This guide provides legal information relevant to the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ stands for and includes:
The resources in this guide address the unique legal challenges confronted by the LGBTQ community. These include same-sex marriage, gender marker changes, and discrimination.
There are two important pieces that make up the law about LGBTQ rights. One piece is the statutes, which are the written laws that make up the United States Code. The other piece is the rulings by courts that say what these statutes mean and who they apply to. The courts also decide whether the statutes violate people's rights and should be struck down.
Supreme Court opinions especially have a big impact on what the law means for LGBTQ people.
Since 2000, the Supreme Court has decided several "landmark" cases about LGBTQ rights. The cases listed below were historically important and had a large impact on the law.
The Supreme Court has also denied certiorari for several cases related to LGBTQ-rights. This means that the Court refused to hear the case, leaving the previous ruling from the lower court in place.
The law affecting LGBTQ rights is constantly changing. It can be hard to keep up with new developments! The links below track pending lawsuits and proposed legislation about LGBTQ issues.
These organizations are active in promoting legal rights, research, and awareness in Texas. They are great sources of information for how the law affects LGBTQ Texans.
These organizations are active in promoting legal rights, research, and awareness at the national level.
Below are some of the library resources aimed at practitioners that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Texas State Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have any questions about these materials.