LGBTQ Rights

Equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.

Victories in the courts, legislatures, and court of public opinion

The struggle for legal equality for LGBTQ people rests on several fundamental constitutional principles:

  • Equal Protection is guaranteed by the 5th and 14th Amendments
  • Freedom of speech and association, including the right to form social and political organizations, to socialize, to produce works of art with LGBTQ themes, and to speak out, is guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Since 1936, the ACLU has protected LGBTQ rights. Today, the ACLU brings more cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization does.


District Court Issues Injunction Against Guidance Protecting Transgender Students

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – A U.S. District Court judge today issued a preliminary injunction against the federal government’s guidance to public school districts regarding their legal responsibility to allow transgender... Read More

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LGBTQ Rights

New California History-Social Science Framework Approved by State Ed Board

SACRAMENTO -  The California State Board of Education announced today that it has adopted a new History-Social Science Framework. The Framework sets out guidelines for K-12 schools to implement content standards for... Read More


ACLU Statement on Orlando Tragedy

NEW YORK — ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said the following in response to the Orlando tragedy: “The Orlando tragedy has shaken us all. At times like this, we must hold close to our core values. Only by... Read More


ACLU Statement on Lawsuit Challenging President’s Transgender Guidance

NEW YORK — Eleven states have announced legal action against the Obama administration following the release of guidance on how schools treat transgender students.James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT Project... Read More


ACLU Will Fight Ballot Initiative Targeting Transgender Californians

 A coalition of leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and allied organizations has formed to battle a proposed ballot initiative targeting California’s transgender community.The coalition... Read More