Achieving LGBT Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

Full Policy & Legislation List

Elders

Policy: U.S. Health and Human Services Equal Visitation Rights

STATUS: Victory, Federal

NCLR worked in collaboration with several organizations to advocate for equal visitation rights for same-sex partners in hospitals and nursing homes. In April 2010, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing HHS to issue regulations requiring all hospitals receiving Medicaid and Medicare to prohibit discrimination in visitation against LGBT people. HHS issued regulations that went…

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Asylum & Immigration

Policy: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

STATUS: Victory, Federal

On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to allow undocumented young people who came to the United States as children—commonly known as “DREAMers”—to apply for work permits and relief from deportation. While this announcement presented a life-changing opportunity for LGBT DREAMers, it also carried $465 in fees…

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Additional Civil Rights

Legislation: Comprehensive Immigration Reform

STATUS: Pending, Federal

NCLR is committed to comprehensive and humane immigration reform that provides a pathway forward for the 11 million undocumented people living and working in this U.S., including at least 267,000 who identify as LGBT. NCLR is working closely with the broader immigration movement to develop and pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that will create a…

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Additional Civil Rights

Legislation/Policy: Addressing Violence Against LGBT People

STATUS: Ongoing, Federal

NCLR is committed to addressing and decreasing violence against LGBT people, particularly violence that disproportionately impacts women and transgender people in the LGBT community. We have worked closely with several agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the White House Office for Violence Against Women on efforts to target and address this violence. We…

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Additional Civil Rights

Legislation: The Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act

STATUS: Pending, Federal

In response to a number of tragic recent instances of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment against young people – too many of which resulted the growing rates of absenteeism, dropout, adverse health consequences, and academic underachievement among LGBT youth, as well as the lack of adequate federal statutory protections, NCLR has joined many of our colleagues…

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Low Income & Poverty

Policy: Domestic Violence and Housing

STATUS: Pending, Federal

The National Center for Lesbian Rights recognizes that domestic violence is an issue in the LGBT community, and it sometimes impacts access to housing for the survivor. Because of misconceptions about domestic and intimate partner violence along with preconceived notions about gender, many LGBT victims of domestic violence face additional stigmatization as a result of…

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Additional Civil Rights

Policy: Federal LGBT Equal Access Rule

STATUS: Victory, Federal

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is committed to increasing access to fair housing for the LGBT community across the country. NCLR has worked extremely closely with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help shape fair housing policies that impact our community. In 2010, HUD announced that it would begin interpreting the…

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Additional Civil Rights

Policy: Federal Hospital Visitation Rule

STATUS: Victory, Federal

The National Center for Lesbian Rights was a lead partner with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the development of the administration’s historic Hospital Visitation Rule. The Rule came at the direction of President Obama who urged HHS to identify ways to protect the hospital visitation rights of all patients through policy…

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Additional Civil Rights

Legislation: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

STATUS: Pending, Federal

NCLR has worked closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the recently enacted healthcare reform law. NCLR has drafted and signed on to numerous sets of comments to HHS providing thoughts and analysis on several regulations surrounding the ACA, advocating tirelessly…

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Additional Civil Rights

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, 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 Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love.”

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