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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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9 03, 2022

ACLU-TN Statement on End of Bill Banning Gender-Affirming Health Care for Transgender Minors

2022-03-09T17:55:13-06:00 March 9th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

A bill that would have prohibited gender-affirming health care for trans minors was sent to a general subcommittee, stopping it from proceeding any further this year.

9 03, 2022

ACLU-TN Statement on “Obscenity” Bill’s Passage in House Criminal Justice Committee

2022-03-09T17:37:52-06:00 March 9th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

Our statement on the bill targeting so-called “obscene” materials in public school libraries.

28 02, 2022

ACLU of Tennessee Files Open Records Request on Hillsdale College Charter School Partnership

2022-02-28T17:23:46-06:00 February 28th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

We sent open records requests seeking info about the governor’s partnership with the private, out-of-state Christian institution Hillsdale College to establish a number of publicly funded charter schools in Tennessee.

10 02, 2022

ACLU-TN Files Open Records Request on McMinn County School Board’s Banning of “Maus”

2022-02-10T13:04:36-06:00 February 10th, 2022|Categories: Press Releases|

In an effort to defend academic freedom, we sent an open records request regarding the McMinn County Board of Education’s recent decision to remove “Maus.”

1 02, 2022

Keep LGBTQ people in Tennessee’s classrooms

2022-02-01T15:28:21-06:00 February 1st, 2022|Categories: General News, Take Action|

This bill is a blatant and vicious attempt to erase the queer and trans community from our public schools, tell law Tennessee legislators that LGBTQ people belong everywhere – in our communities, in our spaces, and in our textbooks.

26 01, 2022

FAQ – How TN Laws Affect Transgender Students in Public Schools

2022-03-29T13:03:35-05:00 January 26th, 2022|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources|

In 2021, a wave of discriminatory bills targeting LGBTQ Tennesseans passed the Tennessee General Assembly and were signed into law by Governor Bill Lee. Here you will find answers to how these new laws affect transgender students.