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Coming Out Still Matters

Coming Out Still Matters

By Adrienne Spiegel, ACLU at 8:13am
Today is the 25th Annual National Coming Out Day, a day to celebrate and support people who are coming out and people who already have come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, allied with LGBT people, or otherwise having an expansive notion of gender and sexuality. The theme of this year's National Coming Out Day is "Coming Out Still Matters." No matter how you characterize your own gender or sexual orientation, coming out still matters for you or someone you know, and it still matters a great deal for the movement for LGBT rights.
ACLU Response to Chelsea Manning's Disclosure of Gender Dysphoria

ACLU Response to Chelsea Manning's Disclosure of Gender Dysphoria

In response to Chelsea Manning's disclosure that she is female, has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and will be seeking hormone therapy as a part of her transition during her incarceration, public statements by military officials that the Army…

One Year After DOMA: A Conversation with Edie Windsor

One Year After DOMA: A Conversation with Edie Windsor

Edie Windsor, with the ACLU's help, fought to have her marriage to her partner of 44 years respected by the federal government. And she won! It's hard to believe it's been a year since the Supreme Court struck down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage…

The American Public Gets It. President Obama Gets It. Why Doesn't Congress?

The American Public Gets It. President Obama Gets It. Why Doesn't Congress?

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 10:46am

Like millions of Americans, President Obama doesn't think it makes a lot of sense to fire an employee or force her to take unpaid leave because she's six months pregnant and needs a stool to sit on while working the cash register.

This is a…

In Colorado, Freedom Should Mean Freedom for Everyone

In Colorado, Freedom Should Mean Freedom for Everyone

By Charlie Craig at 4:54pm

It's an old tradition that a year after a couple's wedding, they eat a slice of their wedding cake.

What's less traditional?

Almost two years after getting married, sitting in court listening to legal debate about whether a bakery was…

VICTORY! Military Ban on Consensual Intimacy Ends

VICTORY! Military Ban on Consensual Intimacy Ends

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:33am

In the late hours on Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 84-15, passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), sending the measure to President Obama for his signature.  Included within the sprawling annual defense authorization…

Why So Few Female Firefighters, NYC?

Why So Few Female Firefighters, NYC?

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 1:15pm

Last Friday, a committee of the New York City Council attempted to answer a simple question: Why is it that in the year 2013, only 37 of 10,500 firefighters in New York City are women? Why is it that only a fraction of one percent of New York City's…

Transgender Military Ban Takes Center Stage

Transgender Military Ban Takes Center Stage

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:41pm

In an interview with Martha Raddatz on ABC's This Week on Sunday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that he believes current military regulations that prohibit transgender individuals from serving openly in the military should be reviewed.

We…

Bobbi and her family

"I should not have had to sue my employer to have a healthy pregnancy or keep breastfeeding"

By Bobbi Bockoras at 1:53pm

As a mother of three children, working in the manufacturing industry, I am truly in the minority: I'm one of 30 women in our facility and the only one with small children. Still, I hardly thought that in this day and age I would have to fight just…

Mississippi - Discrimination is discrimination: GIVE IT UP!

As Mississippi Makes Clear, the Fight is Not Over

By Kelsey Townsend, Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU at 4:25pm

Last night, the Mississippi legislature passed a law that could open the door to allow individuals and businesses to discriminate in the name of religion -- despite opposition from state religious leaders, legal scholars, everyday Mississippians, and…