Equality Utah and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (“NCLR”) reached a settlement with the Utah State Board of Education in their “lawsuit challenging state bans on supportive speech about LGBT people in public school classrooms and student clubs.” The parties filed a joint motion to dismiss on October 5 in the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. The judge is expected to grant the dismissal.
The state legislature unanimously repealed the state law that prohibited any discussion that might be construed as promoting homosexuality in public classrooms in May.
On September 18, the Utah State Board of Education sent a letter to all public and charter schools noting the recent changes to the state’s sex-education laws and stating it “desires each student in Utah public schools to receive a high quality education free from all manner of discrimination, which can take the form of bullying, based on religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”
The settlement terms include “a requirement that the state schools develop and implement a safety plan for LGBTQ students targeted by harassment.”