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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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.

4 11, 2021

Civil Rights Advocates Challenge Tennessee Law Banning Trans Students in School Sports

2021-11-09T14:14:01-06:00 November 4th, 2021|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

We and our partners filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Tennessee law excluding transgender youth from participating in school sports.

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.