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

Your Dollars At Work—October 2016


Hillary Clinton tweeted support for our #BornPerfect campaign and called for an end to conversion therapy on LGBTQ minors. Click to see the tweet.

October 24, 2016

You are about to read some snapshots of some very powerful and transformative work. You are about to read of work that changes lives, work that showcases courage and resilience and the power of perseverance and commitment. You are about to read of work that YOU make possible. Everything we do is because you believe and invest. So enough from me. Just read … and THANK YOU!


Kate Kendell, Esq.
NCLR Executive Director

Equality Utah and NCLR Announce First-Of-Its-Kind Lawsuit Challenging Utah’s Anti-LGBT Curriculum Laws on Behalf of Public School Students, Parents, and Teachers
NCLR and the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP have filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Equality Utah and three students challenging Utah’s laws that ban positive speech about LGBT people in the state’s public schools. The lawsuit—the first of its kind in the country to challenge such state laws—alleges that the laws violate the U.S. Constitution and federal education law by discriminating against LGBT people and restricting the First Amendment rights of students and teachers. Read more.


NCLR Challenges Hospital’s Discrimination Against Transgender Teenager
NCLR and co-counsel filed a lawsuit last month on behalf of Katharine Prescott, whose transgender teenaged son was discriminated against and repeatedly referred to as a female at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego after he was admitted there for care. Read more.

>Learn more about the case and then click “Learn About Kyler Prescott” to read one of his poems.


Victory! Arizona Court Decision in NCLR Case Protects Children Born to Married Same-Sex Couples
In a major victory, the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two held that our client, Suzan McLaughlin, is a legal parent of the son she and her former same-sex spouse conceived through donor insemination and raised together before the couple separated. Read more.


NCLR Wins Federal Court Victory for Transgender Student
In a significant victory last month, a federal court ordered the Highland Local School District in Ohio to allow our client, an 11-year-old transgender girl, to use school restrooms that correspond to her gender identity and to otherwise to treat her like all other female students. Read more.


CA Governor Signs NCLR-Sponsored Bill Banning State-Funded Travel to States with New Anti-LGBTQ Laws
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill sponsored by NCLR that bans non-essential, state-funded travel by California state employees to North Carolina, Mississippi, and other states that enact anti-LGBTQ laws. Read more.


NCLR Launches Campaign Urging Municipal and State Leaders to Ask Congress to Pass the Equality Act
This month, we launched a new campaign—Support the Equality Act—urging municipal and state leaders across the country to enact resolutions pressing Congress to pass the federal Equality Act. Read more.


NCLR Client Asks Illinois Supreme Court to Rehear Decision Barring Property Claims by Unmarried Partners
Our client in Blumenthal v. Brewer is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to rehear the case in which it barred former unmarried partners from enforcing property claims against one another when they break up. Read more.


NCLR Welcomes HUD Rule Requiring Equal Treatment of Transgender People in Emergency Shelter
Read our statement on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development a final rule requiring equal treatment of transgender people in federally funded emergency shelters. Read more.

> Don’t miss our blog with more insights into the new rule.


NCLR Participates in Historic White House Meeting on LGBTQ People and People Living with HIV in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
NCLR took part in a White House symposium last month along with 150 formerly incarcerated LGBTQ people, policymakers & advocates discussing unique challenges faced by LGBTQ people and people living with HIV in the criminal legal system. Read more.


NCLR Responds To Texas Ruling that Jeopardizes Nationwide Protections for Transgender Students
Read our response to a federal court judge’s preliminary injunction in Texas v. United States against the federal government’s guidance to public school districts regarding their legal responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students. Read more.


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