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Month: October 2011

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NCLR Applauds Senate Introduction of Every Child Deserves a Family Act

Statement by NCLR Federal Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, October 31, 2011)—Today, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, is expected to introduce the “Every Child Deserves a Family Act” (ECDF) in the Senate to help the nation’s 408,000 foster children find permanent and stable homes. The proposed legislation would prohibit states from excluding potential adoptive and foster parents because of their marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. This is...

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Remembering Paula

I was in Portland, Oregon on Friday when I got the news. Paula Ettelbrick had died. It is odd how something can not be a surprise and yet still be a shock. Many knew that Paula’s ovarian cancer, a particularly vile and aggressive type, was back. Just 13 days before her death, Paula sent a message to a list of friends who asked to be kept updated on how she was doing, telling us news that had me bursting into tears at the breakfast table—she was ending all treatment and beginning hospice...

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NCLR Mourns the Loss of Dr. Frank Kameny

Statement by NCLR Federal Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, October 11, 2011)—One of the most prominent leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality movement—Dr. Frank Kameny—passed away at his Washington D.C.-area home today. He was 86. In 1957, Kameny was dismissed from his position as an astronomer in the Army Map Service because he was gay, motivating him at the time to become a leading voice in the movement for equality and justice. He protested...

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CA Governor Signs Seth’s Law Providing Schools with Tools to Address Bullying

Statement by NCLR Federal Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, October 11, 2011)—On October 9, 2011, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Seth’s Law (AB 9), providing California schools with tools to address the pervasive problem of school bullying and to create environments where all students can be safe. Seth’s Law—named after 13-year-old Seth Walsh, who was the target of anti-gay bullying and died by suicide—was authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and...

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NCLR Applauds California Governor Signing State Dream Act into Law

Statement by NCLR Federal Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, October 11, 2011)—On Saturday, October 8, 2011, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s Dream Act into law, eliminating discrimination against undocumented students who graduate from high schools and are on a path toward citizenship, who will now be able to apply to the state’s public universities as residents. The new law grants equal access to in-state tuition and allows students access to both private...

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California Governor Signs Groundbreaking Law Protecting Same-sex Spouses and Partners of Nursing Home Residents

Statement by NCLR Federal Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, October 11, 2011)—On October 9, 2011, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill—AB 641—that provides same-sex spouses and registered domestic partners of nursing home residents the same financial protections available to opposite sex married couples. The groundbreaking law protects Californians in same sex relationships from losing access to joint financial resources, such as bank accounts or stock,...

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NCLR Mourns the Loss of Longtime LGBTQ Leader and Visionary, Paula Ettelbrick

Statement by NCLR Federal Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, October 7, 2011)—Today, we mourn the loss of a fearless leader and visionary in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality—Paula Ettelbrick. She was 56. Over the course of her career that spanned more than two decades, she worked for a number of organizations to further LGBTQ equality, including the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the National Center for Lesbian...

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