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.


In California, We the People Can Protect Our Values and Each Other

By Becca CramerCalifornia is known for being a leader in protecting the rights of LGBTQ people, women, people of color, immigrants, and other marginalized communities. And while we already have great laws in place,... Read More


ACLU Joins San Diego Women’s March “To Repudiate Injustice, Bigotry and Misogyny”

SAN DIEGO – More than five thousand people from throughout the region are expected to participate in the San Diego Women’s March this Saturday, January 21. A contingent of two hundred activists from the San Diego... Read More


SDACLU Demands Public Records Proving Charter School Did Not Discriminate Against Transgender Student

SAN DIEGO, CA - The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties (“ACLU-SDIC”) filed suit in California Superior Court yesterday against e3 Civic High School (“e3”), a charter school located in the downtown San... Read More


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

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