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2018

Federal Legislation & Policy

September 20, 2018

7 Years After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: NCLR and GLAD Joint Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2018 Contacts: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 NCLR and GLAD, the LGBT Legal Organizations Leading the Fight to Stop the Trump-Pence Trans Military Ban, Joint Statement on 7 Years Since the End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell WASHINGTON, DC—Today marks seven years since the U.S….

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General

September 19, 2018

NCLR Calls on White House to Direct FBI to Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations Against Kavanaugh

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / 215.983.3099 NCLR Calls on the White House to Direct the FBI to Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations Against Kavanaugh NCLR says, “Professor Ford’s story cuts close to the bone for many members of our LGBT community who have been subjected to the pain and devastation of…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

September 18, 2018

Trump Administration Motion to Dissolve Preliminary Injunction Blocking Trans Military Ban is Denied

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 MEDIA CONTACTS: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California sam@eqca.org / (973) 476-3770 Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 Tania Mercado, California DOJ tania.mercado@doj.ca.gov / (213) 269-6412 U.S. District Court Denies Motion to Dissolve Nationwide Injunction Blocking Transgender Military Ban in Stockman v. Trump…

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Transgender Youth

September 18, 2018

CA First to Guarantee Gender-Affirming Healthcare for Trans Foster Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / 215.983.3099 California is Now the First State in the Country to Guarantee Trans Foster Youth Can Access Gender-Affirming Healthcare  SAN FRANCISCO, CA—California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark transgender rights legislation into law last week, guaranteeing the right of California’s foster youth to access…

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Transgender Youth

September 18, 2018

NCLR Victory for Trans Youth! FL School District Settles Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / 215.983.3099   Victory for Trans Youth: Florida School District Settles Lawsuit, Will Allow Transgender Student to Use Restrooms and Locker Rooms in Accordance with Gender Identity   SAN FRANCISCO—The federal district court for the Middle District of Florida has approved a settlement agreement in…

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Additional Civil Rights

September 17, 2018

NCLR Demands Senate Stop Kavanaugh’s Nomination Process to Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2018 Contact:  Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / 215.983.3099 NCLR Demands the Senate Stop Kavanaugh’s Nomination Process to Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations  WASHINGTON, DC— National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Legal Director Shannon Minter issued the following statement:   “The allegations of sexual assault raised against Brett Kavanaugh are detailed, credible, and corroborated by…

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Marriage

September 7, 2018

NCLR on Kavanaugh’s Refusal to Say Marriage Equality was Correctly Decided

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / 215.983.3099 NCLR Statement on Kavanaugh’s Refusal to Confirm that Obergefell, the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Decision, was Correctly Decided Legal Director Shannon Minter, who was on the team of attorneys to win Obergefell, calls this refusal “chilling” and disqualifying WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last night, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

August 24, 2018

Judge Orders Government to Produce Documents Related to Development of Trans Military Ban Implementation Plan 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2018 Contacts:  Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769   Judge Orders Government to Produce Documents Related to Development of Trans Military Ban Implementation Plan Washington, D.C.—Federal District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly today issued a ruling ordering the Trump administration to disclose information about its decision to ban otherwise qualified transgender…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

August 6, 2018

Judge Rejects Trump’s Attempts to Quash Trans Military Ban Lawsuit and to Dissolve Preliminary Injunction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 6, 2018 Contacts:  Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769     Judge Rejects Trump’s Attempts to Quash Trans Military Ban Lawsuit and to Dissolve Preliminary Injunction District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly denies Trump administration motions to dismiss Doe v. Trump and to dissolve the preliminary…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

July 26, 2018

NCLR, GLAD on Trump’s Trans Military Ban One Year Later

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2018 Contacts: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 NCLR and GLAD Statement on the Transgender Military Ban, a Year After Trump’s Tweets “One of our plaintiffs, Jane Doe 3, served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and said she was having breakfast after…

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Additional Civil Rights

July 25, 2018

Lesbian Couple Sues Senior Housing Community for Discrimination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, National Center for Lesbian Rights lgray@nclrights.org / 215-983-3099 Missouri Lesbian Couple Sues Senior Housing Community for Discrimination NCLR says, “Mary and Bev were denied housing for one reason and one reason only—because they were married to each other rather than to men. This is exactly the…

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State Legislation & Policy

July 23, 2018

Delaware Becomes 14th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / 215-983-3099 Delaware Becomes 14th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy Conversion therapy survivor and NCLR Born Perfect Strategist Mathew Shurka says, “Delaware is now a safer place for LGBTQ youth, and we are one step closer to protecting LGBTQ…

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State Legislation & Policy

July 19, 2018

NCLR Protects LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy with New Toolkits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / 215-983-3099 NCLR Launches Toolkits to Protect LGBTQ Youth in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems from Conversion Therapy NCLR says, “While a child is in the care of the State, it is critical that State systems ensure they are protected from this harm”…

