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date: 09 December 2022

LGBTQ Education Policylocked

LGBTQ Education Policylocked

  • Elizabethe PayneElizabethe PayneQueering Education Research Institute
  •  and Melissa SmithMelissa SmithQueering Education Research Institute


LGBTQ education policy includes federal, state, district, or school policies that specifically name lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer students and families, or those that include gender identity and sexual orientation among enumerated protected categories. Significant areas of LGBTQ education policy include antibullying, antidiscrimination, school discipline, sex education, teacher education, parental notification, gender-aligned facility access, and inclusive curricula. Policies explicitly addressing LGBTQ student experiences are most often written and enacted to address bullying, gender-based targeting, and other safety threats that may lead to school drop-out, self-harm, or other risk outcomes. An ongoing and pressing concern is the dangers and limitations of relying on deficit and risk discourses to create policies that are intended to ease LGBTQ youth paths to educational success.


  • Educational Politics and Policy
  • Education, Gender, and Sexualities

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