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Case: 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….

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: 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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Parenting

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…

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Family & Relationships

Case: 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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Employment

Case: Broussard v. Tower Loan

STATUS: Pending, Louisiana

On April 13, 2015, NCLR, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Altshuler Berzon LLP, and Delaney & Robb filed a lawsuit against Tower Loan for firing an employee because he is transgender. Tristan Broussard was hired as a Manager Trainee in Tower Loan’s Lake Charles Branch. During his first week on the job, he was…

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Family & Relationships

Case: E.L. v. V.L.

STATUS: Victory, Alabama

On March 7th 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Reversed Alabama’s Refusal to Recognize V.L.’s Out-of-State Adoption E.L. and V.L. are two women who were in a long term relationship and had three children through donor insemination. The non-biological mother, V.L., adopted the children in Georgia. When the parents later broke up, the biological mother, E.L.,…

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Marriage

Case: Strawser v. Strange

STATUS: Victory, Alabama

James Strawser and John Humphrey applied for a marriage license in Mobile County, Alabama, but were denied. Strawser faces significant health issues. Despite having a medical power of attorney, Humphrey was told by a hospital where Strawser was receiving medical treatment that they would not honor the document because Humphrey was not a family member…

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Employment

Case: Jamal v. Saks & Company

STATUS: Victory, Texas

  On January 20, 2015, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas supporting former Saks Fifth Avenue employee Leyth Jamal, who has filed a case alleging that Saks discriminated against her for…

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Marriage

Case: Schuett v. FedEx (Updated June 2016)

STATUS: Pending, California

On January 14, 2015, the widow of a longtime FedEx employee sued FedEx for refusing to provide her with federally required spousal pension benefits solely because both spouses were women. Stacey Schuett and Lesly Taboada-Hall were together for 30 years before they married on June 19, 2013 in Northern California. At the time of Taboada-Hall’s…

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Relationship Recognition

Case: Blumenthal v. Brewer

STATUS: Loss, Illinois

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Chicago Attorney Angelika Kuehn are representing Eileen Brewer, in a case seeking to end discrimination against unmarried couples that prevents them from accessing the same legal remedies that are open to others. Illinois courts currently bar unmarried couples from enforcing property disputes when they break up because…

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