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Why ENDA Matters: True Stories of Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination from the ACLU

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 10:45am
Why ENDA Matters: True Stories of Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination from the ACLU

Haunted by Claims that Churches Will Be Required to Perform Same-Sex Weddings? Don't Be.

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 4:39pm

Jim Nieves and Lisa Panensky of Elmsford, New York, had been planning a costumed Halloween theme wedding at the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow for over a year. But when they recently contacted the church to request that the organist play music…

Why ENDA Matters: True Stories of Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination from the ACLU

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 11:05am

(Also posted at The Bilerico Project and Get Busy, Get Equal)

To illustrate why Congress must pass the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal law that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the workplace, we will be posting the firsthand accounts of people from across the nation who have been fired, refused a job, or harassed in the workplace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This summer the ACLU put out a call for stories, and these are just a fraction of stories we received.

Laura J. Doty, Boise, Idaho
I was hired in April 1997 as an adult probation officer in Power County, Idaho. I was closeted except for my direct supervisor, who had no problem with my sexuality. It was a professional environment, and my peer reviews indicated I was respected and did a good job. I liked being able to help people overcome difficulties and improve themselves. I had letters of recommendation from the prosecuting attorney, a letter of recommendation from my direct supervisor, and positive reviews from a judge and the public defender.

In September of 1997, I ran into a co-worker from the county building at a store and introduced my partner to her. Two days later, the Power County Commissioners called me in and told me I was unhappy at work and I could quit or be fired. I said they would have to fire me.

Schooling Schools on LGBT Student Rights

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 12:22pm

As students across America return to classes, we at the ACLU are preparing to help with yet another school year of defending LGBT students from censorship, harassment, attempts to block them from forming Gay-Straight Alliance clubs, and other types…

Got Milk? Why, Yes, We Have Harvey Milk

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 11:39am

Yesterday morning, a sixth grader in California gave a report in one of her classes. That might not sound like terribly exciting news, except that the report was about Harvey Milk, and the student only got to give her report after the ACLU threatened…

Taking On Web Censorship in Tennessee Schools

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 5:31pm

You may recall last month when the ACLU First Amendment Working Group, the ACLU LGBT Project, and the ACLU of Tennessee first started schooling some school districts in Tennessee for using web filtering software that illegally blocked dozens of LGBT…

McDonald's Eats a Super-Sized Order of its Own Words in Kentucky

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 5:29pm

Nine months after an employee at a McDonald's restaurant in downtown Louisville called a group of gay customers a series of anti-gay slurs – and after the ACLU intervened on the victims' behalf – we're happy to announce today that McDonald's has…

New LGBT Prom Resource for Students

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 3:56pm

Prom season is in full swing, and we at the ACLU are seeing an uptick in calls and emails from students whose schools have either tried to stop them from bringing same-sex dates or tried to enforce rigidly gender-stereotyped dress codes. Both are…

Tell Three: Because Coming Out Is Not Enough

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 5:14pm

For those of us who work for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, it’s been clear for years now that we are slowly but surely getting closer and closer to attaining equality. Thanks to the Lawrence v. Texas decision…

Proposed AR Anti-Gay Parenting Ban: No, Seriously, What About the Children?

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 4:42pm

Anti-gay marriage bans have certainly gotten a lot of attention this election cycle, but there's one other state law on the ballot to which LGBT people should be paying attention.

If passed, Initiated Act 1 in Arkansas would ban anyone…

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