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Transgender Youth

Transgender youth face unique legal issues and challenges in the fight for equality. NCLR is the only LGBTQ legal organization with a project focused on the little “t” in LGBTQ and has been a leading advocate for the rights of transgender youth. Through litigation and advocacy, NCLR has helped ensure that transgender youth have the support and opportunities they need to thrive.


Legislation & Policy

TGNC Youth in Confinement Facilities


NCLR received support from the National Prison Rape Elimination Act Resource Center (PRC) to develop a model policy for confinement facilities housing transgender, gender nonconforming and intersex youth. NCLR and the Center for Children’s Law and Policy worked with a diverse group of youth justice stakeholders, including advocates for TGNCI communities, formerly incarcerated young people, facility personnel, and youth justice practitioners from across the country. Together, we produced the model policy which was published by the PRC. Based on the policy, NCLR and the National Juvenile Defender Center created a checklist for juvenile defenders to help juvenile defenders advocate for the safety and well-being of TGNCI youth in secure and non-secure facilities.


Cases & Advocacy

Calgaro v. St. Louis County


E.J.K. is Ms. Calgaro’s transgender daughter. E.J.K. was forced to leave home at fifteen-years old because she was being physically and emotionally mistreated by her mother and step-father. While living on her own, E.J.K. sought mental health, and eventually medical, treatment for her gender dysphoria. Ms. Calgaro claimed that each of the defendants interfered with her constitutional right to parent E.J.K.



Press Release

NCLR Condemns Idaho Law Barring Transgender Girls from Sports

March 30, 2020. The National Center for Lesbian Rights strongly condemns Idaho Governor Brad Little’s decision to sign HB 500, a law that bars transgender girls from participating in sports.  As a result of the Governor’s action, Idaho will now be the only state in the country to bar transgender children from school sports.



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