Rainbow Learning Rights Project (LGBT)
The Rainbow Learning Rights Project provides representation to youth in education-related matters who are being denied their right to an education on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or that of their parents, whether it is actual or perceived. In particular, the Project files complaints with school districts and the California Department of Education on behalf of students who are being harassed in school, in hopes of ending the harassment and creating a safe learning environment. For youth who are having problems in school due to mental health issues (i.e. school anxiety, nonschool-related depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), undiagnosed learning disabilities, and behavioral issues (i.e. fighting for self-protection, bringing weapons to school), the Project works to get them the support services they need to succeed in school, such as, counseling and tutoring services. In some cases, school districts will use those same laws to discriminate and push students out of the public school system and into segregated special education schools. The Project will advocate on behalf of those students to ensure that they are provided the full benefit of their right to an education.