LGBT Equality

Support the ACLU of Southern California’s work on LGBT equality.

The mission of the ACLU of Southern California’s LGBT Rights Project is the creation of a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people enjoy the basic rights of equality, privacy, personal autonomy, freedom of belief and expression, and freedom from harassment.

The LGBTQ Student Rights Project was formed to stop the unlawful bullying and harassment in California schools and to create school communities that promote safety and respect for all students.

In 2013, the ACLU won Windsor v. United States when the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for married same-sex couples in California to receive all federal benefits, rights, and responsibilities. Download our Marriage FAQ guide (pdf) in English or Spanish, or view it online in English or Spanish.
In 2005, the ACLU won a settlement from the LAUSD after Washington Preparatory High School officials regularly and openly harassed gay and lesbian students.
In 2004, the ACLU helped a gay disabled veteran win the right to live with his partner in assisted housing from the Housing Authority of Santa Monica.
In 2002, the ACLU fought for the rights of same-sex couples in jails visits.
In 2000, the ACLU fought Orangeview Junior High School when it banned books about famous gay and lesbian people from its library.
In 1999, the ACLU won a settlement against Bristol Park Medical Group after one of its physicians refused to treat a lesbian patient.
In 1998, the ACLU fought against the policy of the Boy Scouts to exclude members who are either gay or who refuse to affirm the existence of God in the Boy Scout oath.

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The ACLU of Southern California LGBT Equality Team

  • James Gilliam
  • Melissa Goodman
  • Brendan Hamme
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  • Elvia Meza
  • Clarissa Woo Hermosillo