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Case: Koebke v. Bernardo Heights Country Club

STATUS: Victory, California

NCLR supported a lesbian couple who sued Bernardo Heights Country Club after the club refused them the same membership benefits offered to different sex couples

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Family & Relationships

Case: Knight v. Superior Court

STATUS: Victory, Callifornia

NCLR defended AB 205– the California Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003– on behalf of 12 same-sex couples and Equality California

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Family & Relationships

Case: K.M. v. E.G.

STATUS: Victory, California

NCLR helped file an amicus brief in the California Supreme Court to recognize K.M. as a parent after her partner refused to let K.M. see her children

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Family & Relationships

Case: Donna Jones, et al. v. San Joaquin Community Hospital

STATUS: Victory, California

When Donna and Sharolyn brought their 9-year old daughter to the emergency room, hospital staff refused to honor the daughter’s request to have both mothers with her and even physically blocked Donna and Sharolyn from trading places so that Donna could comfort their daughter.

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Family & Relationships

Case: Jones v. Barlow

STATUS: Loss, Utah

In a decision issued on February 16, 2007, the Utah Supreme Court reversed three decades of Utah case law holding that courts may protect children’s relationships with non-biological parents. Keri Jones and Cheryl Barlow had a child together in Utah using alternative insemination. After they separated, Barlow tried to keep Jones from having any contact with their child.

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Employment

Case: Jespersen v. Harrah’s Casino

STATUS: Loss, NV

NCLR and the Transgender Law Center filed an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit supporting Darlene Jespersen, who was fired by Harrah’s Casino after she refused to comply with a new policy requiring female employees to adopt a hyper-feminine appearance. Harrah’s policy required all women to wear heavy makeup applied in exactly the same way every day, to match a photograph held by the supervisor.

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State Legislation & Policy

Case: Jensen v. St. Augustine

STATUS: Victory, Florida

NCLR, on behalf of Equality Florida and St. Augustine Pride Committee, won the right to fly rainbow flags over the historical Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, Florida, for the 2005 Pride celebration.

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Vanessa

STATUS: Asylum Granted, Nicaragua

NCLR filed an asylum application for Vanessa, a lesbian woman from Nicaragua who regularly suffered beatings and harassment from the husband she married to avoid social stigma for being a lesbian

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Valeria

STATUS: Asylum Granted, Mexico

NCLR served as counsel for Valeria, a gender non-conforming woman from Mexico, in her efforts to obtain asylum after she returned to Mexico and was brutally assaulted, mutilated, and left for dead.

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Raul

STATUS: Victory, Peru

Originally from Peru, Raul is a transgender man who, from a very early age, knew that he was in the wrong body. As a child, he woke up every morning waiting for his body to change from female to male. His family had a difficult time adjusting to their child’s gender identity and expression. In school, he endured verbal and physical attacks, isolation, and harassment on a daily basis. Raul sought refuge in the United States where his relatives resided. His search for legal help went on for nine months and he was ready to give up when he found NCLR. Raul made his way to San Francisco where he proceeded to file for asylum. NCLR, with the assistance of pro bono attorney Cara Jobson at Ark, Wiley and Jobson, filed his application in February 2007. Raul was granted asylum in July 2007.

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