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Featured Cases, Advocacy & Policy

Featured Cases


Case: Jamal v. Saks & Company

STATUS: Pending, Texas

On January 20, 2015, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas supporting former Saks Fifth Avenue employee Leyth Jamal, who has filed a case alleging that Saks discriminated against her for being…


Relationship Recognition

Case: Dousset v. Florida Atlantic University

STATUS: Pending, Florida

On May 14, 2014, Gildas Dousset, a student at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, filed an appeal in state court seeking recognition of his marriage to his husband. The appeal argues that Florida’s laws barring recognition of the valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples violate the United States Constitution. Dousset and his spouse legally…


Featured Policy & Legistlation

Transgender Law

Policy: Medicare


NCLR, along with the ACLU national, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), and a New Mexico civil rights attorney, filed a challenge in March 2013 to Medicare’s ban on medically necessary healthcare for transgender patients. Since the early 1980s, Medicare, which provides healthcare to Americans ages 65 and older and younger people with certain…



Policy: LGBT Prisoners


NCLR is working with correctional agencies in California to develop policies and procedures to protect the health and safety of LGBT prisoners. This work includes efforts to house transgender women in female housing units, ensuring transgender prisoners’ access to hormone therapy, and implementing policies and procedures that protect LGBT prisoners from sexual and physical violence.


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