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Articles by Erik Olvera

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…



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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September 18, 2013

We Have a New Look!

We have a new look! We’ve been working hard over the last few months on creating a new website—looking at it from every angle—to provide you with one of the best resources for LGBT legal issues. Every section was analyzed. Every page was revamped. And we thought of you, specifically making easier for you…


November 1, 2011

Jennifer and Ellyn: A Life Interrupted

They had planned a family together. A baby. Maybe two. They’d spend hours talking about their future, often getting so lost in conversation at night they’d forget about the time until the sun was about to rise the next morning. Sarah “Ellyn” Farley used to say she was “courting” Jennifer Tobits—not just dating her, as…


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