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2016

Healthcare

May 13, 2016

HHS Issues New Rules Confirming Ban on Health Care and Insurance Discrimination against LGBT People

(May 13, 2016, New York, NY) – The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today finalized new rules confirming that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are protected against health care discrimination under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in health…

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Transgender Youth

May 13, 2016

NCLR Applauds Federal Guidance on Title IX and Transgender Students

(San Francisco, CA, May 13, 2016) – Today, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the United States Department of Justice issued guidance on Title IX and the right of transgender students to attend school free from discrimination based on sex. The guidance affirms that schools, colleges, and universities must…

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Additional Civil Rights

May 8, 2016

NCLR Honors Black Lives Matter Co-Founders, a Transgender Youth, and Lesbian Mom who Fought for Her Parental Rights at its Saturday Anniversary Celebration

(San Francisco, CA, May 7, 2016)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) honored the co-founders of Black Lives Matter for their commitment to justice, a transgender boy whose courage has shaped the national conversation around transgender youth, and a lesbian mother who fought for her parental rights at its 2016 Anniversary Celebration. More than…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

April 28, 2016

NCLR Applauds U.S. Senators Murray and Booker for Introducing Bill to Protect LGBT People from Conversion Therapy

(San Francisco, CA, April 28, 2016)—Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Corey Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, a companion bill to HR 2450, introduced in the House of Representatives by Ted Lieu in 2015. The bill would define the provision of conversion therapy for profit as consumer fraud and, additionally, take…

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Prisons

April 21, 2016

Coalition of National LGBT, Racial Equality, and Health Groups File Amicus Brief in Support of Michael Johnson

(San Francisco, CA, April 21, 2016)—Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and a coalition of 22 other LGBT, racial justice, and health equity organizations announced the filing of a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Michael Johnson, a former Missouri college student sentenced to more than 30 years for violating Missouri’s HIV transmission and…

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Transgender Youth

April 19, 2016

GLAD and NCLR Applaud Decision Which Affirms U.S. Department of Education Rule Mandating Equal Treatment of Transgender Students

(San Francisco, CA, April 19, 2016)—GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today applaud a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which confirms policy set by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, that ensures Gavin Grimm, a 15-year-old transgender student…

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Additional Civil Rights

April 13, 2016

NCLR to Honor Black Lives Matter Co-Founders, a Lesbian Mom who Fought for Her Parental Rights, and a Young Transgender Boy at Anniversary Celebration

(San Francisco, CA, April 12, 2016)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is proud to announce it will honor the co-founders of Black Lives Matter for their commitment to justice, a mother who would not sit idly by when her rights as a parent were challenged, and a transgender young boy whose courage has shaped…

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Youth

March 23, 2016

World’s Largest Psychiatric Association Condemns Conversion Therapy

  (San Francisco, CA, March 23, 2016)—Today, the world’s largest organization of mental health professionals—representing more than 200,000 people in 118 countries—called for an end to the discredited practice of “conversion therapy,” which is linked to serious harms, including depression, substance abuse, and suicide. In a statement issued today, the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) says:…

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Parenting

March 17, 2016

New Federal Report Shows Increasing Support of Same-Sex Adoptions

(San Francisco, CA, March 17, 2016)—A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows increasing national support for adoptions by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents. The National Survey on Family Growth, which studies attitudes toward a broad range of social issues, including those impacting the LGBT community, shows…

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Additional Civil Rights

March 16, 2016

NCLR Response to U.S. Supreme Court Nomination

Statement of NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell in response to President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court.  “Chief Judge Garland was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals with broad bipartisan support and has earned a reputation as a careful, moderate and brilliant jurist.  He is superbly qualified to…

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Additional Civil Rights

March 15, 2016

NCLR to Honor California Lieutenant Governor and Salt Lake City Mayor at Annual Garden Party Celebration

(Palm Springs, CA, March 14, 2016)—One of the nation’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal organizations—which has been at the forefront of the fight to achieve LGBT equality for nearly four decades and helped win marriage equality nationally—will host its annual Palm Springs Garden Party on April 2nd during Dinah weekend. The National Center…

