The ACLU has advocated on behalf of LGBTQ+ people for more than 70 years and, in 1986, founded the LGBT & AIDS Project. The LGBTQ+ Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBTQ+ rights through the courts, legislatures and public education. The mission of the Project is to foster a society in which LGBTQ+ people and people with HIV/AIDS enjoy the basic rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.
On June 8, 2017, the ACLU of Michigan formally named the LGBTQ+ Project in honor of longtime supporters, Nancy Katz & Margo Dichtelmiller.