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Additional Civil Rights

July 10, 2018

NCLR Statement: Trump Nominates Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2018 Contact:  Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099   NCLR Responds to Trump’s Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy NCLR’s Shannon Minter says this “is a wake-up call to LGBT people and others about the critical importance of elections and the need to vote this…

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Additional Civil Rights

June 27, 2018

Justice Kennedy’s Retirement: NCLR Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 NCLR Statement on Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Announcement WASHINGTON, D.C.—United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced today that he will be retiring as of July 31. National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Legal Director Shannon Minter issued…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

June 22, 2018

NCLR, GLAD Filing: Court can permanently stop trans military ban now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2018 Contacts:  Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 NCLR and GLAD Filing Argues the Court Should Permanently Stop the Trump-Pence Ban Now WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today filed their reply in support of their Cross-Motion for…

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Asylum & Immigration

June 11, 2018

NCLR Statement: AG Sessions’ Decision to Exclude Domestic Violence and Gang Violence as Grounds for Asylum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 NCLR Statement in Response to Attorney General Sessions’ Decision to Exclude Domestic Violence and Gang Violence as Grounds for Asylum  WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions imposed stringent new limitations on asylum claims brought by those fleeing domestic or…

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Additional Civil Rights

June 7, 2018

Masterpiece Cakeshop Used by Arizona Court to Reject Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination: NCLR Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 NCLR Statement in Response to Today’s Arizona Court Decision’s Reliance on Masterpiece Cakeshop to Reject Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination PHOENIX—The Arizona Court of Appeals today relied on this week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission…

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Additional Civil Rights

June 4, 2018

NCLR Statement: Masterpiece Cakeshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 NCLR Statement on the Supreme Court Decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Legal Director Shannon Minter says today’s decision “does not break any new constitutional ground” or permit businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people  WASHINGTON, D.C.—National…

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State Legislation & Policy

May 25, 2018

Hawaii is 12th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Hawaii Now the 12th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy NCLR’s Mathew Shurka testified during Hawaii’s legislative hearings and said today, “As a survivor, I know how harmful conversion therapy can be, and I could not be…

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General

May 21, 2018

$1 Million Raised for NCLR’s Future at Annual Gala as Kate Kendell Prepares to Step Down

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Moved by the Departure of Outgoing Executive Director Kate Kendell, NCLR’s Annual Gala Raises a Million Dollars for the Future of NCLR   SAN FRANCISCO—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) hosted its 41st Anniversary Celebration gala on Saturday…

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Youth

May 15, 2018

Maryland Now 11th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy: NCLR Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Maryland Becomes 11th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy Conversion therapy survivor and NCLR Born Perfect Strategist Mathew Shurka says, “By sharing our stories, survivors like Meagan Simonaire and myself can help change hearts and minds to…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

May 12, 2018

NCLR, GLAD File Motion to Permanently Stop Trump-Pence Trans Military Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2018 Contacts: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 New Trans Military Ban Filing from NCLR, GLAD Would Accelerate Final Court Ruling to Permanently Stop the Trump-Pence Ban GLAD says, “The government’s own documents, newly obtained by discovery, show the March 23 ‘Mattis…

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Additional Civil Rights

May 1, 2018

Death of Dykes on Bikes’ Soni Wolf: NCLR Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director (lgray@nclrights.org / 215-983-3099) Statement from NCLR’s Kate Kendell on the Passing of Dykes on Bikes Founding Member Soni Wolf SAN FRANCISCO—Dykes on Bikes today announced that founding member Soni Wolf, “an inspiring mother of the movement for lesbian pride and dignity” died on Wednesday,…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

April 26, 2018

NCLR Vermont Rural Pride to Focus on LGBT Issues in Rural Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2018 Contact:  Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099   NCLR’s Vermont Rural Pride Convening to Focus on Issues Faced by LGBT People Living in Rural Communities NCLR says, “We’ve learned that a common assumption—that LGBT folks living in rural communities would move out if they could—is flat-out wrong” and “our role as…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

April 26, 2018

Trump’s Trans Military Ban Hit with New Filing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2018 Contacts:   Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California sam@eqca.org / (973) 476-3770   New Filing Fires Back at Trump Administration Request to Move Forward with Trans Military Ban Stockman v. Trump filing shows Trump’s ban must remain blocked by the court because nothing has changed: the Trump…

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State Legislation & Policy

March 28, 2018

Washington Law Protects LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / 215-983-3099   Governor Jay Inslee signs law ending conversion therapy in Washington for LGBTQ youth NCLR’s Born Perfect Campaign Successful in Efforts to Prohibit Conversion Therapy in the state of Washington   OLYMPIA, WA—Today, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law…

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Federal Legislation & Policy

