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Pritchard v. IUOE Stationary Engineers Pension Plan

STATUS: Pending, California

On January 22, 2016, the widower of a hotel telecommunications engineer in San Francisco sued the IUOE Stationary Engineers Local 39 Pension Plan and its Board of Trustees for refusing to provide him with a spousal pension benefit required by the terms of the pension plan and federal law, solely because both spouses are men….


State Legislation & Policy

Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole

STATUS: Pending, Texas

On January 4, 2016, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and a coalition of 13 other LGBT, racial justice, and health equity organizations filed an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down draconian restrictions on abortion providers enacted by the State of Texas in 2013…


Transgender Youth

G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board

STATUS: Pending | Virginia

On October 28, 2015, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), and Goodwin Procter LLP filed an amicus brief on behalf of medical and mental health professionals in support of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. The case, filed in federal district court in Virginia by the American…



Housing Equality

STATUS: Ongoing | Nationwide

The National Center for Lesbian Rights has always been committed to the principle that sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status should never impact access to housing for people and their families. NCLR’s policy and legislative efforts on equal access to housing have focused on ensuring that all LGBT people and families have access to…



LGBT Prisoner Advocacy

STATUS: Ongoing | Nationwide

NCLR works at the local, state and federal levels to ensure that LGBT prisoners are as safely housed as possible and have access to life-saving medical care. LGBT people housed in prisons and jails face dire problems related to their sexuality and gender identity. They are often placed in segregated housing “for their own protection,”…


Asylum & Immigration

In re Vicky

STATUS: Victory, California

Vicky’s journey with NCLR is a journey that spans 11 years. In 2003 Vicky came to the U.S. seeking asylum from Mexico. She had lived through abuse and violence because of her gender identity and sexual orientation in her home country. In the U.S., Vicky was working as a farm laborer, where she again faced…


Transgender Youth

In re Brock

STATUS: Victory, Arizona

When Brock was in second grade, his peers began bullying and ostracizing him because he’s transgender. Worse, some parents organized a campaign to force the school district to stop affirming Brock’s gender identity, and to prohibit him from using the boys restroom. It didn’t take long before Brock began showing significant psychological distress and his…


Transgender Law

In re Denee Mallon Medicare Challenge

STATUS: Victory

At the age of 74, Denee Mallon never set out to make history, only for the chance to live authentically, as who she truly is. But thanks to her determination, she successfully challenged Medicare’s ban on providing sex affirming surgeries in a groundbreaking case brought by NCLR and legal partners. After winning the case and…


Additional Civil Rights

In re Silah

STATUS: Victory, Mexico

Silah came to NCLR in 2013 after years of fear and abuse. Born in Mexico, Silah was able to escape terrible violence in her country of origin, where she was repeatedly threatened and harassed because of her gender expression and identity. When she fled to the U.S., she encountered additional abuse and ended up homeless….


Asylum & Immigration

In re Ariana

STATUS: Victory, El Salvador

At just 12 years old, Ariana found herself living on the streets of El Salvador when her mother kicked her out of their home after Ariana told her she is transgender. “I told her ‘I don’t know what’s happening to me, but I felt myself to be a woman,’ ” said Ariana, who was abused,…


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