Blog of Rights


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 agreed to a cash settlement and diversity training for management at 30 of its Louisville-area restaurants.

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…

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…

Great Decision in Our Transgender Discrimination Case Against the Library of Congress!

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 4:28pm

We've just gotten word from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that the ACLU has won our case on behalf of Diane Schroer, a retired Army Colonel who was offered a job as a terrorism research analyst at the Library of Congress,…

Remembering Del

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 2:58pm

Yesterday the LGBT community lost one of its pioneers when 87-year-old lesbian activist Del Martin passed away in San Francisco with her partner of 55 years — and wife of two months — Phyllis Lyon at her side.

Del and Phyllis…

A Florida Town Learns a Hard Lesson about the First Amendment… Or Does It?

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 1:21pm

As students head back to school, things are a bit different these days at Ponce de Leon High School in the Florida panhandle. Following an ACLU lawsuit over the summer, anti-gay censorship by school officials is no longer being tolerated, and the…

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.


Four Things You Should Know about Student Rights and Day of Silence

By Chris Hampton, ACLU LGBT Project at 10:05am
Here at the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project, we get calls and emails from students all over the country who have questions about things that have happened to them at school. Two things we've learned over the years are that many school…
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