The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America's Public Schools

The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America's Public Schools

by Stuart Biegel
     
 

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Recognizing the right of LGBT students and educators to be out at school.See more details below

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Recognizing the right of LGBT students and educators to be out at school.

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"With The Right to Be Out, Stuart Biegel has presented a thorough, timely, and relevant contribution to the education community on a topic that transcends politics or geography and truly impacts every classroom in the nation. Educators of all backgrounds will find Biegel’s compelling and empathic call for inclusion and self-determination both enlightening and instructive." —John Wilson, Executive Director, National Education Association

"Biegel breaks new ground in framing the right to be out as a nexus between civil rights and civil liberties; an invaluable analysis of law and educational policy for anyone who might dare to envision a school—or a society—that is truly safe, free and fair for every member of the community." —Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

"An indispensible resource for educators, public school administrators, and other professionals involved with legal and administrative issues in K-12 education. School counselors and parents of LGBT youth will also find valuable information and resources." —Library Journal

Library Journal
The structure of this detailed exploration of LGBT students' and educators' legal rights to be open about their sexual orientation and gender identity in the public school environment reflects Biegel's faculty role at both the UCLA School of Law and Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He offers an overview of relevant case law as well as thorough discussions of the current legal environment, the right to be out in the contexts of both the First Amendment right to expression and the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal treatment, and the tensions between the law and the realities of the classroom. In the second part, he examines the public policy implications that arise from these laws. Biegel discusses curricula, pedagogy, sports, and the special challenges faced by transgender youth. While the book is compelling and empathetic, it is more appropriate for school professionals, legal practitioners, and mental health professionals than general readers. VERDICT An indispensible resource for educators, public school administrators, and other professionals involved with legal and administrative issues in K-12 education. School counselors and parents of LBGT youth will also find valuable information and resources.—Rachel Bridgewater, Reed Coll. Lib., Portland, OR
School Library Journal
Biegel's book is divided into two parts. "The Law" lays out the legal background of and challenges for LGBT students and educators through case studies and discussion of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The author concludes this section with an analysis of cases concerning curriculum, religion, and values in K-12 schools with regard to LGBT issues. The second and more readable section for the layperson, "Public Policy," focuses on changing school climate (bullying, religious intolerance, etc.) by altering classroom curriculum and pedagogy. The final two chapters spotlight particularly difficult issues in education: LGBT students in sports and transgender youth. The chapter on sports is particularly weak, not giving any new practical advice and dealing mostly with stories about professional "out" athletes. Although there is not much new material in the chapters regarding implementation of public policy, the book does assemble and explain the important LGBT cases, and together with its extensive notes (65 pages) it can serve as a manual for school administrators, counselors, or researchers.—Betty S. Evans, Missouri State University, Springfield

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816674589
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
09/27/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
418,064
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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