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2017

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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