National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: September 2013

Our Voices blog

Hundreds Take Pledge to Re-Engage with the LGBTQ Community to Fight AIDS/HIV

(San Francisco, CA, September 27, 2013)—Today, in support of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, hundreds of organizations and individuals have signed onto a joint letter to re-engage with the broader LGBTQ community in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gay, bisexual and men to have sex with men account of 63% of the new HIV infections in 2010.  In fact, gay men are the only group in which HIV infections are increasing....


“B” Visible

This week, the White House hosted a historic roundtable discussion on the issues facing bisexual people. In the first-of-its-kind meeting, administration officials gathered activists and community members to explore the many policy concerns that are particularly relevant to bisexual individuals. Bisexuals—the “B” in LGBT—face unique issues that are sometimes overlooked in LGBTQ advocacy efforts. Bisexuality refers to an individual’s attraction to more than one gender. This often includes but...


Civil Rights Groups Ask New Mexico Supreme Court to Grant Same-Sex Couples the Freedom to Marry

(Albuquerque, NM, September 23, 2013)—Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico, the national ACLU, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the law firm of Sutin, Thayer & Browne APC, and other New Mexico attorneys are filing a brief with the New Mexico State Supreme Court on behalf of six couples seeking the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples in New Mexico. The brief argues that under the New Mexico Constitution, loving, committed same-sex couples should...


Two Years after DADT’s End, Work Remains to Ensure Transgender Servicemembers Can Serve Openly

Two years ago today, on September 20, 2011, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was officially repealed. The discriminatory and stigmatizing 1994 policy that barred lesbian, gay, and bisexual servicemembers from serving openly in the military has had a damaging impact on the strength of the armed forces during one of the most dangerous military times in a generation. As a result of DADT, more than 13,500 women and men were discharged from the military because of their sexual...


King v. Christie and Doe v. Christie

On August 19, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the nation’s second law prohibiting state-licensed therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient under 18 years old. Every leading medical and mental health organization in the country has warned that these practices do not work and put young people at risk of serious harm, including depression, substance abuse, and suicide. An anti-LGBTQ legal group immediately filed a federal lawsuit...


Stormans v. Selecky

In 2007, The Washington State Board of Pharmacy began requiring that pharmacists provide patients with prescribed medications if those medications are in stock. That rule was implemented to ensure that patients have timely access to medications. Additionally, pursuant to a long-standing rule governing which medications a pharmacy should have on its shelves, pharmacies would have to begin stocking Plan B, a prescription contraceptive. A pharmacy and two pharmacists sued the Washington State...


We Have a New Look!

We have a new look! We’ve been working hard over the last few months on creating a new website—looking at it from every angle—to provide you with one of the best resources for LGBTQ legal issues. Every section was analyzed. Every page was revamped. And we thought of you, specifically making easier for you to navigate, breaking it down into the specific sections that we know you rely on. Here’s what you’ll find: RESPONSIVE DESIGN The new website was developed using what’s...


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