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LGBT School Law 101 - Full Doc

LGBT School Law 101 - Full Doc

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Creation and publication of this guide largely supported by a grant from The Gill Foundation
A joint publication of:
 Advocating for our communities
870 Market Street, Suite 370San Francisco, CA 94102(415) 392-6257www.nclrights.org
870 Market Street, Suite 823San Francisco, CA 94102(415) 865-0176www.transgenderlawcenter.org
LGBT Legal Issues for School Attorneys
IntroductionA. What is LGBT Law?B. What is sexual orientation and gender identity? (Attachment A: Definitions)II.
Issues for School EmployeesA. Sexual Orientation Discrimination1. Fair Employment and Housing Act2. Same-sex sexual harassmentB. Gender Identity Discrimination1. Fair Employment and Housing Act (Attachment B: Compliance Guide)C. Domestic Partnership Benefits1. AB 2052. Insurance Equality Act – AB 2208 (Attachment C: Q&A)III.
Issues for StudentsA. Sexual Orientation Discrimination1. Education Code 200 (Attachment D: A Question and Answer Guide on AB537)2. Federal Protections (Attachment E: A Legal Overview)B. Gender Identity Discrimination1. Education Code 200 (see Attachment C and Attachment F: San Francisco UnifiedRegulations)2. Federal Protections (see Attachment D above)C. Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs1. Equal Access Act (Attachment G: Common Legal Questions and Answers)D. Parental Opt-Out Statutes1. State Law (Attachment H: Q&A)
LGBT Definitions
Transgender Law Center
Ste #823
San Francisco, CA 9410
 (415) 865-0176
An umbrella term that can be used to describe people whose gender expression is nonconformingand/or whose gender identity is different from their birth assigned gender.
Gender Identity
A person’s internal, deeply-felt sense of being either male, female, something other, or inbetween. Everyone has a gender identity.
Gender Expression
An individual’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms, speechpatterns, and social interactions that are perceived as masculine or feminine.
Sexual Orientation
A person’s emotional and sexual attraction to other people based on the gender of the otherperson. A person may identify their sexual orientation as heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, orqueer. It is important to understand that sexual orientation and gender identity are two differentthings. Not all transgender youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer. And not all gay,lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth display gender non-conforming characteristics.
An umbrella term that stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning.” Thecategory “questioning” is included to incorporate those that are not yet certain of their sexualorientation and/or gender identity.
Female or Male Cross Dressers
 Individuals who occasionally wear clothing that is perceived to be conflicting with theiranatomical genital structure.
Drag Queens or Kings
 Female or male cross dressers who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual.
The following definitions were excerpted from two sources. The San Francisco Human RightsCommission’s
Compliance Guidelines to Prohibit Gender Identity Discrimination
and Beyondthe Binary: A Tool-Kit for Gender Identity Activism in Schools.

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