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November 15, 2012

California Becomes First State to Protect LGBT Youth from Psychological Abuse

By Ryan Kendall NCLR Guest Columnist I was at home, deep into studying for my fall-semester class load at Columbia University in New York City, when I got the news that California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1172 into law, protecting young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from the same type of psychological…

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November 15, 2012

President Obama’s Record on LGBT Issues

The President’s announcement that he supports marriage equality has encouraged other high- profile leaders and organizations to express their support for marriage equality, most notably the NAACP, which decided in a near-unanimous vote to pass a resolution officially supporting marriage equality. The President also adds his voice to a growing chorus of people of faith…

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November 15, 2012

Dynasty Young: A High School Student Harassed Because He is Gay Speaks Out

By Dynasty Young NCLR Guest Columnist Before last year, I had little to fear in high school. I came out a couple of years earlier when I was a freshman, and couldn’t imagine that people who didn’t even know me could have so much hate built up against me. But I soon learned that wasn’t…

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November 15, 2012

Protecting LGBT Families Across the Nation

Since NCLR’s founding 35 years ago, we have worked to advance family law for LGBT people and their families. NCLR has helped change the law in numerous states over the years, including prohibiting courts from taking custody away from a parent just because of his or her sexual orientation, allowing same-sex couples to adopt, ensuring…

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October 2, 2012

“Quackery” No More—CA Gov. Brown Signs Bill Protecting LGBT Youth From Psychological Abuse

“Relegated to the dustbin of quackery.” When I read those words from California Governor Jerry Brown after he signed Senate Bill 1172— the bill protecting LGBT minors from deceitful mental health professionals who falsely claim they can change sexual orientation or gender expression—into law, I thought “FINALLY!” With that powerful and apt description, Governor Brown…

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September 21, 2012

A Mother’s Love: A Gay Student’s Mother Speaks Out to Protect her Son

Last month, NCLR filed a federal lawsuit challenging Indianapolis Public Schools’ discriminatory treatment and failure to protect openly gay former student, Dynasty Young, who faced severe and relentless harassment at school throughout the 2011-2012 school year. By Chelisa Grimes No parent ever wants to hear that their child is being tormented at school, with classmates…

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May 17, 2012

New Obama Initiative for LGBT Prisoners

Today, the Obama administration announced new rules designed to launch a major offensive to help stop the epidemic of sexual violence in the nation’s prison system and youth detention system. The rules, released by the Department of Justice (DOJ), aim to “prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in confinement facilities.” The new rules—and a…

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May 17, 2012

Family Acceptance Project Publishes Pioneering Resource for Youth Suicide Prevention

For the past decade, Dr. Caitlin Ryan of the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) at SF State University has been studying the impact of family acceptance and rejection on suicide risk among LGBT youth. Today we’d like to take this moment to congratulate FAP and Dr. Ryan on their truly groundbreaking work. Because youth suicide is…

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March 15, 2012

Ebonie Richardson: Why I Stood Up to My School District

By Ebonie Richardson NCLR Guest Columnist “Mom, I like girls … .” That’s what I wrote five years ago in my coming out letter to my mom. I was 11 at the time I wrote the letter, and I didn’t know that my mom would become my fiercest supporter, giving me the courage and strength…

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February 2, 2011

Desiree Shelton: Why I Fought Back Against Discrimination

Desiree Shelton is an out lesbian and a senior at Champlin Park High School, in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District.  She and her girlfriend, Sarah Lindstrom, were elected to the school’s Snow Days royalty court for the winter formal dance. They sued their school district—with the help of lawyers from the National Center for Lesbian Rights,…

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