National Center for Lesbian Rights

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Month: December 2014

Our Voices blog

Your Gift Today Will Be Doubled

I want to share with you Vicky’s journey with NCLR—a journey that spans 11 years. Vicky is only one of the hundreds of LGBTQ immigrants that turn to NCLR desperate for help each year. Your gift today doubled by the Justice and Equality Matching Gift Challenge — will help us continue our vital work for people like her. We first met Vicky in 2003 after she came to the U.S. seeking asylum from Mexico. She had lived through abuse and violence because of her gender identity and sexual...

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NCLR Statement on Killing of NYPD Officers

(San Francisco, CA, December 22, 2014)—On Saturday, December 20, two New York Police Department officers were shot while on duty in Brooklyn and later died from their injuries. Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.: “The ambush killing of two New York police officers is horrifying.While we are in the midst of a national conversation on police conduct we are mindful that every day cops all over the nation put themselves in harm’s way for our protection and the vast majority...

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New D.C. Law Protects Youth and Their Families from Harmful Conversion Therapies

(Washington, D.C., December 22, 2014)—Today, Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill that protects youth and their families from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. D.C. is among a growing number of states to pass or consider such laws, which reflect the unanimous view of medical, mental health, and child welfare experts that attempts by therapists to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity are ineffective and unsafe, putting youth at...

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Illinois State Appeals Court Ends Discrimination Against Unmarried Couples

(Chicago, IL, December 19, 2014)—Today, in a landmark decision, the Illinois Court of Appeals for the First District ruled that courts may not discriminate against unmarried couples by preventing them from enforcing property claims against one another when they separate, ending the state’s 35-year-long policy of closing the courthouse doors to unmarried couples. Today’s unanimous decision, written by Justice Margaret Stanton McBride, held that Illinois’ “public policy to treat unmarried...

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NCLR Statement on the DOJ’s Announcement Regarding Anti-Transgender Employment Discrimination Claims

(San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2014)—Today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice interprets sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as encompassing discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status. “We applaud Attorney General Holder and the Department of Justice for taking this principled stand to ensure that all Americans benefit from the protections of our nation’s anti-discrimination laws,” said National...

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New “Know Your Rights” Guide Provides Vital Information for Transgender Prisoners

I received a letter from a prisoner a few weeks ago that still haunts me. The prisoner, a transgender woman of color, tried to remove her own testicles after she was repeatedly denied medical care for her gender dysphoria. While this might seem extreme to people outside of prison, these incidents of “self-surgery” happen regularly in prisons and jails across the country. There are thousands of transgender prisoners housed in correctional facilities who need basic medical care, protection from...

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NCLR and ACLU’s New “Know Your Rights” Guide Provides Vital Information for Transgender Prisoners

(San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2014)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have released “Know Your Rights: Laws, Court Decisions, and Advocacy Tips to Protect Transgender Prisoners,” a new guide that provides vital information for transgender prisoners. Download the guide here. NCLR attorneys litigate on behalf of incarcerated transgender people across the country to protect their rights to safety and medical care. And while we...

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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Laws, Court Decisions, and Advocacy Tips to Protect Transgender Prisoners

This guide—a National Center for Lesbian Rights and ACLU joint publication—identifies laws, court decisions, advocacy tips, and other resources that may be helpful for adult transgender prisoners. Each transgender person’s experience in prison and jail is different, in part because the conditions vary a great deal from one prison to another and change over time. However, the safety and health of every transgender prisoner in the United States is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution no matter...

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Therese Lee, Esq.

Therese Lee, Esq.

Therese Lee is Senior Counsel at Google Inc., where she is responsible for legal and regulatory compliance matters, particularly Google’s worldwide compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and international anti-bribery laws. Prior to Google, Therese practiced at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, DC, where she specialized in FCPA matters, international litigation, and human rights cases. Therese also has worked in the Appeals...

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NCLR Responds to Tennessee Officials Opposing Request for Supreme Court Review of Marriage Case

(Nashville, TN, December 15, 2014)—Today, State of Tennessee officials filed a brief opposing three same-sex couples’ request for the United States Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court decision upholding Tennessee’s ban on marriage equality. In a 2-1 decision on Nov. 6, 2014, the Sixth Circuit upheld marriage bans in Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio—creating a conflict with the four other federal appeals courts that have invalidated similar state marriage bans in recent...

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