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LGBT Rights

The ACLU's LGBT Project works for an America free of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This means an America where LGBT people can live openly, where identities, relationships and families are respected, and where there is fair treatment on the job, in schools, housing, public places, health care, and government programs. 

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – A federal court has scheduled the trial in a legal challenge to North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, House Bill 2, to begin on Monday, November 14.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder is holding arguments on Monday, August 1, on a motion for a preliminary injunction that asks the court to stop the enforcement of the provisions of the law that target transgender people for discrimination in single-sex facilities.

During the full trial, the court will also consider challenges to sections of HB2 that prohibit local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people.

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC – U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder will hear arguments on Monday, August 1, on a motion for a preliminary injunction that asks the court to block the provisions of North Carolina’s House Bill 2 that target transgender people for discrimination in single-sex facilities while a legal challenge proceeds through the court system.

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal and the law firm of Jenner & Block are representing six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina in their federal court challenge to House Bill 2.

“Every day that House Bill 2 remains on the books, transgender North Carolinians suffer irreparable harm at work, in school, and in other public places, simply because they want to use public facilities safely just like everyone else but this hateful law prevents them from doing so,” the groups said in a joint statement. “We are glad our clients will finally have their day in court, and we hope that this discriminatory law’s days are numbered.”

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After months of inaction to repeal HB2 — the sweeping discrimination law that limits protections for LGBT people and others — North Carolina legislators have leaked a so-called "fix" that would leave all of HB2's anti-LGBT measures in place and more.

Tell your representative that a full repeal of HB2 is the only way to stop the damage this discriminatory law is doing to our state.

Under the leaked bill, local governments in North Carolina would still be prohibited from passing measures that would protect LGBT people from discrimination. And rather than remove the harmful provisions that prevent transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender identity, the new proposal would require transgender people to register with the state and obtain an unprecedented "certificate of sex reassignment" to do something as simple as use the restroom.

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RALEIGH – Today, after draft legislation with proposed changes to the sweeping anti-LGBT measure, North Carolina House Bill 2, was released, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal—who are challenging House Bill 2 in federal court on behalf of six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina—released the following statement:

“These proposed changes are no fix.  After rushing to enact H.B. 2 in a span of hours, this is the second attempt—the first was the governor’s executive order—to clean up the extreme and discriminatory mess of H.B. 2. The only real solution is the full repeal of the law.

“Even with these changes, H.B. 2 still encourages discrimination against thousands of LGBT people who call North Carolina home, and it particularly targets transgender people.

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NORTH CAROLINA — American singer-songwriter and former Eagles’ guitarist Joe Walsh announced he will give a portion of the proceeds from two upcoming shows in North Carolina to the ACLU to support its lawsuit fighting the anti-LGBT law House Bill 2, which removes protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

Net profits from Walsh’s June 30 show (with Bad Company) in Charlotte and August 9 solo show in Raleigh will also go to Equality North Carolina. Both groups will be on site at the show to engage with attendees.

ACLU of North Carolina Policy Director Sarah Preston said the following in response:

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