Author Archives: Jonathan C. McKnight

Jonathan C. McKnight

About Jonathan C. McKnight

Jonathan C. McKnight is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2008 with a B.A. in English Rhetoric. Between undergrad and law school Jonathan worked as a middle school math teacher for students with special needs and developed an interest in juvenile rights, privacy law, and economic empowerment for low-income communities. Jonathan is a sommelier and a 200 E-RYT yoga teacher.

LGBT Homeless Youth at Risk, Part 3 of 3

Regardless of a person’s gender, sexual preference, or questioning manner, all people are entitled to have their basic human needs met and to be treated with equality and dignity. To this end, organizations that serve LGBTQ homeless youth need to provide a strong system of support and understanding for this vulnerable population. Comprehending the risks and challenges that LGBTQ […]

LGBTQ Homeless Youth at Risk, Part 2 of 3

The first duty of the government is to afford protection to its citizens yet, despite this truism, government efforts to protect the LGBTQ population only emerged within the last decade. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 criminalizes hate crimes and includes sexual orientation and gender identity among the protected classes. As of this writing, twenty-two states, […]

Houston School Board Refuses To Ban Suspensions

Despite the fact that school boards across the country have banned school suspensions, Texas has yet to join the growing trend. Five Houston ISD school board members voted to keep school suspensions as a last resort for teachers who are “deal(ing) with kids who they can’t contain” in pre-kindergarten through second grade classrooms. The rejected plan also included […]

LGBTQ Homeless Youth at Risk, Part 1 of 3

Homeless youth, sometimes referred to as “unaccompanied” youth, are individuals under the age of 18 who lack parental, foster, or institutional care. Youth become homeless for a variety of reasons, but rarely by choice. Factors contributing to youth homelessness include family dysfunction, sexual abuse, “aging out” of the foster care system, exiting the juvenile justice system, […]