Blog of Rights

Nelson Mandela’s Important Legacy for LGBT Movement

Nelson Mandela’s Important Legacy for LGBT Movement

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 12:09pm

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." -- Nelson Mandela

On Thursday, the world mourned the death of former South African President and anti-apartheid…

Senate about to Pass ENDA: Now What?

Senate about to Pass ENDA: Now What?

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 1:16pm

Another day, another historic victory for LGBT people.

That's just kind of how 2013 has been. And the Senate being on the verge of passing a measure that would finally prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender…

The Next Marriage Moment Starts in New Jersey – But We're Not Done Yet!

The Next Marriage Moment Starts in New Jersey – But We're Not Done Yet!

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 12:16pm

Today same-sex couples start marrying in New Jersey, thanks to Lambda Legal's fabulous court victory. We're thrilled to see New Jersey...

Cosplaying While Gay, Black, or Female at New York Comic Con

Cosplaying While Gay, Black, or Female at New York Comic Con

By Danielle Aronson, ACLU at 11:04am

This past weekend was New York Comic Con (NYCC), and in addition to the usual comic book enthusiasts and army of animated cosplayers, there seemed to be a bit of an uprising brewing. Much to my delight, there were quite a few panels addressing the…

Jen and Angelique Got Married!

Jen and Angelique Got Married!

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 10:52am

Two amazing updates on this case. First, Jen and Angelique are married! Last Friday, the Santa Fe County Clerk issued them a marriage license and they got married in a cancer center while Jen was on a break from a chemotherapy infusion. There's just…

Chelsea Manning, Islan Nettles and the Struggle for Trans Survival

Chelsea Manning, Islan Nettles and the Struggle for Trans Survival

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 10:58am

While Chelsea Manning's announcement of her gender identity confounded the press, the transgender community in New York was reeling over the loss of yet another young transgender woman of color to violence. It is impossible to separate the bias and…

With Less Than 18 Months To Live, She Wants To Get Married

With Less Than 18 Months To Live, She Wants To Get Married

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 3:45pm

Our freedom to marry lawsuit in New Mexico has just gotten more urgent.

Jen Roper and Angelique Neuman have been together for over 21 years. They met as students at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1992, became friends and…

Virginia Should Be for All Lovers – Bringing the Freedom to Marry to Virginia

Virginia Should Be for All Lovers – Bringing the Freedom to Marry to Virginia

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 10:17am

Today we filed another marriage case, this time on the solidly southern soil of Virginia. The case is a joint venture among the ACLU,...

Standing Up for LGBT Students on the House Floor

Standing Up for LGBT Students on the House Floor

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:22pm

On Thursday, during debate in the House of Representatives on a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), numerous members took to the floor to speak in support of LGBT students and the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA).

Unfortunately,…