The ACLU works to eradicate discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. We aim to create a state where LGBTQ and nonbinary people can live openly and with dignity, where their identities, relationships, and families are respected, and where there is fair treatment on the job, in schools, in housing, in public places, and in government programs.
What You Need to Know
We work to make California the national leader in LGBTQ-inclusive sex ed and to implement the requirements of the 2011 FAIR Education Act, which among other things, required schools to integrate LGBTQ historical figures into social science curriculum.
We support local and statewide legislation and engage in advocacy to decrease profiling and policing of LGBTQ people, particularly in the context of sex work laws, which are disproportionately enforced against transgender people, people of color, LGBTQ young people, and gay men, and to improve safety and dignity for incarcerated LGBTQ people.
We work to uphold California’s strong laws prohibiting discrimination in businesses open to the general public on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, including in religiously-affiliated hospitals.