Achieving LGBT Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

Articles by Kate Kendell, Esq.

April 8, 2014

A Mormon and a Lesbian Walk Into a Bar …

That could be the opening to a great joke, but the story here ends with something better than a punch line. My sister Sharon and I could not be more different. In high school, she was the super-popular and uber-cute homecoming queen, student officer, and North Ogden Miss Cherry Days. I was immersed in debate,…

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February 22, 2014

Take a Stand Against Hate in Arizona

Even as we celebrate a new breakthrough every week, we must be vigilant for threats to our community. Case in point—Arizona. This week, the Arizona legislature passed a bill which would allow businesses to refuse service, based on their religious beliefs, to LGBT people or anyone else. The bill is patently unconstitutional, but we cannot…

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January 17, 2014

Utah: This Time it’s Personal

January 2014 has barely begun and already we are off like a rocket. On December 20th, federal district court Judge Robert Shelby ruled that Utah’s Amendment 3 is unconstitutional and that same-sex couples could begin marrying there immediately. Our community, and everyone committed to justice for LGBT people, has been buzzing ever since. In our…

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December 20, 2013

A Healthy 2014 For Millions–For the First Time

In August 2012, I had (another) bike crash. It was my own idiocy that caused the crash. I was riding down a hill in San Francisco, just blocks from home, when, in trying to beat the light, I swerved around a MUNI train.  My bike tire got wedged in the MUNI track and I was…

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December 11, 2013

Indian Supreme Court Recriminalizes 17.4% of Planet’s LGBT People

Wednesday’s Indian Supreme Court decision reversing a lower court and recriminalizing same-sex sexual intimacy marks a dreadful new judicial low for international LGBT human rights Even as we in the U.S. enjoy ever increasing visibility and protections for our community, life for many of our brothers and sisters in other countries is going from bad…

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October 4, 2013

October 5th: A Day of Dignity and Respect for All Americans

I never thought that in my lifetime I would live to see the incredible progress the LGBT movement has experienced in just the last few months. So many have been working for decades to reach this moment, but even for those of us doing this work, the gains of the past year have been breathtaking….

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August 13, 2013

Our Summer of Landmark Victories!

NCLR has been on a tear the past several weeks. Each week, we’ve reported a great new success—our win for high school student Dynasty Young in Indiana, our federal court victory in Pennsylvania for surviving same-sex spouse Jennifer Tobits, our historic partnership with the Department of Justice on behalf of a transgender student in Arcadia, CA, and this…

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August 2, 2013

Love Wins: A Widow’s Marriage is Vindicated

When I first heard Jennifer’s story, I was angry and shocked. Not shocked in the sense of “how could something like this happen?”—I’ve been doing this work too long to be that naïve—but shocked in the way we are when faced with cruelty and a lack of common decency. Jennifer Tobits and Sarah “Ellyn” Farley…

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August 1, 2013

Read All About it! The New York Times Celebrates NCLR’s Historic Victory!

Just yesterday, you heard from us about the groundbreaking settlement announced by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education in our case to win equal access and protections for young transgender people. Last night, The New York Times published an editorial celebrating this agreement, calling on every school district in America to adopt the guidelines…

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July 31, 2013

A Victory for Youth!

You already know that the NCLR staff is comprised of talented and wicked-smart individuals who possess an unwavering commitment to the full dignity and humanity of all LGBT people. But you don’t often hear directly from the key staff members who make so much of what we do possible. Today, in this message from NCLR…

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