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2017

Transgender Law

September 20, 2017

NCLR, GLAD Outraged over Judicial Nominee’s Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:  Lauren Gray, Communications Director, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Amanda Johnston, Director of Public Affairs & Education, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617)-417-7769 NCLR and GLAD, At the Center of Transgender Military Ban Legal Fight, Express Outrage Over Trump Judicial Nominee Calling Transgender Kids Part of ‘Satan’s Plan’ Advocates Say Trump’s Efforts to Promote Anti-Transgender Animus Will Erode…

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Family & Relationships

September 19, 2017

NCLR Wins Arizona Parentage Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:  Lauren Gray, Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099  National Center for Lesbian Rights wins Arizona same-sex parental rights case AZ Supreme Court says same-sex spouse is a legal parent      (San Francisco, CA, September 19, 2017)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) won the Arizona Supreme Court case, McLaughlin v. McLaughlin,…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

September 18, 2017

Trans military “guidance”: NCLR, GLAD statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:  Lauren Gray, Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Pentagon reacts to chaos created by Trump’s transgender military ban NCLR and GLAD say, “This guidance does nothing new: it does not stop the ban or the March target date for terminating the service of current service members, it does not permit transgender people…

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Marriage

September 12, 2017

NCLR statement on the death of LGBT rights hero and icon Edith Windsor

Contact:  Lauren Gray, Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 National Center for Lesbian Rights statement on the death of Edith Windsor, LGBT rights icon NCLR says, “Her legacy will live on in history and be felt in the lives of our community for many years to come ”   (SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 12, 2017)—National Center…

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Youth

September 11, 2017

New HRC, NCLR Parent Resource to Protect Children from “Conversion Therapy”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2017 Sarah McBride | Sarah.McBride@HRC.org | 302-598-4310 Lauren Gray | LGray@NCLRights.org | 215-983-3099   Critical New Resource for Parents on Protecting Their Children from Dangerous “Conversion Therapy”  HRC Foundation and NCLR release new guide to help families recognize so-called “conversion therapies” WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation,…

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Asylum & Immigration

September 5, 2017

Ending DACA Puts LGBT Lives at Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:  Lauren Gray, Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Trump’s Decision to End DACA Could Put 75,000 LGBT Young People’s Lives At Risk NCLR says, “this administration just turned the lives of tens of thousands of our community members upside down” (WASHINGTON, DC, September 5, 2017)—National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

August 31, 2017

Trans Military Ban: New Motion from GLAD, NCLR Would Immediately Stop Ban

Contact: Lauren Gray, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Carisa Cunningham (617) 447-6500 NCLR, GLAD File New Motion for Urgent, Immediate Halt to President Trump’s Transgender Military Ban   Military leaders speak out in powerful new declarations against Trump’s ban, its disruption to armed forces and threat to national security New plaintiff,…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

August 30, 2017

NCLR Responds to Inaccurate Reports that Secretary Mattis Has Halted Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Legal Director Shannon Minter issued the following statement in response to suggestions that Secretary Mattis exercised discretion to halt Trump’s transgender military ban: “Secretary Mattis did not make a decision to ‘buy time’ or to ‘freeze’ the current policy. The President’s August 25, 2017 Memorandum expressly provides that the…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

August 25, 2017

White House Issues Transgender Military Guidance: Joint Statement by NCLR and GLAD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:  Lauren Gray, Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099  White House Issues Transgender Military Guidance NCLR and GLAD Say Their Current Lawsuit Will Stop Ban   (WASHINGTON, DC, August 25, 2017) —Attorneys from the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) representing five servicemembers who recently filed…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

August 24, 2017

NCLR Statement on Transgender Military Ban Guidance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:  Lauren Gray, Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099  White House Transgender Military Ban Sacrifices National Security to Promote Baseless Discrimination NCLR says “this is not who we want to become: a country so committed to baseless discrimination that we are willing to sacrifice even our national security” (WASHINGTON, DC, August 24, 2017)—Sources…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

August 18, 2017

Civil Rights Commission urges Trump against trans military ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:  Lauren Gray, Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099  U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Urges Trump to Reconsider Transgender Military Ban NCLR says we need government leaders to check this administration’s “attempts to govern through the use of unbridled power and authority and its flagrant civil rights violations” (San Francisco, CA, August 18,…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

August 9, 2017

NCLR and GLAD File Lawsuit Challenging Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:  Lauren Gray, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Carisa Cunningham (617) 447-6500 NCLR and GLAD File Lawsuit Challenging Trump’s Directive to Reinstate Ban on Transgender Military Service WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, lawyers from the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a federal…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

July 26, 2017

NCLR on Trump’s Transgender Service Member Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Lauren Gray Director of Communications National Center for Lesbian Rights Office: 415.365.1324 Mobile: 215.983.3099 LGray@nclrights.org NCLR’s Shannon Price Minter responds to Trump’s announcement regarding transgender service members “In three tweets, Trump is purporting to fire 15,000 transgender service members” (Washington, D.C., July 26, 2017)—Today, Trump used Twitter to announce that “the United…

