California LGBT Children’s Rights Lawyer

We help put the ‘fair’ back in ‘fair fight.’

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, even more than other young people, report being the victims of harassment, bullying, discrimination in our public and private schools. It begins at an early age, often in mid-elementary school, and can follow the student through his or her entire academic career.

A hostile school environment, with ongoing verbal threats and physical bullying on school grounds, on the bus, and in student housing, can hurt a student’s academic performance and have a devastating effect on the gay teen’s psychological well-being.

For more than a decade, California has recognized the effects of threats and physical violence on LGBT students — and those perceived to be gay or transgender. Legislatures and school boards have drafted laws and regulations, such as the California Student Safety and Violence Act, which prohibit discrimination in California public schools. Gay student bullying is viewed in much the same way as hate crimes under California law.

  • If your son or daughter has been the victim of a campaign of threats and taunting at school, by cell phone, on Facebook, or MySpace …
  • If your son or daughter has been assaulted at school or on the school bus and called names like “fag” or “dyke” …
  • If your child’s possessions have been destroyed or his or her school locker defaced with words like “fag” …

Contact the school district and then contact a California LGBT children’s rights lawyer at The Dolan Law Firm. Call 888.452.4752.

San Francisco School Bullying Victim Attorney

Attorney Chris Dolan has been a legal advocate for the LGBT community for more than a decade. He was the 2008 winner of the Ally Award by the Transgender Law Center. He has been chosen as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” by SuperLawyer magazine for five consecutive years. He was selected as the California Consumer Attorney of the Year. He holds an AV-Preeminent in the Martindale-Hubbell peer-review rating process for “highest legal ability” and ethical standards.*

We understand how devastating school bullying can be for young people — gay or straight. California’s safe schools laws are meant to protect gay students from bullying. Unfortunately, those laws are not always acted upon by school administrators and school districts, who could face a lawsuit if parents choose to sue.

Sometimes teachers and administrators are themselves the problem — calling students derogatory names, making anti-gay statements in class, and failing to protect students when they see an assault.

Contact a San Francisco LGBT Children’s Rights Lawyer

If your student has been the victim of school violence or bullying because he or she is gay or perceived to be gay, The Dolan Law Firm wants to hear from you. Contact a San Francisco school bullying victim’s attorney at our San Francisco law office. We offer a free initial consultation.

Our lawyers work on a contingency meaning that you pay no fees or costs upfront. If we obtain a recovery on your behalf, we receive a percentage of any recovery we obtain for you. No recovery, no fee.

*”AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.” Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.