The ACLU of Florida works to create a Florida free of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This means a Florida where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people can live openly, where our 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.
Since taking its first LGBT rights case in 1936, the ACLU has been involved in many high-profile legal challenges to discriminatory laws and policies that impact the LGBT community. The ACLU of Florida recently enjoyed a major victory for LGBT rights by challenging and succeeding in overturning the state’s discriminatory law banning gay men and lesbians from adopting.
The ACLU’s LGBT rights strategy is based on the belief that fighting for the society we want means not just persuading judges and government officials, but ultimately changing the way society thinks about LGBT people. To end discrimination, the ACLU seeks both to change the law and to convince Americans that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination is wrong.