Blog of Rights

When Walking Down the Street Is a Crime

When Walking Down the Street Is a Crime

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 10:20am
When Monica Jones left her house on the evening of May 17, 2013, she expected to hang out at a local bar and restaurant and meet up with some friends. But for transgender women of color, just walking down the street can be a criminal act.
VICTORY! A Historic Day for LGBT Equality

VICTORY! A Historic Day for LGBT Equality

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:38pm

“Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming. You organized, you spoke up, you signed petitions, you sent letters -- I know because I got a lot of them.”  

If you’ve ever questioned whether it matters to add…

Abusive Surveillance Is an LGBTQ Rights Issue

Abusive Surveillance Is an LGBTQ Rights Issue

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 8:00am

This piece originally ran at Slate's Outward blog.

Barred from employment with the federal government. Considered mentally ill by the psychiatric profession. Seen as criminals under state laws. Subjected to invasive surveillance and targeting…

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…

Ruling In Horrific LGBT Bullying Case Should Be A Wake-Up Call For Congress To Finally Pass SNDA

Ruling In Horrific LGBT Bullying Case Should Be A Wake-Up Call For Congress To Finally Pass SNDA

By Joshua Block, LGBT Project at 4:04pm

A 13-year-old boy named Jon Carmichael killed himself during spring break in 2010.

According to a civil rights lawsuit brought by his parents, a few days before Jon killed himself, football players at his middle school in northern Texas had…

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…

Dee's Triumph: One of the Most Important Trans Victories You Never Heard Of

Dee's Triumph: One of the Most Important Trans Victories You Never Heard Of

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 2:43pm

On August 21, 1989, Dee Farmer, a black, transgender woman, sued prison officials for the "mental anguish, psychological damage, humil[i]ation, swollen face, cuts and bruises to her mouth and lips and a cut on her back, as well as some bleeding" that…