In the 36 years that Lambda Legal has been fighting for equality,
I don’t think there has ever been a moment when so many
victories and opportunities are before us at the very same time
that we face such enormous challenges.
This kit is designed to help you know your rights at school and make sure they’re respected, and to give you concrete ideas about how you can make a difference in your school and community. You have the right to be who you are. You have the right to be out, safe and respected at school.
Lambda Legal is the leading national legal organization dedicated to achieving full civil rights for LGBT people and people with HIV, and we have had an exceptional year. Our high-impact cases and educational programs continue to serve our mission by securing new and expanded legal protections and by amplifying our message in public forums.
John Paul Stevens is one of the nine justices who currently sit on
the Supreme Court. He clearly understands the role of judges in
America and has been on the majorities issuing important victories
for our communities, from Romer v. Evans to Lawrence v. Texas.
He is nearing retirement.
In 1986, I sat in the U.S. Supreme Court gallery when the Court
heard Bowers v. Hardwick, a challenge to Georgia’s sodomy law.
In a shamefully homophobic decision, the highest court in our
nation said it was perfectly legal to brand lesbians and gay men as
criminals. I was utterly devastated and vowed that we would do
everything in our power to ﬁght back.