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2016

Transgender Youth

August 22, 2016

District Court Issues Injunction against Guidance Protecting Transgender Students

(Fort Worth, TX – August 22, 2016) – A U.S. District Court judge today issued a preliminary injunction against the federal government’s guidance to public school districts regarding their legal responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students. The ruling came in the multi-state lawsuit, Texas v. United States. Five…

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Relationship Recognition

August 18, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court Deals Major Setback to Unmarried Couples

(Springfield, IL, August 18, 2016)— Today, in a 5-2 decision with a strong dissent, the Illinois Supreme Court held that unmarried couples are barred from bringing common law claims to divide their property when they break up. The decision affirms the discriminatory policy established in 1979 by the Illinois Supreme Court in Hewitt v. Hewitt,…

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Rural Communities

August 16, 2016

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

(Des Moines, Iowa, August 16, 2016)—On Thursday, August 18th, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will deliver keynote remarks at Iowa’s first LGBT #RuralPride Summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), True Colors Fund, and One Iowa. Part of a groundbreaking national series, this free event will feature panels and…

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Relationship Recognition

August 9, 2016

Gay Widower Sues KRON4 Pension Plan for Refusing to Provide Survivor Benefits After His Husband Died

(San Francisco, August 9, 2016)—Today, the widower of a former KRON4 employee sued Young Broadcasting of San Francisco and the KRON/IBEW Local 45 Pension Plan for refusing to provide him with a spousal pension benefit even though the couple were registered domestic partners. David Reed and Donald Lee Gardner began dating in 1998. They quickly…

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Sports

August 9, 2016

National LGBT Organizations Urge Big 12 Conference to Skip BYU

(New York, NY, August 9, 2016)—Athlete Ally, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and more than 20 leading LGBT organizations submitted a letter to the Big 12 Conference and its member schools urging it not to consider Brigham Young University (BYU) as a potential new conference member because of the school’s express policy of…

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Transgender Youth

August 3, 2016

NCLR Responds to U.S. Supreme Court’s Stay of the Fourth Circuit’s Ruling in Transgender Student Case

(San Francisco, CA, August 3, 2016)—Today, in a 5-3 vote in which Justice Breyer noted that his vote for a stay was a mere “courtesy,” the U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of the Fourth Circuit’s recent decision in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board holding that federal law requires Virginia’s public schools to permit…

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Youth

August 1, 2016

Seattle Joins Growing Number of Jurisdictions Protecting LGBTQ Kids from Conversion Therapy

(San Francisco, CA, August 1, 2016)—Today, Seattle City Council unanimously voted to protect LGBTQ youth in the city from conversion therapy, making Seattle the 10th jurisdiction—along with California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, and Miami Beach, FL—to protect youth from this dangerous practice. Today’s 9-0 vote protects LGBTQ youth from…

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Employment

July 29, 2016

NCLR Responds to Seventh Circuit Decision Rejecting Sex Discrimination Claim by Lesbian Worker

(San Francisco, CA, July 29, 2016)—Yesterday, a panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that it was bound by its own prior decisions to deny a woman’s claim that her employer, Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, Indiana, violated Title 7, a federal law barring sex discrimination in employment, when it repeatedly…

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Transgender Law

July 28, 2016

LGBT Advocates Urge District Court Not to Let States Game the System

(Wichita Falls, TX, July 28, 2016)—Five leading national civil and LGBT rights organizations late yesterday filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the multi-state lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s guidance regarding public school districts’ responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students. The lawsuit also targets guidance addressing…

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Additional Civil Rights

July 15, 2016

NCLR Launches Campaign Urging RNC to Reject Support for Conversion Therapy in 2016 Platform

(San Francisco, CA, July 15, 2016)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) calls on the LGBT community and the general public to urge delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention to reject the party’s proposed platform and work to end the dangerous and discredited practice of LGBT conversion therapy. Delegates to the convention, which…

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Rural Communities

July 14, 2016

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

(Visalia, CA, July 14, 2016)–The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will host the 12th LGBT #RuralPride Summit at the Visalia Convention Center on July 21st. Co-hosted by the True Colors Fund, this free event will feature panels and workshops addressing challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender…

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Transgender Law

July 11, 2016

National TV Ad Depicting Transgender Discrimination to Premiere During Republican National Convention

(Washington, D.C. July 11, 2o16)—A groundbreaking ad depicting the challenges faced by transgender people in accessing public restrooms—and highlighting the lack of state and federal nondiscrimination protections for transgender people—will have its national television debut on FOX News Channel next Thursday, July 21, during the final night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The ad…

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Additional Civil Rights

June 30, 2016

NCLR Responds to Historic Pentagon Announcement that It Is Lifting Its Ban on Transgender Servicemembers

(Washington, D.C., June 30, 2016)—Today, the Pentagon made a historic announcement that it is lifting its ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military. The announcement, made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, comes five years after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” that allowed lesbian, gay, and bisexual people to…

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Healthcare

June 27, 2016

NCLR Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholding Abortion Rights

(Washington D.C., June 27, 2016)—Today the U.S. Supreme Court struck down two restrictions on abortion enacted by the State of Texas in 2013 that would have shut down three quarters of the clinics in the nation’s second-largest state. The 5-3 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, upholding the constitutional rights of Texas women, will…

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Additional Civil Rights

June 24, 2016

On Anniversary of Historic Marriage Equality Ruling, Ropes & Gray Makes Donation to NCLR

(San Francisco, CA, June 24, 2016)—To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Ropes & Gray will make a $100,000 donation to the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Ropes & Gray’s co-counsel in Obergefell. Ropes & Gray’s donation to NCLR has been funded through legal fees…

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Additional Civil Rights

June 23, 2016

NCLR Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Affirmative Action and Immigration Programs

(Washington D.C., June 23, 2016)—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two separate cases involving the state of Texas—one concerning affirmative action in university admissions and the other President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. In Fisher v. University of…

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Additional Civil Rights

June 14, 2016

In Wake of Country’s Deadliest Mass Shooting, National Leaders Release Open Letter Condemning Hatred & Gun Violence, Call for Commonsense Change

(WASHINGTON, DC, June 14, 2016)—Following the deadliest shooting in American history on Sunday morning at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, national leaders have released an open letter condemning hatred and gun violence, and calling for commonsense change that makes our communities safer from gun violence. The full letter is below: Dear Fellow Americans: We write…

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Additional Civil Rights

June 13, 2016

NCLR Calls For Accountability After Anti-LGBT Attack

(San Francisco, CA, June 13, 2016)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) responds to the mass shooting at a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) nightclub in Orlando, Florida that left 49 people dead and more than 50 others seriously injured early June 12, 2016. Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.: “Yesterday’s attack…

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Marriage

June 8, 2016

Civil Liberties Groups Celebrate Federal Court’s Final Order Guaranteeing Freedom to Marry in Alabama

(Mobile, AL, June 8, 2016)— A federal court today entered a final order and judgment requiring Alabama officials to abide by the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, say four civil liberties organizations that are representing same-sex couples in the state. U.S. District Judge Callie V. Granade issued a permanent injunction that requires Alabama officials…

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Youth

May 25, 2016

Vermont Joins Growing Number of Jurisdictions Protecting LGBTQ Kids from Conversion Therapy

(Vermont, Montpelier, May 25, 2016)—Today, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed Senate Bill 132 into law, making Vermont the eighth jurisdiction—behind California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Cincinnati—to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of conversion therapy. Senate Bill 132, which protects LGBTQ youth from mental health providers attempting to change their…

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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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