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Featured Cases


Case: Strawser v. Strange

STATUS: Victory, Alabama

James Strawser and John Humphrey applied for a marriage license in Mobile County, Alabama, but were denied. Strawser faces significant health issues. Despite having a medical power of attorney, Humphrey was told by a hospital where Strawser was receiving medical treatment that they would not honor the document because Humphrey was not a family member…



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…


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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