National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: November 2010

Our Voices blog

New TSA Security Procedures Violate Privacy of Transgender Travelers

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, CA, November 23, 2010)—The federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented new security procedures that pose serious privacy concerns for all travelers, but pose particular risks for the transgender community. Pursuant to TSA heightened security measures, numerous airports throughout the country have been outfitted with advanced imaging technology (AIT) machines—full body scanners, which reveal an intimate...


Lawmakers, Advocates, and Families of Victims of Bullying Urge Action for Safe Schools

A statement from NCLR Federal Policy Attorney Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington, D.C., November 18, 2010)—Today, in an effort to call attention to the serious and pervasive issue of bullying and harassment that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth face in public schools throughout the country, a press conference was held to discuss the dire need for action to make schools safe for all students and the pending legislation designed to address this issue. The event included safe...


Court of Appeals Rules Against Christian Legal Society, Denies Request to Reopen Challenge to University’s Non-Discrimination Policy

A statement from NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, November 17, 2010)—Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the Christian Legal Society’s request to present additional evidence in Christian Legal Society v. Wu, a case challenging a California law school’s policy that student groups may not discriminate based on sexual orientation, religion, or other bases. Today’s ruling brings an end to six years of litigation in this case, which...


Part Seven: The Truth Will Set You Free

By Huong T. Nguyen NCLR Guest Columnist Year: 1995 After an hour and a half of grilling me about my relationship with a male cadet, the major allows me to leave. “Aaarrrggghhh!” I let out a roar from the depths of my soul. I’m crazy mad and full of adrenaline. I want to bite the major’s head off, chew it up, and spit it on the ground. The bastard! How could he do that to me? I have worked so hard for this place. When I get back to my dorm room, the girl is there. One look at me, and she keeps...


Law Scholar C. Edwin Baker’s Estate Donates $150,000 Gift to NCLR

Gift Establishes Student Clerkship to Further Social Justice and Support New Civil Rights Lawyers (San Francisco, CA, November 09, 2010)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights is proud to announce the new C. Edwin Baker Clerkship, named after C. Edwin “Ed” Baker, the University of Pennsylvania law professor who was known as one of the nation’s foremost constitutional legal scholars and a longtime ally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality before his death in December 2009....


Part Six: No Air

By Huong T. Nguyen NCLR Guest Columnist Year: 1995 My American dream is turning into a nightmare. I’m sitting in a major’s office, being grilled about an alleged “interpersonal problem” with a male cadet. A few days ago, that cadet and I had a knock-down, drag-out argument in front of the entire battalion. It was over his refusal to follow orders to prepare for a field training exercise. I couldn’t let his challenge of my authority go unchecked in front of everyone. But that’s insubordination,...


Supreme Court Rules on Title VII! Give now & Celebrate!