The Constitution doesn’t place age requirements on our freedoms. ACLU-TN works to ensure that every student has the equal opportunity to attend nurturing and safe schools that provide high quality education free from discrimination. Highlights of our youth rights work include defending students’ free speech and privacy rights, preserving students’ religious freedom, protecting LGBT youth from harassment and bullying, and working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
In the wake of Election Day and subsequent rise of hate crimes on vulnerable communities, ACLU wants to make sure those who feel at risk know their rights and have access to the resources they need.
ACLU-TN successfully settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Giles County student censored by her school for wearing a pro-LGBT shirt.
There are many different ways to be a teen activist, and Stand Up/Speak Up: A Guide for Youth Activists explores the experiences of high school students from across Tennessee who used [...]
As the United States Supreme Court stated, “Constitutional rights do not mature and come into being magically only when one attains the state-defined age of majority.” ACLU-TN works to ensure [...]
The rights of free speech are guaranteed to us by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by Article I, Section 19 of the Tennessee State Constitution. These [...]
We believe that LGBTQ youth should have the freedom to be open (or not) about their identity and ideas in schools and government facilities. The ACLU of Tennessee strives to [...]
When you’re at school, you have the right to be yourself. You also have the right to be treated fairly and with respect by other students and school officials, including [...]
ACLU-TN files a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, on behalf of a transgender high school freshman in Sumner County who is prohibited from using the bathroom corresponding with her gender identity, in violation of federal anti-discrimination law. The complaint calls for the district to be required to permit our client use of the girls’ restrooms and locker rooms at school, and to create a new policy ensuring that all trans students be treated the same as other students.