are mostly concerned about teen sexual activity resulting in pregnancy rather than in any other negative result. She does an excellent job of illustrating both law in action and how society's tolerance can be swayed by legal interpretations with the use of actual cases, including those revolving around free expression in schools and private activities in adults' bedrooms. Never straying from the book's theme of legal rights, she does not offer any moral or health cautions when discussing such topics as engaging strangers in sexual activities. Keen addresses youth of high school and college age with respect for their intelligence and experiences and provides suggestions for appropriate use of channels likely to be available to those who are somewhat, although not yet completely, independent as they emerge as young adults.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807079669
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
06/13/2007
Series:
Lesbian and Gay Studies Series
Edition description:
None
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,191,326
Product dimensions:
5.47(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Award-winning journalist Lisa Keen has been writing about LGBT legal issues for over twenty years. Coauthor of Strangers to the Law: Gay People on Trial and former executive editor of the Washington Blade, Keen now writes for the Boston Globe and for gay newspapers in several major cities. She lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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