HATRED IN THE HALLWAYS
VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER
STUDENTS IN U.S. SCHOOLS
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who attend public schools in the United States are relentlessly harassed and sometimes physically attacked. Each day is an exercise in survival. But not all do survive. Their grades drop, they may become depressed, some quit school, and a few commit suicide.
These students are isolated from their peers and ignored by their teachers. A few have challenged the entrenched prejudice and demanded that school officials protect them from harassment and discrimination. But many school officials succumb to pressure from the community and reject the students' demands.
In violation of the principle of equal protection before the law, local, sate, and federal legislators have condoned intentional and de facto discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, another generation of youth is learning that respect for human rights is selective and that discrimination and persecution are acceptable.
This report challenges these lessons.
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