Blog of Rights

Cause for Optimism During Weeks of Tragedy for the Trans Community

Cause for Optimism During Weeks of Tragedy for the Trans Community

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 1:35pm
It seems basic enough to ask that one be treated like a human being – that a person’s dignity be honored in life and death.
Honoring Chelsea Manning on Her 27th Birthday

Honoring Chelsea Manning on Her 27th Birthday

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 12:18pm

From the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she is serving a 35-year prison sentence for convictions related to leaking classified information to Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning continues to speak out against the injustices…

Television Directing’s Still a Boys Club

Television Directing’s Still a Boys Club

By Melissa Goodman, National Security Project & Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:16pm

This blog was cross-posted from the ACLU of Southern California.

The Directors' Guild of America has released its annual diversity report on TV directing, and it confirms what reports have shown over the past many years: calling "Action!" is…

The Fight for Marriage Equality: From Birth to Death and Every Moment in Between

The Fight for Marriage Equality: From Birth to Death and Every Moment in Between

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 11:30am

After 22 years together, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur faced the devastating reality that John would not survive another year...

A Pride Month Promise – The Trans Military Ban's Days Are Numbered

A Pride Month Promise – The Trans Military Ban's Days Are Numbered

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:30am

By all accounts, Landon Wilson served with honor in the U.S. Navy during a short, but distinguished military career. He was trained as a cryptologic technician, at great expense to the military, and eventually served in Afghanistan where he assisted…

My daughter, Sarah, and I on the way to Pride

What It Means to be Sarah's Father

By Michael Grayson Norris at 9:42am

It was a frigid winter night, and my daughter Sarah was in her college years. She called to ask me to drive up to Burlington, Vermont, as soon as possible. She had something important to tell me. During the four-hour drive, my mind raced with the possibilities…

April & Ginger Aaron-Brush

Love and (Hopefully) Marriage in the Heart of Dixie

It was spring of 1997. After being introduced by a mutual friend, my sorority sister, during our sophomore year of college, April and I found ourselves inseparable. There was an immediate strong emotional connection. This bond was the beginning of…

It's Not the 80s Anymore: Transition-Related Care is Basic Healthcare

It's Not the 80s Anymore: Transition-Related Care is Basic Healthcare

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 4:51pm

The big LGBT-news that the mainstream media is buzzing about this week is that transgender actress Laverne Cox became the first transgender person to grace the cover of TIME magazine.

Her recognition and the accompanying cover story, "The Transgender…

44% of the US population lives in a freedom-to-marry state.

The Freedom to Marry Breaking Out All Over!

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 3:52pm

Marriage in Oregon and Pennsylvania. Respect for existing marriages in Utah. Plus a new marriage lawsuit in Montana. From coast to coast, and several places in between, the ACLU has been propelling the marriage movement forward. Here's a round-up of…

The Other LGBT Victory This Week - This Time In Idaho

The Other LGBT Victory This Week - This Time In Idaho

By Leo Morales, Interim Executive Director, ACLU of Idaho at 8:18pm

With the flurry of court decisions striking down marriage bans for same-sex couples around the country, you might've missed the story coming out of Pocatello, Idaho, but it's a biggie.

Voters- in a largely Republican primary- in a small, conservative…