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July 14, 2016

Tell #RNC2016 to #StopHate and Help End Conversion Therapy

The Republican National Convention will consider adding its support for conversion therapy—the dangerous practice of attempting to change one’s sexual orientation and gender identity—to the GOP platform when it meets July 18-21 in Cleveland. Please help us tell the #RNC2016 to #StopHate and protect LGBT people from the dangerous practice, which has been condemned by…

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June 24, 2016

President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument

Today, President Obama designated a new national monument at the historic site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, honoring the movement for LGBT  equality. The new Stonewall National Monument protects the area where LGBT people fought back against a police raid that took place on June 28, 1969 and helped start the fight…

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June 22, 2016

How Can Legal Services Better Meet the Needs of Low-Income LGBT Seniors?

Legal services organizations play a crucial role in alleviating the effects of poverty for low-income older Americans. However, not all low-income older adults have the same legal needs, not all will seek out help on their own, and for diverse groups, culturally competent service is key to meeting their needs. How Can Legal Services Better…

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June 21, 2016

Muslim-LGBTQ Unity Statement in Response to Divisiveness Following Orlando Shooting

Today, NCLR joins 65 American Muslim and LGBTQ organizations in a statement that sends a clear message in the wake of the Orlando shooting: love and unity are powerful tools against those who seek to divide Americans using fear and hate.  Statement signatories include Muslim Advocates, National LGBTQ Task Force, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Human Rights Campaign, Emerge USA, American Civil…

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June 21, 2016

LGBTQ Latinx Groups and Allies Reaffirm Their Resolve to End Violence Against Marginalized Communities Following the Orlando Tragedy

Today, NCLR joins more than 150 other LGBTQ Latinx groups and allies reaffirming their commitment to ending violence against marginalized communities following the June 12, 2016 shooting at an Orlando, Florida LGBT bar that left 49 people dead and more than 50 seriously injured. Statement We, the undersigned, a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)…

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June 14, 2016

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Addresses Shooting at Orlando LGBT Nightclub

Today, U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch delivered remarks at the United State of Women Summit in Washington D.C., where she addressed the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch: Good afternoon, everyone and thank you for that warm welcome.  Thank you to Valerie Jarrett…

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June 13, 2016

LGBTQ Groups Call for Unity in the Wake of Orlando Shooting

Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights joins more than 50 other LGBTQ organizations calling for unity and an end to hate and discrimination following the June 12, 2016 shooting at an Orlando, Florida LGBT bar that left 49 people dead and more than 50 seriously injured. Joint Statement We the undersigned organizations working on…

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March 16, 2016

NCLR Joins Coalition Asking U.S. Supreme Court to Lift Ban on Urgently Needed Immigration Reforms

  The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has joined a coalition of more than 300 civil rights, immigration, labor, and social service groups in an amicus brief in U.S. v. Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to move forward. The filing of the amicus brief comes…

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February 18, 2016

We NEED Your Help in South Dakota

One of the most horrific anti-transgender bills in the country will move before South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard for consideration as early as today. House Bill 1008 forces transgender students to use a separate bathroom from all other students and prohibits schools from having supportive policies treating them the same as other students. If Governor…

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March 20, 2014

Help Close Discrimination Loopholes in California

It may seem like common sense that the California Supreme Court—our state’s foremost judicial body—would ban judges from belonging to groups that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion and sexual orientation. While this has in fact been the case since 1996, the state high court made an exception to this ban for nonprofit…

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