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Proyecto Poderoso

LGBT people live in all communities—not just in urban areas. There are many LGBT people living in rural communities who face unique challenges and have unique legal needs. Proyecto Poderoso improves access to legal services for low-income LGBT people in rural California.


Featured Court Cases & Advocacy

Low Income & Poverty

Advocacy: Transgender Elder Law Clinic


In collaboration with the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, NCLR organized one of the first transgender-specific elder law clinics in March 2013. NCLR organized volunteer attorneys and advocates from the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, Transgender Law Center, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Legal Aid Foundation of L.A., Neighborhood Legal Services of Los…


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Featured Policy & Legislation

Low Income & Poverty

Policy: Domestic Violence and Housing


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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Legislation: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


NCLR has worked closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the recently enacted healthcare reform law. NCLR has drafted and signed on to numerous sets of comments to HHS providing thoughts and analysis on several regulations surrounding the ACA, advocating tirelessly…


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Rural Communities

August 16, 2016

In DES MOINES: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Deliver Keynote Remarks at LGBT Rural Summit

Rural Communities

July 14, 2016

IN VISALIA, CA: USDA, NCLR Co-host Visalia LGBT Rural Summit

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