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WATCH: New PSA Reminds LGBT Kids Of Their Rights In NYC Schools

 

The New York Civil Liberties Union’s Teen Activist Project (TAP) just unveiled a new public service announcement reminding LGBT students in the Big Apple of their civil rights.

As the clip above recounts, kids in New York’s school system can:

* be out at school

* take a same-sex date to the prom

* dress in gender-nonconforming clothing

* use locker rooms and bathrooms befitting their gender presentation

* Access LGBT information on school computers

Given how many young people in this country don’t have these basic civil liberties, that’s actually a pretty big deal. But that doesn’t mean its all rosy for Big Apple students: Teens in the TAP program also created a photo essay, “Criminalizing the Classroom,” exploring the heavy-handed policing and zero-tolerance policies implemented in NYC schools, on view at Variety Cafe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn ( 368 Graham Ave) through the end of July. The exhibit runs through July 1.

 

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One Comment

  • Jonathonz

    Nice…my only argument would be that it hasn’t been a big deal for a long time for a girl to dress in boy’s clothes as the girl was here in the bit about wearing gender non-conforming clothes. It would have been more revolutionary to show a boy wearing feminine clothes as is the reality for many transsexual and questioning biological boys.

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