Transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming individuals experience a high rate of discrimination and injustice. We are committed to combating these injustices through litigation, legislation, organizing, public education and policy advocacy.

Lady Liberty Transgender Rights

The ACLU of Nebraska’s work on transgender rights has included:

  • Successfully convincing the state Department of Motor Vehicles to change its gender marker
    policy on driver’s licenses;
  • Overturning a ban on LGBTQIA+ people fostering and adopting children through state agencies;
  • Informing election commissioners and poll workers of transgender Nebraskans’ voting rights to
    prevent problems on election day;
  • Providing Know Your Rights presentations in schools on pronouns and bathroom use
    corresponding to a student’s gender identity;
  • Successfully advocating for transgender students to have access to the bathroom corresponding
    with their gender identity;
  • Advocating for more inclusive school policies on athletics for transgender students;
  • Interceding in gendered school dress code issues at elementary, middle school, high school, and
    college levels;
  • Intervening on behalf of incarcerated transgender people to have medical and personal needs met;
  • Providing training in county jails on how to treat transgender, nonbinary or gender nonconforming people in
  • Filing suit to prohibit health care entities receiving federal funds from discriminating against
    transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming people. See Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell
  • Conducting a “Greater Nebraska Out For Freedom Tour” of free events to inform the public about pending cases and legislative efforts to ensure equal rights for LGBTQIA+ Nebraskans;
  • Launching an innovative deep canvassing pilot program in Lincoln, making contact with hundreds of Nebraskans to change hearts and minds on trans rights and build capacity among LGBTQIA+ leaders; and
  • Advocating on behalf of Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs.