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State Legislation & Policy

Case: King v. Christie

STATUS: Victory, New Jersey

On August 19, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the nation’s second law prohibiting state-licensed therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient under 18 years old. Every leading medical and mental health organization in the country has warned that these practices do not work and put young…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

Case: Student v. Arcadia Unified School District

STATUS: Victory, National

NCLR represents a transgender student who transitioned from female to male a few years ago. After transitioning, the student returned to middle school hopeful that everything would go smoothly. Although he presented as male and had completed a court-ordered name change, the school district still required that he use the nurse’s office for restroom access…

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Family & Relationships

Case: Cozen O’Connor, P.C. v. Jennifer J. Tobits, et al. and Estate of Sarah Ellyn Farley (IL)

STATUS: Victory, Illinois, Pennsylvania

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is defending Jennifer Tobits, whose marriage and inheritance rights are being challenged by her deceased wife’s employer and family.

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State Legislation & Policy

Case: Pickup et al. v. Brown et al. and Welch et al. v. Brown et al.

STATUS: Victory, California

On September 29, 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the first law in the nation prohibiting state-licensed therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender expression of a patient under 18 years old. Every leading medical and mental health organization in the country has warned that these practices do not work and put…

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Additional Civil Rights

Case: Doe v. Anoka-Hennepin School District No. 11 and E.R. v. Anoka-Hennepin School District No. 11

STATUS: Victory, Minnesota

NCLR filed and settled a federal lawsuit on behalf of six students challenging the hostile anti-LGBT environment at Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District.

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Additional Civil Rights

Case: Christian Legal Society v. Martinez

STATUS: Victory, California, US Supreme Court

The Christian Legal Society of Hastings School of the Law filed a lawsuit against the school arguing that the student group nondiscrimination policy violated their First Amendment right to discriminate against LGBT students. NCLR defended the school’s non-discrimination policy.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Chatterjee v. King

STATUS: Victory, New Mexico

The National Center for Lesbian Rights represented a non-adoptive mother in a successful case establishing that same-sex parents raising children are both recognized as parents under New Mexico law.

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Healthcare

Case: Adams v. Federal Bureau of Prisons et al.

STATUS: Victory, Massachusetts

The National Center for Lesbian Rights litigated and settled a case for Vanessa Adams that ensured proper treatment and healthcare for transgender prisoners housed in the federal prison system.

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Elders

Case: Greene vs The County Of Sonoma

STATUS: Victory, California

NCLR clients Clay Greene and the estate of Harold Scull, Greene’s deceased partner of 20 years, reached a settlement on July 22 resolving a lawsuit against the County of Sonoma and other defendants. More>

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Family & Relationships

Case: Wood v. Wood

STATUS: Victory, Florida/Colorado

NCLR represents Hannah Wood in a Florida child custody case against her former partner, Courtney Wood. Hannah and Courtney had a child together using alternative insemination. After the couple separated, a Colorado court granted Hannah visitation with the couple’s daughter. Courtney fled the state with their daughter and filed an action in Florida, seeking a…

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