The ACLU of Texas works with teachers, parents, students, and legislators to ensure equality and dignity for all students in Texas, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender identity. We believe that every student in Texas deserves a safe, supportive learning environment with equal access to opportunities and resources. The core of our work promoting students’ rights revolves around eliminating disproportionate punishment of Black and Latinx youth that fuel the “school-to-prison pipeline,” defending and affirming the rights and identities of LGBTQ youth, and protecting students’ rights to privacy and free speech on campus and online.
Learn more about your own rights by clicking on our Know Your Rights materials below.
- 172% of Texas LGBTQ youth have experienced harassment in school related to their sexual orientation or gender identity
- 2More than 3 in 4 LGBTQ students experienced at least one form of anti-LGBTQ discrimination at school during the past year
- 3Need to talk? If you've been discriminated against based on your sexual orientation or gender identity, we want to hear about it.
Reporting Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Harassment
You have the right to be safe at school. You also have the right to be free from bullying and harassment, whether in-person or online, and to hold your school accountable to keeping you safe. Learn more.
Resources for Transgender Youth in Texas
Every student in school deserves a safe, supportive learning environment. That's why we created a resource for transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming K-12 students in Texas. Learn more.
Political and Free Speech in Schools
You do not lose your right to free speech just by walking into school. You have a variety of free speech freedoms within school walls, as long as you follow certain guidelines. Learn more.
Starting a Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) in Your School
Genders and Sexualities Alliances (GSAs) are student-led and student-organized school clubs that aim to create a safe, welcoming, and accepting school environment for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. With a little preparation, you can start your own GSA at your school. Learn more.