The ACLU works to ensure that LGBTQ people have equal opportunity to participate fully in civil society. No LGBT person should experience discrimination in employment, housing, or in businesses and public places, or the suppression of their free expression or privacy rights. The ACLU seeks new laws against discrimination, and resists all attempts to weaken the impact of existing nondiscrimination laws.
The ACLU has a long history of defending the LGBT community. We brought our first LGBT rights case in 1936 and founded the LGBTQ Project in 1986. Today, the ACLU brings more LGBTQ cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization does. With our reach into the courts and legislatures of every state, there is no other organization that can match our record of making progress both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion.
By the Numbers
- 50LOVE WINS! Same-sex couples now have the freedom to marry in all 50 states
- 2Only 2 jurisdictions in Louisiana have comprehensive protections for LGBT people
- 31In 31 states there are no explicit employment protections for transgender people