Every day in America’s public schools, more than 9 million students are subjected to anti-gay curriculum laws, commonly referred to as “No Promo Homo” (NPH) laws, that prohibit teachers from discussing LGBT people or subjects in a positive light or, sometimes, discussing them at all. These NPH laws are present in 7 states, and they have significant negative impacts on LGBT students and their classmates. Progress has recently been made in rolling back Utah’s NPH law, and there may soon be more challenges to NPH laws in state legislatures and in the courts. Beyond these laws, there are also significant policy restrictions in place in some states, and there were recent legislative efforts in South Dakota to prohibit discussions of transgender issues in K-12 schools.
Location: Room 402 and 403
Speakers: Eliza Byard (GLSEN); Kevin Hall (Womble Bond Dickinson US LLP); Shannon Minter (National Center for Lesbian Rights); William Eskridge (Yale Law School)