LGBT Basic Rights and Liberties

LGBT Basic Rights and Liberties

The LGBT Project continues to work to protect the basic rights and liberties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. We work to ensure that LGBT people have equal opportunity to participate fully in civil society, by securing freedom from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace, in housing, and in businesses and public places.

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For over 75 years, the ACLU has included lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in its broad mission of civil rights and civil liberties for all. We continue to seek anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people in employment, housing, businesses, and public places. We advocate for state and federal non-discrimination laws, and litigate to ensure that religious beliefs cannot be used to justify acts of bias. 

While there is public support for making discrimination against gay people illegal, we have more work to do to ensure that everyone, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, can fully participate in civil society.   The need for enduring attitudinal change underlies our strategic approach to advocacy, which combines litigation and lobbying with public education and grassroots organizing.

Additional Resources

Non-Discrimination Laws: State by State Information (2011 map): This map provides a state-by-state overview of LGBT non-discrimination laws.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (2009 feature): Employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers is pervasive and harmful. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) offers Congress the opportunity to ensure workplace equality by protecting LGBT workers from employment discrimination. ENDA is pending federal legislation that would ban employment discrimination based on an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.

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