The fight for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is a core civil liberties issue; it’s not about “special rights,” but simply the right of everyone in this country to be included in the promises and guarantees of the constitution. The ultimate goal of the ACLU’s LGBT rights work is an America free of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
LGBTQ Youth and Schools
If you are a girl, can you go to the Prom with another girl?
If you're a boy, can you run for Prom Queen?
The First Amendment and your right to equal protection guarantee you the right to express yourself by bringing a same-sex date to the prom or other school sponsored social events such as homecoming.
Similar protections should apply if you are a boy and want to run for Homecoming Queen or if you’re a girl and want to run for Prom King.
If you go to a public school and school officials try to tell you that you can't bring a same-sex date to the prom or tell you that you must wear gender-specific clothes, know your rights and, if necessary, contact the ACLU!