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Sacramento Votes 4-0 to Pass New Non-Discrimination Policy

(Sacramento, CA, October 15, 2013)—Today, the city of Sacramento’s Law and Legislative Committee voted 4-0 to strengthen its protections against discrimination on the basis of a person’s gender identity, incorporating and augmenting existing protections under state law.

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Hundreds Take Pledge to Re-Engage with the LGBT Community to Fight AIDS/HIV

(San Francisco, CA, September 27, 2013)—Today, in support of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, hundreds of organizations and individuals...

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New Guidance from HHS Protects LGBT Elders

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has issued an official guidance making it clear that same-sex partners and others must be given equal visitation rights at long-term care facilities, regardless of their marital status.

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LGBT Groups Challenge Medicare’s Refusal to Provide Healthcare to Transgender Patients

(Washington, D.C., March 29, 2013)—Last week, several national LGBT groups and a cooperating attorney filed an administrative challenge to Medicare’s ban on medically necessary healthcare for transgender patients. Medicare, which provides healthcare to Americans ages 65 and older and younger people with certain qualifying disabilities, currently prohibits all forms of gender reassignment surgeries regardless of the individual patient’s diagnosis or serious medical needs.

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CA Governor Signs Bill Ensuring Equal Access to Fertility Services for Same-Sex Couples

(San Francisco, CA, September 28, 2012)—Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to ensure that women in same-sex relationships and single women can access fertility services on the same terms as women in different-sex relationships. Assembly Bill 2356, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and co-sponsored by Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, allows women using known donors to access certain fertility procedures that are less expensive and more effective.

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Affordable Care Act Prohibits Gender Identity Discrimination

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington D.C., August 6, 2012)—The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has confirmed that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) protects against discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

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NCLR Responds to Supreme Court Decision Upholding the Affordable Care Act

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, June 28, 2012)—Today, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and ruled that the individual mandate, which requires most individuals to buy health insurance, is constitutional. The Court upheld the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility, but also ruled that states that do not comply with the expanded Medicaid provisions cannot be denied existing Medicaid funds.

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NCLR Responds to Susan G. Komen Decision to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, February 1, 2012)—Yesterday, Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced it would no longer financially support Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country to help them provide thousands of breast exams per year.

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NCLR Commemorates World AIDS Day, Commends Obama Administration for Working to End the Pandemic

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington, D.C., December 1, 2011)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights joins advocates around the world commemorating World AIDS Day to remember those we have lost to this disease, to acknowledge the significant advances we have made, and to raise awareness about how far we still must come in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the struggle to protect those living with infection. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 33.3 million people have HIV worldwide, and 1.2 million of those people are in the United States. World AIDS Day is recognized on December 1st annually, and provides an opportunity to educate and advocate about the importance of decreasing the spread of HIV/AIDS, and protecting those living with HIV/AIDS from discrimination and mistreatment based on their status.

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California Governor Signs Groundbreaking Law Protecting Same-sex Spouses and Partners of Nursing Home Residents

Statement by NCLR Federal Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, October 11, 2011)—On October 9, 2011, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill—AB 641—that provides same-sex spouses and registered domestic partners of nursing home residents the same financial protections available to opposite sex married couples. The groundbreaking law protects Californians in same sex relationships from losing access to joint financial resources, such as bank accounts or stock, when their partner or spouse applies for the Medi-Cal long-term care benefit.

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