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General

July 13, 2017

NCLR files consumer fraud lawsuit against Berkeley therapist for conversion therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Gray Director of Communications National Center for Lesbian Rights Office: 415.365.1324 Mobile: 215.983.3099 LGray@nclrights.org Consumer fraud lawsuit filed against Berkeley therapist for charging tens of thousands of dollars for discredited conversion therapy Therapist pressured lesbian client to change her sexual orientation, shamed her, urged her to change her clothes and appearance…

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Marriage

June 30, 2017

Texas Supreme Court Allows Unconstitutional Claim to Continue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Lauren Gray Director of Communications National Center for Lesbian Rights Office: 415.365.1324 Mobile: 215.983.3099 LGray@nclrights.org  Four days after the National Center for Lesbian Rights wins U.S. Supreme Court case Pavan, the Texas Supreme Court allows unconstitutional claim to continue (San Francisco, CA, June 30, 2017)—Today, the Texas Supreme Court issued its decision…

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Family & Relationships

June 26, 2017

Supreme Court reverses Arkansas’ attempt to defy Obergefell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Lauren Gray Director of Communications National Center for Lesbian Rights Office: 415.365.1324 Mobile: 215.983.3099 LGray@nclrights.org On the two year anniversary of marriage equality decision, Supreme Court reverses Arkansas’ attempt to defy Obergefell Arkansas couples challenged Arkansas’ “blatant refusal” to list same-sex spouses on their children’s birth certificates (San Francisco, CA, June 26,…

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Healthcare

June 22, 2017

National Center for Lesbian Rights says it will fight newly released Senate healthcare repeal plan “with the full force of our community behind us”

(Washington, DC, June 22, 2017)—Today, Senate Republicans released a “discussion draft” of their healthcare repeal plan. National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell issued the following statement in response:   “After unprecedented secrecy during drafting, a small number of senators put forward a plan today to take away healthcare from millions of Americans,…

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Healthcare

June 13, 2017

More than 60 LGBTQ groups tell Senate that healthcare repeal would ‘harm millions’ of Americans and devastate the health of the LGBTQ community

(Washington, DC, June 13, 2017)—Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) delivered a letter to the U.S. Senate urging them not to gut access to healthcare. More than 60 LGBTQ organizations, representing millions of LGBTQ people across the country, signed onto this letter sharing deep concerns for the health of…

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State Legislation & Policy

May 17, 2017

Governor Brian Sandoval signs law ending conversion therapy in Nevada for LGBTQ youth

NCLR’s Born Perfect Campaign adds new win to state-by-state advocacy efforts (San Francisco, CA, May 17, 2017)—Today, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed SB201 into law, putting an end to the fraudulent, harmful and unscientific practice of so-called “conversion therapy” in the state of Nevada for LGBTQ youth. Today’s bill signing was the result of targeted…

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Transgender Law

May 15, 2017

NCLR settles sex discrimination case for trans-inclusive employee health care

(Cincinnati, OH, May 15, 2017)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, along with Gerhardstein & Branch and the Law Office of Scott Knox, announced that they reached a settlement in Rachel Dovel v. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, et al.  Ms. Dovel has received insurance coverage for gender affirming surgery, which was…

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Asylum & Immigration

May 8, 2017

NCLR: Texas governor signs “irrational,” “politically motivated attack on immigrants” into law

(San Francisco, CA, May 8, 2017)—Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed controversial SB4 into law, a show-me-your-papers bill requiring local law enforcement and government officials to enforce federal immigration laws and banning sanctuary cities throughout the state of Texas.   National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell issued the following statement:   “There…

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Healthcare

May 4, 2017

NCLR on House passage of healthcare repeal bill

(San Francisco, CA, May 4, 2017)—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which if passed, would leave millions of Americans without health insurance, strip protections from discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, gut Medicaid, block patient access to trusted medical providers at Planned Parenthood, and undercut 30 years of progress…

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Additional Civil Rights

May 4, 2017

NCLR responds Trump’s executive order expanding religious exemptions

NCLR says order “revised after LGBTQ community came out in full force” and that “the LGBTQ community will not stand down” (San Francisco, CA, May 4, 2017)—Today, President Trump signed an executive order expanding religious exemptions, weakening our nation’s commitment to separation between church and state and permitting decisions about employees’ access to health care…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

May 3, 2017

National Center for Lesbian Rights scheduled to speak out against Trump’s anti-LGBTQ executive order at today’s D.C. rally

