The American Civil Liberties Union and its affiliates have a long history defending the LGBT community. We brought our first LGBT rights case in 1936 and founded the LGBT Project in 1986. ACLU-NH’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, we seek both to change the law and to convince Americans that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination is wrong. ACLU-NH carries out this work in five priority areas: Basic Rights and Liberties, Parenting, Relationships and Marriage, Youth and Schools, and Transgender Discrimination.

Today the ACLU brings more LGBT cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization. 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 courts of law and in the court of public opinion. ACLU-NH worked with a broad coalition to bring marriage equality to New Hampshire in 2009. We continue to actively work to end discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity across the state.

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