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December 22, 2014

New D.C. Law Protects Youth and Their Families from Harmful Conversion Therapies

(Washington, D.C., December 22, 2014)—Today, Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill that protects youth and their families from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. D.C. is among a growing number of states to pass or consider such laws, which reflect the unanimous view of medical, mental health, and child welfare experts…


Relationship Recognition

December 19, 2014

Illinois State Appeals Court Ends Discrimination Against Unmarried Couples

(Chicago, IL, December 19, 2014)—Today, in a landmark decision, the Illinois Court of Appeals for the First District ruled that courts may not discriminate against unmarried couples by preventing them from enforcing property claims against one another when they separate, ending the state’s 35-year-long policy of closing the courthouse doors to unmarried couples. Today’s unanimous…


Transgender Law

December 18, 2014

NCLR Statement on the DOJ’s Announcement Regarding Anti-Transgender Employment Discrimination Claims

(San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2014)—Today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice interprets sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as encompassing discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status. “We applaud Attorney General Holder and the Department of Justice for taking this principled stand to…



December 18, 2014

NCLR and ACLU’s New “Know Your Rights” Guide Provides Vital Information for Transgender Prisoners

(San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2014)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have released “Know Your Rights: Laws, Court Decisions, and Advocacy Tips to Protect Transgender Prisoners,” a new guide that provides vital information for transgender prisoners. Download the guide here. NCLR attorneys litigate on behalf of…



December 15, 2014

NCLR Responds to Tennessee Officials Opposing Request for Supreme Court Review of Marriage Case

(Nashville, TN, December 15, 2014)—Today, State of Tennessee officials filed a brief opposing three same-sex couples’ request for the United States Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court decision upholding Tennessee’s ban on marriage equality. In a 2-1 decision on Nov. 6, 2014, the Sixth Circuit upheld marriage bans in Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio—creating…


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