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Speaking Freely: LGBTQ+ Expression in Schools | Author Event

Speaking Freely: LGBTQ+ Expression in Schools | Author Event

Online & In-Person


In celebration of Transgender Awareness Month, join the ACLU of Delaware, the Lewes Public Library, and other organizations from 5:00 - 8:30 PM for a public discussion of a landmark LGBTQ+ case, the current state of LGBTQ+ rights, and the launch of a new Know Your Rights resource. The evening's schedule is:

  • 5:00 - 5:30 PM Opening reception with refreshment (in-person only)
  • 5:30 - 7:00 PM: ACLU, CAMP Rehoboth, and PFLAG panel discussion (in-person and online)
  • 7:00 - 8:30 PM: Lives in the Law with Margaret A. Nash and Karen L. Graves (in-person and online)

The panel discussion will focus on the new Know Your Rights publication and how it will be used to support students, parents, and teachers in Delaware. The Lives in the Law portion features Margaret A. Nash and Karen L. Graves, authors of Mad River, Marjorie Rowland, and the Quest for LGBTQ Teachers’ Rights. This book examines the important case of Rowland v. Mad River School District in which the U.S. Supreme Court dissent laid out the First and Fourteenth Amendment rights entitled to LGBTQ+ people. The case is frequently cited in support of LGBTQ+ rights. Copies of the book will be available for sale and for signing at the event, with proceeds going to the ACLU-DE.

You will walk away with an increased knowledge of past LGBTQ+ legal battles, an understanding of how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and a sneak peak of the new Know Your Rights guide created by the ACLU of Delaware for students, parents, and educators on LGBTQ+ expression in schools.

Participating in this program will prepare you to assist the ongoing efforts across the state to advocate for LGBTQ rights in schools. You will learn about when and how legal intervention is used to defend our LGBTQ rights, as well as how to use this guide as an educator, parent, administration staff (including counselors), or student.

This event is in-person at the Lewes Public Library, with a virtual attendance option via Zoom. Admission is free for all. Online attendees may join the event anytime from 5:30 - 8:30 PM.

Continuing Education Credit Available: Those attending as attorneys or  educators should email Melissa Bryson, Development Director to arrange for credit in the form of CLE or CEU for your respective profession for attending.

Other sponsors of this event include:
CAMP Rehoboth
Cape Pharmacy
Coastal Direct Primary Care
Delaware Stonewall PAC
Indigo Rehoboth
McAndrews Law Offices
National Association of Social Workers - Delaware Chapter
Parents of Trans Kids and Support Group - PTKDelaware
PFLAG Rehoboth Beach
Transitions Delaware LLC
Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware

NOTE: this session is available to attend in-person at the library or through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER and indicate which you prefer.

If you have need assistance with registration or getting your Zoom invitation, please email us.

Basic written instructions for using Zoom may be found here and a brief video tutorial may be found here. Closed captioning is available for this session. Information on enabling closed captioning in Zoom may be found here.


This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
7:00pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time
Large Meeting Room
Lewes Public Library
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