(Washington, DC, May 3, 2017)—This afternoon, LGBTQ community members, advocates, religious leaders, and others will gather across the street from the White House to speak out against the religious liberties executive order that will reportedly be signed tomorrow by Trump. Leaked previous versions of this executive order sanctioned discrimination against the LGBTQ community and scaled…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

May 2, 2017

Equality Act reintroduced in Congress today to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination

NCLR says LGBTQ community members are “still the targets of discrimination” and should not “live in fear” (San Francisco, CA, May 2, 2017)—Today, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) introduced comprehensive bipartisan federal legislation to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. The Equality Act of…

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Family & Relationships

May 2, 2017

Kentucky family law judge recuses himself from all LGBTQ adoption cases because of homophobic personal views

(San Francisco, CA, May 2, 2017)—In Kentucky, family court judge W. Mitchell Nance has issued an order recusing himself from adoption cases involving “homosexual parties.” The order was sent last week to all attorneys in Kentucky’s Barren and Metcalfe counties, calling it a “matter of conscience” and stating there is no circumstance in which “the best…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

April 27, 2017

Far-right Republican health care repeal would leave millions of LGBT people uninsured

(San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2017)—Despite overwhelming opposition to previous efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, far-right Republicans in Congress have come out with a new plan to gut Affordable Care Act protections, which could be put to a vote on the floor of the House as early as Saturday . National Center for…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

April 13, 2017

NCLR speaks out against today’s resolution allowing states to withhold funding from Planned Parenthood

NCLR says “when opponents of reproductive health target Planned Parenthood, they target us”  (San Francisco, CA, April 13, 2017)—Today, President Trump signed a resolution allowing states to withhold Title X family planning funds from health care providers that provide abortion care. This resolution overturned a rule enacted by the Obama Administration that prevented states from…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

April 7, 2017

NCLR responds to confirmation of controversial Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

(April 7, 2017 San Francisco)—The U.S. Senate today confirmed Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. This vote came on the heels of a rule change by Senate Republicans yesterday after they failed to secure the 60 votes needed to move forward with Gorsuch’s confirmation. Gorsuch, a controversial selection rated as more conservative than the late…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

April 6, 2017

NCLR statement in response to Senate Republicans’ rule change in attempt to ram through Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

NCLR says Senate Republicans changed rules “to let themselves win and the American people lose” (April 6, 2017 San Francisco)— Today, Senate Republicans upended years of tradition for the U.S. Supreme Court nomination process. After Trump nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch failed to garner the sixty votes needed, Senate Republicans took a radical step. Rather than requiring President…

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Employment

April 5, 2017

NCLR responds to historic sexual orientation discrimination decision

(April 4, 2017 San Francisco)— Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a landmark decision holding that federal laws protecting workers from sex discrimination prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.  Reversing older decisions denying federal protection to LGBT workers, the court concluded that developments in U.S. Supreme…

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Sports

April 4, 2017

NCLR responds to NCAA decision to back down on commitment to take a stand against North Carolina’s HB2

NCLR says NCAA “threw in the towel,” chose to “stand down in the face of discrimination”   (April 4, 2017 San Francisco)—Today, the NCAA Board of Governors issued its position on recent revisions to North Carolina’s HB2, the controversial law that repealed local anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, rolled back civil rights protections for other…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

March 28, 2017

NCLR responds to Trump Administration’s quiet take-down of federal protections against LGBT employment discrimination

Federal government no longer required to weigh a history of LGBT employment discrimination against a company when deciding with which companies to do business   (March 28, 2017 San Francisco)—Yesterday, the Trump Administration quietly issued an executive order rescinding Obama administration progress toward eliminating LGBT discrimination in the workplace. Previously, former president Barack Obama’s Executive…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

March 23, 2017

Statement from NCLR in continued opposition to President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

Gorsuch fails to affirm fundamental rights for LGBT community, views Constitution as ‘frozen in time,’ and believes religion can justify discrimination against vulnerable groups (San Francisco, CA, March 23, 2017)- Today marked the final day of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch. NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq….

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Healthcare

March 9, 2017

30 LGBTQ Organizations Stand With Planned Parenthood

(Washington D.C., March 9, 2017)— Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights joined a group of thirty LGBT organizations to send a joint letter to Capitol Hill calling on House and Senate leadership to drop their efforts to kick Planned Parenthood out of the Medicaid program. House Republicans have included the measure targeting the popular…

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State Legislation & Policy

March 8, 2017

Utah Legislature Passes Historic Bill Repealing Anti-LGBT State Public Education Law

(Salt Lake City, March 8, 2017) – Today, the Utah Legislature passed a bill repealing a state law prohibiting supportive discussions of “homosexuality” in public and charter school curricula and classrooms. The legislation passed with bipartisan support by a 27-1 vote in the Senate and a 68- 1 vote in the House. The bill now…

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Asylum & Immigration

March 6, 2017

NCLR Denounces Revised Muslim and Refugee Ban as a Threat to American Values and Safety

Despite its widespread unpopularity and illegality, this administration has chosen to re-issue a barely modified version of its original Muslim and Refugee Ban. This comes just a week after the announcement of an office to track and publicize the actions of so-called “criminal aliens.” The administration’s continued attempts to scapegoat Muslims, refugees, and immigrants are despicable, cowardly, and a threat to the values that the American people hold dear.

