From early on, fighting for equality in education was a key part of both the civil rights and women’s rights movements. Activists involved in these movements understood the importance of the public school in reproducing stereotypes and prejudices through the socialization and segregation of children, and by offering different students unequal access to one of society’s most valuable resources available for social advancement. The gay rights movement waited a long time to fight for educational rights, and even now, its members have not fully embraced it as a central issue on which to focus their energies and resources-choosing first to focus on the military and marriage. The fact that they address educational rights at all was forced by the urgency of LGBT youth.