National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: April 2010

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Supreme Court Hears Argument in Case in Which LGBTQ Legal Groupds Filed Brief Disputing False Claims of Harrassment and Defending Open Government Requirements

(Washington, DC, April 28, 2010) —Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Doe v Reed, in which anti-gay groups present the false claim that they have been subjected to “systematic intimidation” by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Anti-gay groups that placed a measure on the ballot to keep Washington State’s comprehensive domestic partnership law from going into effect are seeking to prevent the state of Washington from disclosing the names of voters who...


NCLR Condemns Arizona’s Unconstitutional Anti-Immigration Law

A statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, April 26, 2010)  — Today the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) released a statement strongly condemning the passage of Arizona’s “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (SB 1070). The new law would require law enforcement officials to stop people whom they believe are in the U.S. illegally and demand proof of their immigration status. Under the law, it would be a misdemeanor if stopped...


LGBTQ and Allied Groups Call on Congress to Pass ENDA Now

More than 200 Organizations Demand Immediate Action (Washington, DC, April 21, 2010)  — Today, the nation’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations, along with allies in the faith, labor and civil rights communities, issued the following statement to members of the United States Congress: “Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act NOW.” Equality Federation, Toni Broaddus, Executive Director Family Equality Council, Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director Gay and...


NCLR Files Suit Challenging Discriminatory Athletic Policy

Athletes, Coach humiliated at public interrogation about sexual orientation (Seattle, WA, April 20, 2010) — Today, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) clients and the law firm of K&L Gates LLP filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington challenging the discriminatory practices of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Association (NAGAAA). The lawsuit alleges that NAGAAA violated Washington’s laws governing discrimination in public...


NCLR Mourns the Loss of Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Height

A Statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, April 20, 2010)  — Today NCLR mourns the loss of LGBTQ civil rights leader Dorothy Height. A civil rights pioneer, Height was the president emirita of the National Council of Negro Women and dedicated her life’s work to racial justice and gender equality. President Obama has called Dorothy Height “the godmother of the civil rights movement.” She was 98. A statement from Kate Kendell, Esq., Executive Director,...


U.S. Supreme Court Weighs College Non-Discrimination Policies

Case may impact public universities around the country (Washington, DC, April 19, 2010) — Today, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, in which it will consider whether a student organization has a constitutional right to obtain public funds and other government-provided benefits while reserving the right to exclude members on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation or any other factor. The case was filed by the Christian Legal Society...


NCLR Launches Visibility Campaign to Expose Tragic Case Where Sonoma County Separated Elderly Gay Couple, Sold Off All Belongings

Long-term partners had taken necessary steps to protect relationship in time of crisis (San Francisco, CA, April 19, 2010) — Today, NCLR launched a national media campaign to bring visibility to a tragic new case where Sonoma County, California officials separated an elderly gay couple and sold their worldly possessions despite the measures the men had taken to protect their relationship. “In the 33 years of our organization’s history, this case is perhaps among the most tragic NCLR has...


The National Center for Lesbian Rights Stands Up for LGBTQ Youth With the National Day for Silence

(San Francisco, CA, April 16, 2010) — Today hundreds of thousands of students nationwide will stay silent to bring attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) name-calling, bullying, and harassment in their schools as part of the Day of Silence. “Today my kids are participating in Day of Silence and our 13-year-old son Julian helped to organize events at his school,” said NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell. “Seeing my kids and knowing of the thousands of others around...


The Story of Clay Greene and Harold Scull

From time to time, NCLR takes on a case that touches the hearts of anyone who hears about it. Such is the case involving Clay Greene and Harold Scull, and we are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support for Clay. In April 2008, Harold Scull, who at the age of 88 was very frail, fell on the front steps of the home he shared with
his partner of 25 years, Clay Greene. Harold had endured open heart surgery, was on a number of medications that made him uncomfortable, and was in declining...


NCLR Praises President Obama’s Order Extending LGBTQ Hospital Visitation Rights

A Statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (Washington, D.C., April 15, 2010) — Today President Barack Obama ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in hospital visitation. The new rule will grant hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners, and making it easier for LGBTQ people to make medical decisions on behalf of their partners. A statement from Kate Kendell, Executive...


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