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Trial Ends in Challenge to Florida Anti-Gay Adoption Ban

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 2:21pm
The LGBT Project and the ACLU of Florida recently completed a trial in juvenile court in Miami challenging a Florida law that bars lesbians and gay men from adopting in the state. The ACLU is representing a gay man, Martin Gill, who, along with his partner of eight years, has been raising two foster children. The ACLU is asking the court to declare the Florida ban unconstitutional and allow our client to adopt the two brothers that the couple have been raising for the past four years.

Knocking on Doors, Talking Face-to-Face

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 7:30am
Phone bank volunteers for FAIR WisconsinWe had hoped to send in more blog posts from Wisconsin than we’ve been able to, but it turns out we’ve been WAY too busy Fair Wisconsin is amazingly organized. 600 people per week have been going out and knocking…

A Gleeful Thought About School Clubs

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 5:46pm

"My two gay dads have a very close relationship with our local branch of the ACLU!"

When the overachieving show choir diva Rachel Berry delivered that line during last night's episode of Glee, I perked up a bit on the sofa. It's…

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…

Sweet Opinion Issued in Whacked-Out Florida Free Speech/Gay Rights Case

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 1:58pm

Yesterday, a federal judge issued his official opinion in a school free speech case that ended earlier this summer. The published opinion is a fascinating read and a thing of beauty for those of us who value the First Amendment and believe in equality…

Rachel Maddow: Pride and the LGBT Landscape

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 4:21pm

In her contribution to the ACLU's online symposium in celebration of LGBT Pride, Rachel Maddow, Air America host and MSNBC commentator, talked to Chris Hampton, Public Education Associate for the ACLU's LGBT Project.

Happy Pride! What accomplishments…

South Carolina Gay-Straight Alliance Seeks Help from LGBT Community

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 5:50pm

If you’re a keen watcher of LGBT news you may have been following the story over the past few weeks about a gay-straight alliance club (GSA) in South Carolina; now is your chance to get involved and help these students out.


"Don't Filter Me" at Six Months

"Don't Filter Me" at Six Months

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project & Joshua Block, LGBT Project at 6:00pm

Last February, the ACLU LGBT Project launched the "Don't Filter Me" campaign to take on the problem of public schools censoring LGBT-friendly content on the web. Today — which just happens to also be Banned Websites Awareness Day…

Protecting LGBT Students Is a No-Brainer

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 3:09pm

With so much recent news coverage on suicides of LGBT youth, those of us who work on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender safe schools issues have a lot on our plate. We're trying to figure out how best to respond to the needs of LGBT youth,…

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…

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