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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Admission of Sergio Garcia

STATUS: Victory, California

Sergio Garcia’s parents brought him from Mexico to the United States when was an infant. Sergio’s father applied for an immigrant visa on Sergio’s behalf. Although the application was approved in 1995, Sergio has not been able to apply to adjust his immigration status since because the United State government has yet to assign him…

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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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