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Transgender Parents

Since its start, NCLR has worked to ensure that LGBT parents have the legal protections they need.


Transgender Youth

NCLR is committed to establishing legal protections that ensure transgender youth can live freely.


Featured Court Cases & Advocacy

Federal Legislation & Policy

Case: Student v. Arcadia Unified School District

STATUS: Victory, National

NCLR represents a transgender student who transitioned from female to male a few years ago. After transitioning, the student returned to middle school hopeful that everything would go smoothly. Although he presented as male and had completed a court-ordered name change, the school district still required that he use the nurse’s office for restroom access…



Case: Adams v. Federal Bureau of Prisons et al.

STATUS: Victory, Massachusetts

The National Center for Lesbian Rights litigated and settled a case for Vanessa Adams that ensured proper treatment and healthcare for transgender prisoners housed in the federal prison system.


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Featured Policy & Legislation

Transgender Law

Policy: Medicare

NCLR, along with the ACLU national, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), and a New Mexico civil rights attorney, filed a challenge in March 2013 to Medicare’s ban on medically necessary healthcare for transgender patients. Since the early 1980s, Medicare, which provides healthcare to Americans ages 65 and older and younger people with certain…


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Legislation: School Success and Opportunity Act


On February 22, 2013, California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano introduced the School Success and Opportunity Act—Assembly Bill 1266—to ensure that transgender students are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. The bill requires that school district provide transgender students with access to restrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-separated activities based on their gender identity. By…


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Press Releases

Transgender Law

April 25, 2015

NCLR Applauds Jenner’s Courage In Sharing Transgender Identity With the Public

Transgender Law

April 8, 2015

NCLR Applauds the EEOC’s Decision Ensuring Restroom Access for Transgender Employees

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