America’s foremost advocate of individual
rights, the American Civil Liberties Union is
a nonpartisan organization founded in 1920.
With national headquarters in New York and
Washington and 52 affiliates throughout the
country, it is widely regarded as the nation’s
premier public interest law firm. The ACLU
believes that the only way to protect freedom
is to stand fast for the idea that everyone, no
matter how unpopular, has the same rights.
As a part of the ACLU, the Project is in a
unique position to work for equality. The
ACLU’s national network of affiliates
broadens the Project’s reach into every
locality and into the federal government.
Today, the ACLU brings more LGBT cases
and advocacy initiatives than any other
national civil rights organization.
Furthermore, the Project’s work as part of
the broad civil liberties agenda of the ACLU
demonstrates how the LGBT and AIDS
communities can work in concert with other
social change movements to achieve a just
society for all.
LESBIAN & GAY RIGHTS and AIDS PROJECT
Founded in 1986, the Lesbian & Gay Rights and AIDS Project is a
special division of the American Civil Liberties Union. The
Project’s staff are experts in constitutional law and civil rights,
specializing in sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV/AIDS.
What We Do
The Project brings “impact” lawsuits in state and federal courts
throughout the country - cases designed to have a significant effect
on the lives of LGBT people and those with HIV/AIDS. In coalition
with other civil rights groups, we also lobby in Congress and
support grassroots advocacy from local school boards to state
legislatures. Our legal strategies are built on the idea that fighting
for civil rights means not just persuading judges but ultimately
changing the way people think. As we work in the courts for change,
we use targeted media and outreach campaigns to change public
attitudes and to give people the tools they need to act.
We Need Your Support
The ACLU accepts no government funding; we depend entirel