However, LGBT Americans may still face some legal and many social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents, particularly in states with large conservative populations, such as in the Deep South ; in rural areas; and in some Native American tribal nations. In five landmark rulings between the years and , the Supreme Court invalidated a state law banning protected class recognition based upon homosexuality , struck down sodomy laws nationwide, struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act , made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, and prohibited employment discrimination against gay and transgender employees. LGBT-related anti-discrimination law regarding housing and private and public services varies by state, leaving residents of some states unprotected. Twenty-three states plus Washington, D.
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Jump to navigation Skip navigation. The struggle of LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for equal rights has moved to center stage. LGBT people are battling for their civil rights in Congress, in courtrooms and in the streets. Well-known figures are discussing their sexual orientation in public. Gay and lesbian people are featured in movies and on television - not as novelty characters, but as full participants in society. Despite these advances into the American mainstream, however, LGBT people continue to face real discrimination in all areas of life.
Gay and Lesbian Rights
The gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century, and especially the last two decades. Laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down; lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the military transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly from until March , when a new ban was put in place. And same-sex couples can now legally get married and adopt children in all 50 states.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. What is now the Jon L. With our reach into the courts and legislatures of every state, there is no other organization that can match our record of making progress both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion. Need help? Through litigation, lobbying, public education, and organizing, we work to build a country where our communities can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.