" We are powerful and resilient - We are Trans Pennsylvanians "
The ACLU of Pennsylvania
A Legacy of LGBQT Liberty
For decades, the ACLU of Pennsylvania has provided legal and advocacy support for those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Transgender. The ACLU-PA recognizes that LGBQT individuals experience a high rate of discrimination and injustice and we are committed to combating these injustices through litigation, legislation, organizing, communications, and policy advocacy. By naming and identifying injustices, we hope to inform the public on how the LGBQT communities are impacted and how LGBQT communities have had our civil liberties violated.
Highlights of ACLU-PA Transgender Rights Work
(2002) Challenge to Allentown's Anti-Discrimination Ordinance: Ordinance adding the categories "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as prohibited bases of discrimination...(read more)
(2013) Red Lion Area School District: School refused to include transgender male student on ballot for prom king and instead listed him under prom queen...(read more)
(2016) Name Change for Transgender Teen: Transgender teen in Montgomery County denied name change petition...(read more)
(2017) Doe v. Boyertown School District: The Boyertown Area School District respects its students' gender identity. Among other things, the Boyertown Area Senior High (“BASH”) has allowed students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity (read more)
(2017) Williams v. Allegheny County: A lawsuit filed against Allegheny County on behalf of Jules Williams, a transgender woman who was repeatedly abused while incarcerated at the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ) (read more)
Today, the ACLU of PA continues its defense of individual rights on many intersecting fronts. Some of these are recurring battles, such as fighting racial and gender-based discrimination and defending reproductive freedoms. Whichever the battle, the ACLU of PA has vowed to protect the civil liberties of ALL Pennsylvanians through advocacy, education and litigation.