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2019

Transgender Law

August 23, 2019

Federal Appeals Court Rules Idaho Department of Corrections Must Provide Gender Confirmation Surgery to Transgender Woman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2019 Contacts:  Lori Rifkin, Rifkin Law Office lrifkin@rifkinlaw.com / (510) 414-4132 Shannon Minter, NCLR sminter@nclrights.org / (415) 624-6071 “I am relieved and grateful the court recognized my right to necessary medical treatment, and that I will get the surgery I need.” SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, the 9th Circuit Court…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

August 14, 2019

NCLR Denounces Trump Administration’s “Public Charge Rule” Criminalizing Immigrants Benefitting From Social Welfare Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org (Washington, DC)— Today the Trump Administration published in final form its discriminatory “public charge” rule after strong opposition from a broad spectrum of immigration advocates, civil rights organizations, and mainstream media, including even the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal. Under this new…

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Youth

August 2, 2019

NCLR’s Born Perfect Campaign Hails Groundbreaking North Carolina Order Protecting LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org   (Raleigh, NC)  Today, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order to protect vulnerable young people from conversion therapy, which seeks to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The order directs the North Carolina Department of Health and…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org (Washington, DC)  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, which would raise wages for nearly 40 million workers. The Raise the Wage Act would increase the minimum wage to $8.55 this year and raise…

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Asylum & Immigration

July 15, 2019

Trump Administration Moves to End Asylum Protections for Central Americans 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org (Washington,DC)  Today, the Trump administration announced the publication tomorrow of an interim rule that would end asylum protections for most Central American migrants by providing that asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. border.  If adopted as a…

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Youth

July 3, 2019

Born Perfect Applauds Amazon Decision to Stop Promoting Dangerous “Gay Cure” Fraud to Parents

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org Born Perfect Applauds Amazon Decision to Stop Promoting Dangerous “Gay Cure” Fraud to Parents (Seattle, WA)  Today Amazon, the nation’s largest seller of online books, stopped marketing A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality by Joseph Nicolosi, a California therapist who promoted and…

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Youth

June 28, 2019

Utah Governor Herbert Orders Utah Licensing Board to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org (Salt Lake City, UT) Yesterday, Utah Governor Gary Herbert released a letter ordering the Utah Psychologist Licensing Board to promulgate regulations protecting youth from efforts by licensed mental health professionals to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Governor Herbert ordered the…

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Youth

June 28, 2019

Antoni Porowski Collaborates with Born Perfect on Limited Edition Pride T-Shirt to Support Conversion Therapy Survivors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org   (New York City, NY) Antoni Porowski has collaborated with the Born Perfect campaign to end conversion therapy on a limited edition Pride T-Shirt, designed by artist James Concannon,  celebrating the 50th  Anniversary of Stonewall. The T-Shirt, which highlights some of the heroes…

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Youth

June 25, 2019

Salt Lake County Lawmakers Pass Unanimous Bipartisan Resolution Urging State to Bar Conversion Therapy for Minors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org “As I know firsthand, being subjected to conversion therapy is a devastating and traumatizing experience for young people and their families.” (Salt Lake City, UT)  Today, the Salt Lake County Council passed a unanimous bipartisan resolution urging the Utah Legislature to pass legislation…

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Transgender Law

June 14, 2019

NCLR, GLAD and Equality California Applaud Ninth Circuit Ruling Giving Green Light for New Review of Transgender Military Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2018 Contacts:  Amanda Johnston, GLADajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 Shannon Minter, NCLR sminter@nclrights.org / (415)624-6071 Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California sam@eqca.org / (973) 476-3770 Today, the Ninth Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in Karnoski v. Trump, one of the four legal challenges to the ban on military service by transgender people.  The Ninth Circuit ruled that the…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

June 13, 2019

NCLR applauds the introduction of Every Child Deserves a Family Act of 2019 Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Every Child Deserves a Family (ECDF) Act of 2019 in the U.S. Senate, a bill that will ensure fair and compassionate treatment of all children and families in the foster care system – without…

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Transgender Law

June 5, 2019

NCLR and GLAD Respond to President Trump’s Statements about the Transgender Military Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 5, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org   Organizations leading the legal fight against the Trump administration’s ban on transgender military service issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s false claims that allowing transgender people to serve in the military would be overly costly: Statement by Jennifer Levi,…

