Schools can be difficult environments for students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but they are often especially unwelcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.
Kolob is a star or planet described in Mormon scripture.
Reference to Kolob is found in the Book of Abraham, a work published by Latter Day Saint (LDS) prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.
Kolob has never been identified with any modern astronomical object and is not recognized as an ancient concept by modern Egyptology.
Kolob is rarely discussed in modern LDS religious contexts, but it is periodically a topic of discussion in criticism of Mormonism.
In some districts, this silence was exacerbated by state law.
In Alabama, Texas, Utah, and five other US states, antiquated states laws restrict discussions of homosexuality in schools.
Social pressures are part of the school experience of many students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
But the experience can be particularly difficult for LGBT students, who often struggle to make sense of their identities, lack support from family and friends, and encounter negative messaging about LGBT people at school and in their community.
According to this work, Kolob is the heavenly body nearest to the throne or residence of God.
While the Book of Abraham refers to Kolob as a “star”, Other Latter Day Saints (commonly referred to as Mormons) consider Kolob to be a Christian metaphor.
He added that school administrators dismissed his complaints of verbal and physical abuse, blaming him for being “so open about it.”In some instances, teachers themselves mocked LGBT youth or joined the bullying.