Resources for LGBT equality

July 11, 2007

In this section you'll find a collection of podcasts, videos, online resources and printed materials to help you learn more about your rights and what you can do to be an effective advocate for LGBT equality. In addition to general information, our resources address issues spread across five areas:


LEGAL MATERIALS

The Case Profiles page provides access to legal documents, strategies and decisions from our docket, including both past and current casework. Locate cases within your area of interest and click on the name to access the case profile. A list of legal documents is located at the bottom of each case profile page.

Take Action
Visit our online toolkit for activists, Get Busy, Get Equal, designed to give you the tools you need to organize effectively; enact non-discrimination laws and policies; advocate for same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships; and effect change in your school.

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

LGBT Project 2007 Annual Update
Download the annual update of the ACLU's nationwide work on LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS.
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LGBT Project 2006 Annual Update
Learn about the work the LGBT Project and ACLU affiliates completed in 2006.
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The ACLU and the History of LGBT Rights & HIV/AIDS
This brief history of the ACLU and timeline of major events and legal cases in struggle for LGBT rights is a measure of how far we've come and where we need to go.

Paradox, Progress, and So On
LGBT Project Director Matt Coles looks back on the remarkable progress and stunning setbacks the LGBT community has faced.


 

DISCRIMINATION RESOURCES

 

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
Learn more about ENDA, pending federal legislation that would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

Working in the Shadows: Ending Employment Discrimination for LGBT Americans
This ACLU-issued report uses the stories of workers from across the country who have experienced workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity to make the case for passing ENDA.
> Download PDF

 

Podcast: Why We Need Non-Discrimination Laws, What You Can Do To Help
LGBT Project Director Matt Coles on ending discrimination in the workplace.

 

Non-Discrimination Laws: State by State Information
This interactive map of the United States features a comprehensive list of states prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.


 

RELATIONSHIPS RESOURCES

 

10 Couples
10Couples.org features streaming video of real couples, demonstrating that denying marriage protections to gay and lesbian couples and their families is unfair and harmful.

 

The ACLU Freedom Files: Gay & Lesbian Rights
This episode of the ACLU's television series The Freedom Files explores the struggles of several couples who lack basic legal protections for their partners and families.

 

Recognition for Same-Sex Relationships: State by State Information
This interactive map of the United States features a comprehensive list of states providing legal recognition for same-sex relationships.

 

Rights and Responsibilities
Learn more about the ACLU's work in support of a domestic partnership bill in New Mexico.


 

PARENTING RESOURCES

 

Too High a Price: The Case Against Restricting Gay Parenting
The updated second edition of “Too High a Price: The Case Against Restricting Gay Parenting,” compiles decades of social science research, the positions of the major child health and welfare organizations, and government data to show how children are hurt by restrictions on parenting by lesbians and gay men.
> Download PDF
> Order Online


 

SCHOOLS & YOUTH RESOURCES

LGBT Project Schools & Youth Library
Some of the best information from the ACLU and other organizations and websites on students' rights and what you can do to make your school a safer, more welcoming place.

 

Know Your Rights! - Students Wallet Card
You have the right to be yourself. This wallet card provides LGBT students with the basics – outlining students’ legal rights in public schools.
> Download PDF
> Order Online

 

Stickers
Our colorful stickers are used by students, as well as LGBT activists, advocates and allies, to promote a positive message of LGBT equality.
> Order Online


 

TRANSGENDER RESOURCES

 

Transgender People and the Law: Frequently Asked Quesitons
This online guide is intended to help you better understand how the law treats transgender people.
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Video: Army Veteran Diane Schroer Shares Her Story of Transgender Discrimination
Diane interviewed for a job as a terrorism research analyst at the Library of Congress, but the offer was rescinded when she told her future supervisor that she was undergoing gender transition.

 

Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Laws: State by State Information
This interactive map of the United States features a comprehensive list of states prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Why We're Asking Courts and Legislatures for Transgender Equality
Ken Choe, LGBT Project senior staff attorney, on why it is imperative that we work to make clear that the law protects transgender Americans, and that discrimination against them is illegal and unacceptable.

The Work of the ACLU: Linking Gender Identity and Gay Rights
Learn how the fight for transgender equality will further equality for everyone who experiences discrimination and fear of violence.

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