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Asylum & Immigration

June 5, 2019

NCLR Applauds U.S. House Passage of Dream and Promise Act, which would put millions of immigrants on a pathway towards citizenship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org NCLR Applauds U.S. House Passage of Dream and Promise Act, which would put millions of immigrants on a pathway towards citizenship (Washington, DC)  Today, The U.S. House of Representatives passed a landmark bill that would create a pathway to permanent citizenship for over 2.5…

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State Legislation & Policy

June 4, 2019

NCLR Applauds Introduction of Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019, a Bill that Would Protect Sex Workers in Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org (Washington, DC)  Today, At-Large Councilmember David Grosso introduced the Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019, a bill that would decriminalize both the sale and purchase of sex in Washington D.C.The bill is co-sponsored by At-Large Councilmembers Anita Bonds, and Robert White, Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and Ward…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org (Washington, DC)  Today, The Supreme Court declined to hear Doe v. Boyertown Area School District, a case that challenged a Pennsylvania school district’s policy that protects transgender students from discrimination in all aspects of their education. Statement from Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney Asaf Orr:…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

May 24, 2019

Trump Administration to Eliminate LGBT Healthcare Anti-Discrimination Protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org  NCLR says, “The Trump administration is inviting mistreatment of the LGBT community, which will likely result in thousands of people going without essential health care services and coverage.” WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today the Trump administration announced a proposed federal regulation that would eliminate critical nondiscrimination…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

May 23, 2019

NCLR Condemns Proposed HUD Rule That Would Dissolve Discrimination Protections for Transgender People in Homeless Shelters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org (Washington, DC) Yesterday,  The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a plan to roll back a rule prohibiting homeless shelters from discriminating against transgender people. Statement from Senior Policy Counsel Tyrone Hanley: This is an assault on vulnerable populations who…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter, 415-624-6071; email sminter@nclrights.org  (Washington, DC) Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal civil rights bill that would protect LGBT individuals from discrimination in seven critical sectors: credit, education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service, and public accommodations. Introduced by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR.), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI.) Susan…

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Relationship Recognition

May 16, 2019

Ninth Circuit Rules in Favor of Gay Widower, Reversing KRON4 Pension Plan’s Denial of Survivor Benefits 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 16, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter, 415-624-6071; email sminter@nclrights.org Teresa Renaker, 415-653-1733; email teresa@renakerhasselman.com (San Francisco, CA) Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision in favor of David Reed, reversing a lower court decision finding that the KRON/IBEW Local 45 Pension Plan did not have to…

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Youth

May 14, 2019

Groundbreaking New Publication Promotes Health and Safety of Transgender Youth in Confinement Facilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 14, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org (San Francisco, CA)  Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) released a new publication, Model Policy: Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Intersex Youth in Youth Confinement Facilities, with support from the National PREA Resource…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

May 2, 2019

NCLR Condemns New HHS Rule Encouraging Denials of Health Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   May 2, 2019   Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org   (Washington, DC)  Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final version of a rule that expands the ability of health care providers and institutions to refuse to provide particular types of healthcare based on their religious or moral beliefs.  The new…

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Sports

May 1, 2019

NCLR Condemns Decision by International Sports Court Permitting Discrimination against Caster Semenya

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org   “There is no justification for this intrusive and unworkable policy, which targets Caster based on racist and sexist stereotypes about how women ‘should’ look and behave.”  (New York, N.Y.)— Today, in a divided 2-1 opinion, the international Court of Arbitration for Sport…

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Transgender Youth

April 25, 2019

Arizona Supreme Court Rules that Family Law Judges May Ensure that Transgender Children Receive Appropriate Care 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org   AZ Supreme Court says judges can ensure that parents provide a transgender child with needed care and support for gender dysphoria   (Phoenix, AZ, April 25, 2019)—Today, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a decision in Paul E. v. Courtney F., holding that family law judges…

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Employment

April 22, 2019

NCLR Responds to Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear Three Cases about the Rights of LGBT Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org “A Supreme Court decision reversing these established protections would be catastrophic for LGBT people and disruptive for businesses, who would face a patchwork of conflicting state laws.”       (Washington, DC, April 22, 2019) – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases addressing whether Title VII,…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

April 12, 2019

Trump Administration Begins Enforcing Its Transgender Military Ban Amid Ongoing Legal Challenges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2019 Contacts:  Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 Shannon Minter, NCLR sminter@nclrights.org / (415) 624-6071 GLAD says, “That the Trump administration has pushed so hard to be allowed to implement this baseless, immoral and un-American ban is nothing short of shameful.” NCLR says, “A country that turns its back…

