No one should be discriminated against because of who they are or who they love. Since our founding, the ACLU of North Carolina has a long and proud history of fighting for equal rights for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) and gender nonconforming North Carolinians and their families.

Through litigation, lobbying, public education, and organizing, we work to build a North Carolina where LGBTQ and gender nonconforming people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.

During the 1970s, the ACLU-NC worked to dismantle North Carolina's sodomy laws, which allowed police to arrest LGBTQ adults for engaging in private, consensual sexual behavior. In 2013 and 2014, the ACLU-NC represented nine families in the first two legal challenges to North Carolina's ban on marriage for same-sex couples, ultimately helping to win marriage equality in North Carolina. In 2016, the ACLU-NC filed a federal court challenge to House Bill 2, North Carolina's notorious transgender discrimination law, just days after it was passed.

The ACLU-NC also works to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, education, housing, public accommodations, government services, and other areas of life.