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2017: NCLR’s Year in Review

December 22, 2017

You may have heard about some of what we’ve been up to this year:

  • For the first time in our 40 year history, NCLR sued a sitting president to stop Trump’s transgender military ban. NCLR, together with GLAD, was first to file a lawsuit challenging the ban and first to secure a nationwide preliminary injunction halting the ban while the challenge is heard in the courts. We are winning, but there will be a long battle ahead. If the ban is permitted to stand, that precedent could be used against transgender people in every aspect of life, family law, employment law, immigration, and more. The stakes here could not be higher.
  • We won our third U.S. Supreme Court victory in two years in Pavan v. Smith, fending off attacks that would chip away at marriage equality. Pavan ensures that married same-sex couples and married different-sex couples are treated equally under the law and has been called “the biggest win for LGBT parents this year.”

But did you know:

  • Our #BornPerfect Campaign helped secure laws prohibiting conversion therapy in New Mexico, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Nevada and numerous cities and counties across the country. We filed one of the first consumer fraud lawsuits in the country to help conversion therapy survivors recoup funds spent on harmful, dangerous conversion therapy. And we partnered with Focus Features to review and edit the script of Boy Erased, a film based on Garrard Conley’s conversion therapy memoir, to be released in 2018 starring Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. NCLR has been standing up for conversion therapy survivors for more than 20 years.
  • Facing a hostile administration, NCLR’s Immigration Project nearly doubled its caseload this year and is continuing to win life-saving asylum for LGBT people fleeing violence and persecution across the globe.
  • Our Legal Helpline has experienced a spike in calls under the Trump administration from those fearful for the safety and security of their families, jobs, and immigration status. In this time of uncertainty, NCLR is here for our vulnerable community members, answering questions and fighting against Trump administration attempts to roll back our rights.
  • Our Washington, D.C. office is one of the leading forces working to block Trump nominations of unqualified, extremist judges who could negatively impact our judiciary for decades to come. We are also leading coalitions of LGBT groups in calling for a clean Dream Act and a fair budget.
  • In January, NCLR took to the streets for the Women’s March in both DC and San Francisco, and was a driving force organizing and leading the San Francisco Women’s March. Then in May, close to 2,000 people joined us at our annual gala in San Francisco to celebrate four decades of NCLR work.
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