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Additional Civil Rights

March 8, 2016

Longtime LGBT Movement Leader and Attorney Joins NCLR

(San Francisco, CA, March 8, 2016)—Longtime LGBT leader and attorney Ruth McFarlane has joined the National Center for Lesbian Rights as its Director of Development & Community Engagement. McFarlane, a graduate of University of California, Berkeley and Cornell University, brings two decades of nonprofit leadership and legal experience to NCLR, where she will oversee the…

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Parenting

March 7, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Reverses Alabama’s Refusal to Recognize a Same-Sex Parent Adoption from Georgia

(Washington, DC, March 7, 2016)—Today, the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed an Alabama Supreme Court decision refusing to recognize a lesbian mother’s prior adoption of her three children in Georgia. Today’s summary reversal restores V.L. full rights as an adoptive parent. “I am overjoyed that the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Alabama court decision,” said the…

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Transgender Youth

March 1, 2016

NCLR Responds to South Dakota Governor’s Rejection of Anti-Transgender Bill

(San Francisco, CA, March 1, 2016)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights applauds South Dakota Governor Dennis Dauggard for vetoing House Bill 1008, which would have required South Dakota public schools to invade the privacy of all students and deny transgender students the ability to be treated the same as other students. Statement by NCLR Transgender…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

February 24, 2016

National Organizations Target “Conversion Therapy” Quacks with Historic Federal Consumer Fraud Complaint

(Washington D.C., February 24, 2016)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a federal consumer fraud complaint against People Can Change, an organization that preys on vulnerable LGBT people and families by using damaging and discredited claims that it can change an…

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Youth

February 6, 2016

NCLR Applauds Governor Cuomo for Taking Bold Executive Action to End Conversion Therapy in New York

(New York, NY, February 6, 2016)—New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a series of comprehensive regulations to prevent the practice of so-called lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender “conversion therapy,” which has been deemed harmful to patients by a wide variety of leading medical and mental health professionals. The multi-agency regulations announced today ban…

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Rural Communities

January 27, 2016

Huntsville Hosts Alabama #RuralPride Summit February 4

(Huntsville, AL, January 27, 2016)—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will host the next #RuralPride summit in Huntsville, Alabama on February 4. The event, co-hosted by the True Colors Fund, will be held at the Alabama A&M University, Agricultural Research Center (ARC), Building 0870,  4900 Meridian Street…

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Youth

January 26, 2016

NCLR Applauds President Obama’s Executive Order Restricting Use of Solitary Confinement for Youth and People with Serious Mental Illnesses

(January 26, 2016, San Francisco, CA)—Yesterday, President Obama announced an executive order placing essential restrictions on the use of solitary confinement in the federal prison system.  The order bans solitary confinement of youth, reduces the use of solitary confinement for protective custody, and requires that prisoners with serious mental illnesses receive treatment rather than solitary…

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Relationship Recognition

January 22, 2016

Gay Widower Sues San Francisco Bay Area Union Pension Plan for Refusing to Provide Survivor Benefits After His Husband Died

(San Francisco, January 22, 2016) – Today, the widower of a hotel telecommunications engineer in San Francisco sued the IUOE Stationary Engineers Local 39 Pension Plan and its Board of Trustees for refusing to provide him with a spousal pension benefit required by the terms of the pension plan and federal law, solely because both…

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Asylum & Immigration

January 19, 2016

NCLR Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Hear DAPA/DACA Case

(January 19, 2016, Washington, D.C.)—Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the Fifth Court of Appeal’s decision blocking the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. By agreeing to hear the challenge to the…

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Healthcare

January 5, 2016

Coalition of National LGBT, Racial Equality, and Health Groups File Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Challenge to Texas Abortion Restrictions

LGBT, Racial Justice, and Health Equity Groups Urge Court to Carefully Scrutinize State’s Unfounded Health and Safety Claims (Washington, D.C., January 5, 2016)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and a coalition of 13 other LGBT, racial justice, and health equity organizations have filed an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole asking the…

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Marriage

January 4, 2016

Federal Court Denies FedEx’s Attempt to Throw Out Suit by Widow of FedEx Employee Denied Pension Benefits Based on Her Spouse’s 26 years of Service to the Company

(San Francisco, January 4, 2016)—Today, U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton denied FedEx’s attempt to throw out a lawsuit filed by Stacey Schuett, a widow of a longtime FedEx employee who has been denied the survivor pension benefits her same-sex spouse earned during her long career with the company. FedEx refuses to provide the benefits…

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