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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,”…

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: 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…

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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…

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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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