Blog of Rights

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…

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…

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…