Youth and Students' Rights

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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.

We also offer a robust youth engagement program, including internships, students’ rights conferences and more.

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25 05, 2021

ACLU-TN on Signing of Bill Censoring Academic Discussions on History and Race

2021-05-25T11:10:08-05:00 May 25th, 2021|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

ACLU-TN comment on the governor censoring academic discussions about American history, race, and gender in Tennessee public-school classrooms.

14 05, 2021

ACLU-TN Pushes for Veto of Legislation Censoring Academic Discussions of History, Race & Gender

2021-05-14T11:13:45-05:00 May 14th, 2021|Categories: Press Releases|

We sent a letter urging Governor Lee to veto legislation that would censor academic discussions about American history, race, and gender in Tennessee classrooms.

10 05, 2021

ACLU-TN Urges Governor to Veto Legislation Discriminating Against Transgender People

2021-05-10T15:58:43-05:00 May 10th, 2021|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN sent a letter to Gov. Lee urging him to veto legislation that would unconstitutionally discriminate against transgender people in public schools and businesses.

30 03, 2021

Protect trans young people’s access to gender-affirming health care

2021-03-31T14:27:49-05:00 March 30th, 2021|Categories: Take Action|

On Wednesday, March 31, the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will take up a bill that would prevent transgender youth from receiving hormone treatments before puberty.