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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,…



Case: McGaw v. McGaw

STATUS: Victory, Missouri

Melissa and Angela McGaw are two women who were in a long term relationship and had twins through donor insemination.  The couple chose the sperm donor together and parented the children together for more than nine years.  After the parents later broke up, the biological mother, Angela, kept Melissa from seeing the children.  Melissa sought…


Family & Relationships

Chin v. Armstrong

STATUS: Pending. Florida

Florida law requires the Office of Vital Statistics to list a birth mother’s husband on the child’s birth certificate. After Florida gained marriage equality on January 6, 2015, the state was obligated to start providing same-sex spouses with all the same rights given to different-sex spouses, including the right to an accurate birth certificate listing…


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