Like, ‘Oh, your dad is a cocksucker, a faggot, he sucks dick.’ …She saw a teacher laughing and that traumatized her even worse.” Students also reported difficulty accessing information about LGBT issues from teachers and counselors, and found little information in school libraries and on school computers.Kolob has never been identified with any modern astronomical object and is not recognized as an ancient concept by modern Egyptology.Kolob is rarely discussed in modern LDS religious contexts, but it is periodically a topic of discussion in criticism of Mormonism.In some districts, this silence was exacerbated by state law.In Alabama, Texas, Utah, and five other US states, antiquated states laws restrict discussions of homosexuality in schools.As students and teachers describe in this report, they also chilled discussions of LGBT topics and themes in history, government, psychology, and English classes.
In others, protections that do exist are inadequate or unenforced.
Schools can be difficult environments for students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but they are often especially unwelcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.
A lack of policies and practices that affirm and support LGBT youth—and a failure to implement protections that do exist—means that LGBT students nationwide continue to face bullying, exclusion, and discrimination in school, putting them at physical and psychological risk and limiting their education.
Josh Greer, a student who has been the target of bullying and discrimination in school, writes in his journal in his bedroom in Cache Country, UT, October 2016.
© 2016 Mariam Dwedar for Human Rights Watch Outside the home, schools are the primary vehicles for educating, socializing, and providing services to young people in the United States.