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

Your Dollars At Work—August 2016


Last week, we filed a lawsuit on behalf of the widower, David Reed (L), of a former KRON4 employee who was denied a spousal pension benefit after his husband’s death.

August 19, 2016

It has been a particularly brutal summer. And, as I write this, we are in the midst of the most appalling political theater I’ve ever witnessed. More than any other time in my memory, focusing on the life-changing and heart-opening work we do feels grounding and healing and gives all of us at NCLR a real sense of purpose. Backlash, retrenchment, ignorance, and vicious attacks—we are seeing and experiencing all of it but through it all we are steadfast. We are guided by an unquenchable fire to win full justice, freedom, and belonging for every LGBT person, especially the most vulnerable.

As you read the most recent highlights of our work, I hope you feel comforted and proud. Comforted knowing that we are here. We’ve got your back. Proud because without your faith and support none of this work would happen. You are our heroes in this moment. We will get through this difficult time stronger, with a greater resolve to right every wrong and with the power to do just that.


Kate Kendell, Esq.
NCLR Executive Director

National LGBT Organizations Urge Big 12 Conference to Skip BYU

NCLR and more than 20 leading LGBTQ organizations submitted a letter to the Big 12 Conference and its member schools urging it not to consider Brigham Young University (BYU) as a potential new conference member because of the school’s express policy of discriminating against same-sex couples and LGBTQ students. Read more.

Gay Widower Sues KRON4 Pension Plan for Refusing to Provide Survivor Benefits After His Husband Died

NCLR and co-counsel filed a lawsuit on behalf of the widower of a former KRON4 employee who was denied a spousal pension benefit even though the couple must be treated as spouses under the terms of the Plan. Read more.

Seattle Joins Growing Number of Jurisdictions Protecting LGBTQ Kids from Conversion Therapy

Our #BornPerfect team worked closely with LGBTQ leaders in Seattle to make the city the 10th jurisdiction—along with California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, and Miami Beach, FL—to protect youth from the dangerous practice of conversion therapy. Read more.

NCLR’s Partnership with USDA Furthers LGBTQ Equality in Rural America

For the past two years, NCLR has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the True Colors Fund on our #RuralPride campaign, in which we visit rural communities across the country and conduct day-long summits to identify the needs and lift up the voices of LGBTQ people living in rural America. Read more.

Read NCLR Legal Director’s Response to the Historic Pentagon Announcement Lifting Ban on Transgender Servicemembers

NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter and legal scholar David Codell wrote an OpEd for CNN.com following the Pentagon’s historic June announcement that it was lifting its ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military. Read more.

NCLR Helps Launch Groundbreaking TV Ad Depicting Transgender Discrimination

We helped launch a groundbreaking ad depicting the challenges faced by transgender people in accessing public restrooms that aired during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Read more.

NCLR Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholding Abortion Rights

Read NCLR’s response to the U.S. Supreme Court June decisions striking down two restrictions on abortion enacted by the State of Texas in 2013 that would have shut down three quarters of the clinics in the nation’s second-largest state. Read more.

The Freedom to Marry Documentary Soon in Theaters

Soon, you’ll be able to watch The Freedom to Marry, a new film by award-winning filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein that provides an emotional, behind-the-scenes view of how we won marriage equality at the U.S. Supreme Court, with a front-row seat of the campaign and strategy that ended marriage discrimination nationwide. Read more.


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