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Transgender Youth

March 6, 2017

NCLR Statement on G.G. Case Being Sent Back to Fourth Circuit

(Washington D.C., March 6, 2017) — Today the Supreme Court returned the case G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal for reconsideration in light of recent changed guidance from the Department of Education. This case was brought by Virginia student Gavin Grimm, who is transgender, seeking protection under federal…

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Transgender Youth

March 3, 2017

Racial Justice Groups Support Transgender Student in Supreme Court

Yesterday, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a joint amicus brief supporting Gavin Grimm in his case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to enforce the protections guaranteed by federal law to transgender students. The school board in Gloucester County, Virginia, where Gavin Grimm attended school, had enacted a policy excluding transgender students from using the same restrooms as their peers. Gavin’s case argues that this policy violates Title IX, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funding.

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Transgender Youth

February 23, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: Transgender/GNC Students and Supporters Rally at San Francisco City Hall to Protest Trump Administration’s Withdrawal of Enforcement of Title IX and Rescinding Protections for Trans/GNC Youth

(San Francisco, CA, February 23, 2017)— Today, transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) youth will join together with community organizations and allies from across the Bay Area to rally in front of San Francisco City Hall at 5 p.m. on February 23rd, 2017 to protest the Trump Administration’s announcement that the United States Department of Justice…

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Asylum & Immigration

February 23, 2017

NCLR: Mass Deportation Program Dangerous and Illegal

(San Francisco, CA, February 23, 2017)— On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security released documents outlining plans for a program of mass deportation that effectively targets all undocumented people, putting millions of people at risk. The plans expand mandatory detention and so-called “Fast Track” deportations, which can be carried out without any hearing before a…

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Transgender Youth

February 23, 2017

NCLR Condemns Lawless Shift in Federal Policy on Transgender Students

(San Francisco, CA, February 22, 2017)— Today, under pressure from the Department of Justice, the Department of Education announced that it will no longer enforce Title IX to protect transgender students equally in all school facilities, including restrooms. Title IX guarantees students the right to a safe and supportive learning environment regardless of gender and…

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Asylum & Immigration

February 16, 2017

NCLR Condemns ICE Arrest of Survivor of Domestic Violence

We cannot condemn strongly enough ICE arresting a victim of domestic violence while she was in court seeking legal protection from her abuser, a right she was guaranteed under Texas law regardless of immigration status.

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Youth

February 10, 2017

New Guide Documents that Over Half of Girls in California’s Juvenile Justice Facilities Are LGBTQ or Gender Nonconforming

Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Impact Justice announce the release of a trailblazing publication entitled “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, and/or Gender Nonconforming and Transgender Girls and Boys in the California Juvenile Justice System: A Practice Guide.”

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Marriage

February 1, 2017

Statement of Tennessee Marriage Equality Plaintiffs in Response to President Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination

We are deeply concerned that the President’s choice to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court would vote to overturn the Court’s marriage equality decision and many other important victories the LGBT community has won before the Court.

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Federal Legislation & Policy

January 31, 2017

NCLR Statement on SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch

(San Francisco, CA, January 31, 2017) – Today the President announced the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to fill the 11-month long vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. The previous administration had nominated Merrick Garland, widely regarded as a political moderate, for the same position. Statement from NCLR Legal Director, Shannon Minter: “We strongly oppose this…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

January 31, 2017

Statement of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights on President Trump’s Nomination of a New Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

As legal organizations dedicated to securing the freedom and equality of LGBT persons through the courts, we call on the President to nominate, and the Senate to confirm, a new Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States who has a demonstrated commitment to the legal equality of the full diversity of LGBT people and their families, and who will honor past Supreme Court decisions recognizing that equality.

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Employment

January 31, 2017

NCLR Statement on Trump Decision Regarding LGBT Executive Order

Today’s statement says only that President Trump does not intend to take the extreme step of abolishing existing anti-discrimination protections for federal employees and contractors, some of which have been in place for nearly twenty years. That is not a step forward.

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Asylum & Immigration

January 27, 2017

Trump Order on Muslim Refugees is an Attack on American Values

The announcement today represents a direct attack on our most cherished values as a nation.

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Asylum & Immigration

January 25, 2017

NCLR Condemns New Executive Orders Targeting Immigrants

Today’s executive orders on immigration confirm our worst fears that the Trump Administration will pursue inhumane, costly, and ineffective policies that will do nothing to make our nation more safe.

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