Leslie Cooper

Leslie Cooper is a senior staff attorney at the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project.  Since joining the Project in 1998, much of her work has focused on protecting the rights of LGBT parents and their children.  She was lead counsel in the cases that brought down Florida’s notorious ban on adoption by lesbians and gay men and a similar restriction in Arkansas.  In addition to her work on parenting, Leslie has brought cases involving a range of 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 prisoners.  She also works on state legislative advocacy on a variety of issues.

Articles by this author

Allowing state-contracted agencies to screen out prospective families based on religious criteria not only harms the children most in need, it is also unconstitutional. Views
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Same-Sex Couples Are Being Turned Away From Becoming Foster and Adoptive Parents in Michigan. So We’re Suing.
Like many other states, Michigan outsources child welfare services to private agencies. These agencies enter into contracts with the state to care for children in the foster care system — including finding them appropriate foster and adoptive families — and are paid with taxpayer dollars to do this...
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