March 24, 2018

NCLR, GLAD Respond to Trump’s Trans Military Ban Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2018 Contacts:  Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 Trump Announces Plan for Implementing His Transgender Military Ban Today’s announcement has no immediate impact, as four federal courts have already prohibited the ban from taking effect, say NCLR and GLAD, the legal organizations leading the fight against Trump’s…

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Additional Civil Rights

March 15, 2018

NCLR’s Kate Kendell Will Step Down after 22 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / 215-983-3099   After 22 Years, Kate Kendell to Step Down as National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kendell says, “I feel enormous gratitude to have been a part of the NCLR legacy and part of the history of the fight—still…

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Employment

March 15, 2018

NCLR, GLAD Tell 8th Circuit: Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE March 15, 2018 Contacts: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 NCLR and GLAD file brief urging the Eighth Circuit to find sexual orientation discrimination prohibited under Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act Brief argues that exclusion of LGBT people from Title VII’s protection is unworkable and unfair ST….

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Employment

February 26, 2018

2nd Circuit Says Sexual Orientation Discrimination Prohibited Under Title VII

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2018 Contacts:  Amanda Johnston, GLAD ajohnston@glad.org / (617) 417-7769 Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099   Second Circuit Says Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Prohibited Under Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act Joint Statement of GLAD and NCLR NEW YORK—Today, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit determined that under…

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Family & Relationships

February 26, 2018

LGBT Victory: Supreme Court Allows AZ Same-Sex Parents Decision to Stand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2018 Contact:  Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099   In Victory for LGBT Community, U.S. Supreme Court Allows Decision Ruling Married Same-Sex Parents and Married Different-Sex Parents Must be Treated Equally to Stand U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Review Arizona Supreme Court Decision in McLaughlin NCLR says, “States across the country should take…

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Asylum & Immigration

February 16, 2018

CA Sanctuary Cities Case Gets Boost from LGBT Groups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2018 Contact:  Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099     California Sanctuary Cities Case Gets a Boost from LGBT Groups Groups file brief on irreparable harms to health and safety, and cite law enforcement opposition to Trump’s executive order   SAN FRANCISCO—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Transgender Law Center (TLC),…

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Transgender Youth

February 12, 2018

CA Leads Country with Bill to Protect Trans Youth in Foster Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2018 Contact:  Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 California Leads Country with Bill to Protect Transgender Youth in Foster Care NCLR says, “Transgender youth often experience severe trauma before entering foster care. We cannot allow this trauma to continue while they are in care.” SACRAMENTO—California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria has introduced a…

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Family & Relationships

February 7, 2018

LGBT Groups Support Child’s Wrongful Death Claim for Parent Tasered by Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2018 Contacts:  Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 David Colker, ACLU dcolker@aclusocal.org / (213) 977-5242 or 626-755-4129 (cell) California Court Denies Child’s Wrongful Death Claim for Parent Tasered by Police NCLR, ACLU, and LA LGBT Center File Brief in Support of Child LOS ANGELES—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), ACLU Foundation of Southern California, ACLU…

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Employment

January 26, 2018

1st Circuit Recognizes Lesbian Firefighter’s Sex Discrimination Claim

The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a $700,000 jury award for Lori Franchina, a lesbian firefighter who experienced extensive unchecked harassment from her co-workers at the Providence Fire Department.

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Federal Legislation & Policy

January 20, 2018

NCLR Condemns Trump Shutdown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Gray, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099  Government Shuts Down as Trump and Senate GOP Reject Bipartisan Solution to Protect Dreamers NCLR’s Tyrone Hanley calls the shutdown “completely avoidable” and calls for an end to the “cruel uncertainty facing Dreamers” (WASHINGTON, DC, January 20, 2018)—President Trump and the Senate…

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Additional Civil Rights

January 12, 2018

After Hate Group Sues Tampa to Overturn Prohibition of Dangerous Conversion Therapy for Minors, Equality Florida Files Motion to Defend the Ban Alongside the City of Tampa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2018 Contacts: Elizabeth Johnson, SPLC 334-224-0059 / elizabeth.johnson@splcenter.org Lauren Gray, NCLR 215-983-3099 / lgray@nclrights.org Brittany Link, Equality Florida 678-634-5566 / brittany@equalityflorida.org   After Hate Group Sues Tampa to Overturn Prohibition of Dangerous Conversion Therapy for Minors, Equality Florida Files Motion to Defend the Ban Alongside the City of Tampa Equality…

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Youth

January 9, 2018

Unanimous Vote: Florida County Protects LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099  Florida’s Broward County Passes Ordinance to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy by Unanimous Vote NCLR says, “Today’s unanimous vote speaks to the power of survivor stories and the indisputable evidence that conversion therapy is not only ineffective—it devastates our young people and community” (FORT LAUDERDALE, January…

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