Postprint version. Published in Journal of LGBT Youth, Volume 6, Issue 2-3, January 1, 2009, pages 135-154.
Copyright © 2009 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of LGBT Youth.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Elizabeth Meyer was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1080/19361650902905624.
This article builds on Lugg's (2006) discussion of surveillance in public schools and how queer youth are resisting schools' current efforts to regulate sexual orientation and gender expression in the U.S. and internationally. Legal complaints initiated by queer youth against their schools for harassment and access to extra-curricular activities are discussed. The number of cases in the past five years has increased significantly and the courts are siding with the youth and their allies, demonstrating that queer youth are significantly impacting the dismantling of heteronormative regulatory regimes and improving the school experiences for themselves and queer adults.