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 lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) people or subjects in a positive light or, sometimes, at all. These NPH laws are present in 7 states, and they have significant negative impacts on LGB students and their classmates. Recently, progress has 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.
Speakers: Eliza Beard (GLSEN); Kevin Hall (Womble Bond Dickinson US LLP); Clifford Rosky (University of Utah); Shannon Minter (National Center for Lesbian Rights); William Eskridge (Yale Law School)