Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

March for Marriage Equality

Join the ACLU of Nevada at Light the Way to Justice. The last week of March, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on two historic marriage equality cases, challenging California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. On Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m., we will march from the Reno City Plaza across from City Hall to the Reno Arch in support of marriage equality.

Diversity Day

Diversity Day is a one-hour staged reenactment of combative public testimony adapted from the Missoula City Council hearing to add anti-discrimination protection for the LGBTQ community, a first in Montana history. Footage of the original April 12, 2010, hearing will screen silently as testimony is read. Author, playwright and filmmaker Gregory Hinton adapted the script from the actual Missoula City Council Journal of Proceedings. A discussion will follow the reading.

Co-sponsored by Out West and the ACLU of Nevada.

Campaign Launches to Win Marriage in Nevada

RENO AND LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Today, in an effort to remove discrimination from Nevada’s Constitution and win the freedom to marry for all couples in the state, ACLU of Nevada, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, the Human Rights Campaign, and Freedom to Marry launched a grassroots public education campaign called Freedom Nevada. The move is in anticipation of an expected 2016 ballot measure on marriage and comes as a high-profile court case on marriage is advancing rapidly through the judicial system.

Clark County Sex Education Advisory Committee is Accepting Applications

The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees is accepting applications from people interested in joining its Sex Education Advisory Committee. Southern Nevada students need people on the committee who believe in the importance of comprehensive and medically accurate sex education. 

Applications will be accepted through February 14, 2014. 

Students Win With Recent School Board Decisions in Lyon and Clark Counties

LAS VEGAS, NV - The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada praises the Clark County School District (CCSD) Trustees for voting at their December 12, 2013 meeting to postpone both the approval of its sex education operations manual and the approval of members to the Sex Education Advisory Committee.

“The decision to postpone these votes ensures that going forward, the process will be transparent and that members of the community are involved—as they should have been from the beginning,” said Tod Story, Executive Director of the ACLU of Nevada.

ACLU Launches “My Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding” Contest

LAS VEGAS, NV - Nevadans, and millions of other Americans, live in a state that denies them, their friends, and family members the basic freedom to marry the one they love. Same-sex couples in Nevada are prohibited from getting married by an amendment to Nevada’s Constitution, however the same couple can cross into neighboring California and get legally married. The American Civil Liberties Union has launched “My Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding,” a new campaign to call attention a patchwork of state laws that allows same-sex couples the freedom to marry in 16 states and the District of Columbia, but denies those same couples that freedom in the rest of the country.

Senate Passes Landmark Measure to Protect LGBT Workers

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada praises a United States Senate vote today, November 7, to pass the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The final vote was 64 to 32. Both of Nevada’s Senators, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) voted to pass ENDA.

ACLU of Nevada Praises Senate Vote to Protect LGBT Workers

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada praises the United States Senate cloture vote today, November 4, to begin debate on the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Both of Nevada’s Senators, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) voted for cloture on ENDA.

“Employees should be judged solely on their ability to do the job for which they were hired. With the vote on cloture in the Senate today, ENDA moves one step closure to becoming reality. With their votes in favor of cloture, Nevada’s Senators Reid and Heller acknowledge the importance of employee job performance, not the immutable traits of the employee. While many states do not protect LGBT employees, Nevada has lead the nation with ENDA protections since 1999, and expanded them to include gender identity in 2011,” said Tod Story, ACLU of Nevada Executive Director.

Nevada’s Marriage Ban Unconstitutional, Says ACLU

LAS VEGAS, NV – On Friday, October 25, 2013 the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada filed a friend of the court brief in a federal lawsuit that challenges Nevada’s constitutional ban against same-sex marriage.

Nevada’s constitution was amended in 2002 to include that "[o]nly a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state,” restricting marriage to different-sex couples and denying all loving couples the freedom to marry in Nevada. In its amicus brief, the ACLU of Nevada argues that Nevada’s constitutional ban against same-sex marriage should be struck down because the “exclusion burdens the fundamental right to marry.”

As the School Year Begins, the ACLU of Nevada is Set to Examine Lyon County’s Proposed Sex Education Curriculum

LAS VEGAS, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has requested information about the proposed sex education curriculum in Lyon County. On Monday, August 19, the ACLU of Nevada submitted a formal request under the Nevada Public Records Act to the Lyon County School District to release their current and future sex education curricula.

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