LGBT rights

Military "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" anti-gay policy ends

After 18 years, it’s finally over. The American military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy – which threw out soldiers for being openly gay – was repealed today. There’s still much work to be done – including fighting for fair treatment of those who were discharged under the policy – but it’s worth taking a moment to celebrate a big step forward for LGBT equal rights.

Blogs: BMG: DADT in Massachusetts | Boston.com: Soldiers discharged under DADT deserve fairness

Miz Liberty 2011: "I will not let go of justice"

For this year's Boston Pride parade, the ACLU of Massachusetts held a contest for one supporter to be our "Miz Liberty"--to ride in our VIP car and hold forth as our chosen symbol of justice and equality. Our winner, Caroline McHeffey, sent us this eloquent letter on her time as a canvasser for the ACLU in Boston, and the importance of activism in her life, making her this year's definitive "Miz Liberty".

Civil Liberties Minute episodes: LGBT Rights

Just in time for LGBT Pride season, the following is a collection of Civil Liberties Minute episodes that highlight issues and news stories concerning LGBT rights and equality.

Listen to the episodes here

What do Massachusetts employers like Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, Raytheon, and Staples have in common?

They and more than 60 other employers provide equal opportunities to transgender employees. Get the full list from this fact sheet showing trans-friendly employers developed by the ACLU of Massachusetts, MassEquality, and the Transgender Equal Rights Coalition.