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

Full Policy & Legislation List

Sports

Legislation/Policy: Combating Anti-LGBT Bias in Sports

STATUS: Ongoing, National

NCLR’s Sports Project regularly advocates for and assists transgender athletes across the country. NCLR co-founded and participates in a coalition of LGBT sports leaders from across the country that works to combat anti-LGBT bias in sports. The coalition brings together college and professional athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, political figures, LGBT advocates and sports organizations to…

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Additional Civil Rights

Legislation: School Success and Opportunity Act

STATUS: Victory, California

On February 22, 2013, California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano introduced the School Success and Opportunity Act—Assembly Bill 1266—to ensure that transgender students are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. The bill requires that school district provide transgender students with access to restrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-separated activities based on their gender identity. By…

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Employment

Policy: U.S. Department of Agriculture Rule Impacting Rural Americans

STATUS: Final, Federal

NCLR is committed to working closely with the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure that its services are fully accessible to the LGBT people and families that live and work in rural America. Because of misconceptions about LGBT people in rural communities, too often, the needs and vulnerabilities of this community are overlooked. NCLR has…

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Employment

Legislation: Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

STATUS: Pending, Federal

NCLR is strongly committed to passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would provide federal protections against employment discrimination for LGBT employees. Without explicit federal protections from employment discrimination, LGBT employees face significant job discrimination and live in fear of being fired just because of who they are. Right now, in 29 states, people can…

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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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