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Parenting

Legislation: California Assembly Bill 960

STATUS: Pending, California

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is co-sponsoring a bill authored by State Assemblyman David Chiu that would modernize California’s assisted reproduction laws to recognize that all intended parents using assisted reproduction to conceive children should be recognized as parents. Specifically, AB 960 would remove the requirement from Family Law that couples must involve a doctor when…

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Transgender Youth

Legislation: California Senate Bill 731

STATUS: Pending, California

On February 27, 2015, California State Senator Mark Leno introduced Senate Bill 731 to give critical guidance to child welfare workers and caregivers regarding the placement of transgender youth in out-of-home care. The bill, co-authored by Senator Jim Beall, amends the Foster Care Bill of Rights to specify that foster youth have the right to…

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Employment

Legislation: California Senate Bill 703

STATUS: Pending, California

Senate Bill 703, authored by California State Senator Mark Leno, will prohibit state agencies from entering into a contract in the amount of $100,000 or more with a contractor who discriminates in the provision of benefits based on an employee’s gender identity. The bill also will expand existing enforcement provisions in California contracting law by…

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State Legislation & Policy

Legislation: Assembly Bill 3371

STATUS: Victory, New Jersey

In 2013, NCLR worked with local advocates in New Jersey to pass Assembly Bill 3371—a law modeled off California’s groundbreaking Senate Bill 1172. On August 19, Governor Chris Christie signed the nation’s second law prohibiting state-licensed therapists from practicing anti-LGBT conversion therapy on those under 18 years old. Though every major medical and mental health organization has…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

Legislation: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act Of 2010

STATUS: Victory, Federal

On December 22, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act (Repeal), which allowed for the repeal of the 1994 federal policy that barred LGB people from serving openly in the military. As President Obama remarked during the signing of the bill, “No longer will tens of thousands of…

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Asylum & Immigration

Legislation: Reuniting Families Act (RFA)

STATUS: Pending, Federal

The Reuniting Families Act (RFA) is an amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act that would offer a more comprehensive and humane family-based immigration system. With the goal of providing a more efficient and timely way for lawful immigrant families to reunite, the RFA would provide equal treatment towards all immigrant families, including its members….

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Transgender Law

Policy: Medicare

STATUS: Pending, Federal

NCLR, along with the ACLU national, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), and a New Mexico civil rights attorney, filed a challenge in March 2013 to Medicare’s ban on medically necessary healthcare for transgender patients. Since the early 1980s, Medicare, which provides healthcare to Americans ages 65 and older and younger people with certain…

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Prisons

Policy: LGBT Prisoners

STATUS: Pending, California

NCLR is working with correctional agencies in California to develop policies and procedures to protect the health and safety of LGBT prisoners. This work includes efforts to house transgender women in female housing units, ensuring transgender prisoners’ access to hormone therapy, and implementing policies and procedures that protect LGBT prisoners from sexual and physical violence.

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Prisons

Legislation: Prison Rape Elimination Act

STATUS: Pending, Federal

NCLR has worked for years on issues related to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a federal law passed in 2003 to address sexual assault of prisoners. NCLR worked with the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) to ensure that protections are in place for kids held in juvenile facilities.

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State Legislation & Policy

Legislation: Senate Bill 1172

STATUS: Victory, California

In 2012, NCLR helped draft and pass a groundbreaking law in California that prohibits licensed mental health practitioners from trying to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender expression. Sometimes called “reparative therapy,” these dangerous practices by therapists put youth at risk of severe depression, suicide, and drug and alcohol abuse. Every major medical…

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