Leslie Cooper, the deputy director of the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, is the guest speaker at tonight’s Pride Shabbat service at Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston. The service, at 6:30 p.m., will be livestreamed from TBA’s website.
Since joining the project in 1998, much of Ms. Cooper’s work has focused on protecting the rights of LGBTQ parents and their children. She was lead counsel in the cases that brought down the Florida law that banned adoptions by lesbians and gay men, and she fought similar restrictions in Arkansas and Nebraska. She has a case pending before the Supreme Court involving a taxpayer-funded foster care agency’s claimed constitutional right to exclude same-sex couples based on its religious beliefs.
Her cases involve a range of other issues including the freedom to marry, LGBT students’ rights at school, employment discrimination against LGBT and HIV-positive workers, and access to healthcare for transgender people. She also works on state legislative advocacy on a variety of issues.
She wrote the ACLU publications “Too High a Price: The Case Against Restricting Gay Parenting” and “Protecting the Rights of Transgender Parents and their Children: A Guide for Parents and Lawyers.”
For more information, go to tbanj.org.