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Youth

April 11, 2019

VICTORY! Arizona Repeals Anti-LGBTQ Curriculum Law After Filing of Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Shannon Minter 415-624-6071/ sminter@nclrights.org “We are thrilled that state officials have moved so quickly to get this harmful law off the books and allow LGBTQ students – in fact all students – to get access to the medically-accurate information that literally could save their lives.”   (Phoenix, AZ, April 11, 2019)…

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Youth

April 8, 2019

NCLR and Born Perfect Applaud Massachusetts for Becoming the 16th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter, NCLR Legal Director sminter@nclrights.org/ 415-624-6071 NCLR and Born Perfect Applaud Massachusetts for Becoming the 16th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy “This is a huge victory for LGBTQ youth and their parents in Massachusetts”   (Boston, MA, April 8, 2019) — Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed…

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Youth

March 28, 2019

NCLR and Lambda Legal Sue Arizona over Anti-LGBTQ Curriculum Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2019 Contacts: Shannon Minter (c) 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org “I’ve been bullied because of my sexual orientation, and this law just encourages more of the same by labeling who I am as something to be ashamed of.” (Tucson, AZ, March 28, 2019) – The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Lambda Legal,…

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The Washington Blade, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the Office of Women’s Policies and Initiatives, has named our Digital Strategy and Communications Manager, Andrea Pino, among the 40 Queer Women of Washington! Read more about Andrea, and the other amazing queer women leaders here.  

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Additional Civil Rights

March 20, 2019

National Center for Lesbian Rights Settles Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Against Therapist for Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2019 Contact: Perry Sacks, psacks@mrss.com, (917) 438-4619   National Center for Lesbian Rights Settles Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Against Therapist for Conversion Therapy   SAN FRANCISCO—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), along with co-counsel Arnold & Porter, announced a settlement in a lawsuit filed by their client, Kate McCobb,…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

March 20, 2019

GLAD, NCLR Statement In Response To DOD Guidelines For Implementing Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2019    GLAD, NCLR Statement In Response To DOD Guidelines For Implementing Trump’s Transgender Military Ban   Move by Trump Administration Violates Court Orders While Injunction in One Lawsuit Against the Ban Remains in Place   Washington, D.C. – GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

February 27, 2019

Attorneys Leading the Legal Fight Against the Ban Applaud Bipartisan Members of Congress for Standing By Transgender Troops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 27, 2019 Contacts: Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 Shannon Minter, NCLR sminter@nclrights.org / (415) 624-6071   GLAD, NCLR STATEMENTS ON HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARING ON TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN Attorneys Leading the Legal Fight Against the Ban Applaud Bipartisan Members of Congress for Standing By Transgender Troops Washington, D.C– GLBTQ…

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State Legislation & Policy

February 21, 2019

NCLR and Born Perfect Campaign Applaud Introduction of Historic Utah Bill to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2019 CONTACT: Shannon Minter, sminter@nclrights.org, (415) 624-6071 Perry Sacks, psacks@mrss.com, (917) 438-4619 NCLR and Born Perfect Campaign Applaud Introduction of Historic Utah Bill to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy Washington, DC — The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Born Perfect campaign applaud today’s introduction in Utah of…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

January 22, 2019

Supreme Court Allows Challenges to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban to Continue in Lower Courts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2019 Contacts: Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 Shannon Minter, NCLR sminter@nclrights.org / (415) 624-6071 Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California sam@eqca.org / (973) 476-3770 Supreme Court Allows Challenges to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban to Continue in Lower Courts GLAD’s Jennifer Levi said: The Trump administration’s cruel obsession with ridding our…

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State Legislation & Policy

January 15, 2019

NY Senate and Assembly Pass Bill to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2019 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / 215-983-3099   New York Senate and Assembly Pass Bill to Prohibit Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth Once signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York will become the 15th state to pass legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy, and…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

January 4, 2019

Trans Military Ban Still Blocked Despite New Decision Dissolving One of Four Nationwide Preliminary Injunctions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 4, 2019 Contacts: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769   Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Remains Blocked Despite New Decision Dissolving One of Four Nationwide Preliminary Injunctions Decision is “a devastating slap in the face to transgender service members who have proved their fitness…

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