Campaign for LGBT Equality

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.

June 26, 2015 Freedom to Marry

Forty-five years after the American Civil Liberties Union filed the first-ever freedom-to-marry lawsuit in 1970, the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2015,...

THE CASE

In 2011 the Michigan Secretary of State’s office implemented a policy that prohibited transgender persons from correcting the gender...

In a victory for marriage equality, a federal judge ruled on January 15, 2015 that the state of Michigan must recognize the legal marriages of...

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The results of last month’s election sent shockwaves through many communities, not the least of which were transgender communities. For many trans and...

October 14, 2016 Saugatuck LGBT

A remarkable event quietly took place recently in Saugatuck. A panel of courageous women and men took the stage at the local arts center to share with area...

I’m a “glass half full” kind of guy, but it hasn’t been easy these past two months to feel optimistic about prospects for LGBT equality in Michigan.

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Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan's LGBT Project, reacted today to news that Judge Nancy Edmunds dismissed the group's lawsuit against...

The verdict is in, it seems: LGBT co-parents can have their kids unilaterally taken away from them by their former partner (the legal parent) - and the...

It isn’t really about bathrooms, is it?

Of course it isn’t.

It’s not really even about transgender people. It’s about people being different...

The number of Americans who say they know a transgender person is on the rise but, “knowing” a transgender person and being familiar with their lives and...

UPDATE: On July 5, 2016, the Michigan Court of Appeals officially made it more difficult for same-sex co-parents to have parental...

Statement from Amy Hunter, Transgender Advocacy Coordinator, ACLU of Michigan, on Senator Tom Casperson’s Anti-Transgender Legislation...

For decades transgender people have been fired or turned away from jobs just because of who they are. Courts and federal agencies are finally starting to...

Does religious freedom include the right to discriminate? The first amendment says you and your religious exercise are protected rights. But practicing your...

It’s no secret that transgender people are becoming more visible on a national stage. There’s actress...

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – April 7, 2016

With the state legislature on a two-week spring break, it’s an opportune time to talk about other...

Amy Hunter, Coordinator of the ACLU Transgender Advocacy Project, today issued the following statement addressing the State of Michigan Board of...

The Transgender Advocacy Project was conceived from a very simple premise: Transgender people’s voices are critical to moving the entire equality movement...

With the holiday season in full swing, many of us are focused on family time—celebrating favorite traditions, making new memories or simply basking in the...

ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss today issued the following statement in response to reports that the ACLU of Michigan is not...

Imagine waking up in the body of the opposite sex.

For some people this could be a fun exercise, a chance to trade places with your wife or husband...

DETROIT—A federal judge today refused to dismiss an ACLU lawsuit challenging a state policy that makes it nearly impossible for transgender Michiganders to...

As I sat in Judge Edmund’s courtroom Wednesday afternoon, listening to arguments in our case of Love...

Being a transgender woman in society today is a difficult road to navigate. As gains are made in recognition of the huge degree of discrimination we face as...

Today at 2 p.m., this Wednesday Nov. 4, 2015, I'll be sitting in federal Judge Nancy Edmond's court—room 858, located at 231 W. Lafayette Blvd. in downtown...

DETROIT—Lawyers from the ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan argued Wednesday against a Michigan Secretary of State policy that prevents many transgender men and...

There is a famous story about President Franklin D. Roosevelt where in a policy meeting he purportedly said: "Alright Gentlemen, I agree with you, now make...

In the wake of two recent attacks against transgender women in Detroit, the ACLU of Michigan is again calling on legislators to update state civil-rights...

June 26, 2015 Freedom to Marry

Forty-five years after the American Civil Liberties Union filed the first-ever freedom-to-marry lawsuit in 1970, the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2015,...

DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan announced on Thursday that they have filed a federal lawsuit against the Michigan...