The ACLU has advocated on behalf of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender people for more than 70 years, working to create effective policies and a powerful, unified voice among our LGBT allies. We brought out first LGBT rights case in 1936 and filed the first-ever freedom-to-marry case in 1970. In addition to our battles in the court, the ACLU of Michigan also promotes LGBT equality through the state legislature and by way of public education initiatives.
We seek to foster a society in which LGBT people and people with HIV/AIDS enjoy the basic rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association. We hope to achieve these goals by pushing for updated state civil-rights laws, ensuring equal access to benefits and safeguarding the rights and safety of the transgender community. We are also seeking policies that would protect LGBT families living in poverty and that don’t permit the use of religion as an excuse for discrimination.