National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: August 2015

Our Voices blog

We Still Need Full Equality for LGBTQ Families

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality ruling has brought the freedom to marry to the entire country, recognizing the equal dignity of our families. However, there is a lot more we need to do to achieve true family equality that fully respects the rights of LGBTQ parents and their children. Let me share the story of Marisol and her spouse, Elena (names have been changed to protect their family). They decided to have a child and asked one of Marisol’s friends to be their sperm donor....


NCLR Statement on Federal Raid of

(San Francisco, CA, August 27, 2015)—On Tuesday Federal agents arrested CEO Jeffrey Hurant and six of the company’s employees on prostitution charges. The agents also seized their homes, bank accounts, and $1.4 million. Statement from National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Kate Kendell: “Like Amnesty International, the World Health Organization, and other medical and human rights organizations, NCLR strongly opposes criminal prosecution of sex work by adults.  Experience and...


#BornPerfect: A Year In and We’re Not Backing Down

A year ago, we set out with a goal—protect LGBTQ children from conversion therapy by wiping out the dangerous and discredited practice in just five years. Since then, our #BornPerfect campaign has helped protect thousands of kids across the country from practices linked to severe depression, substance abuse, and even suicide. And we couldn’t have done it without you by our side. Here’s a snapshot: In #BornPerfect’s first year, we helped bring laws to Washington D.C., Oregon, and...


I Dared to Dream

As a kid, I never dared to dream I’d be where I’m at today—starting my first day of law school at the University of San Francisco and looking forward to a future as an attorney helping immigrants whose stories are similar to my own. It was just three years ago that I lived my life by a simple rule—never be noticed, absolutely never mention my status as an undocumented immigrant to anyone, and never dream too big. But the course of my life changed in 2012 when I was approved for President...


Illinois Becomes Fifth Jurisdiction to Protect LGBTQ Kids from Conversion Therapy

(Springfield, Ill August 20, 2015)—Today, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 217 into law, making Illinois the fifth jurisdiction—behind California, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and Oregon—to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of conversion therapy. House Bill 217, which protects LGBTQ youth from mental health providers attempting to change their sexual orientation or gender identity through these practices, which are linked to substance abuse, extreme depression, and...


LGBTQ Rights Organizations Join Amnesty International in Call to Decriminalize Sex Work

(San Francisco, August 20, 2015)–Today, several LGBTQ rights organizations across the country issued the following joint statement in support of Amnesty International’s August 11th resolution supporting sex worker human rights. Joint Statement in Support of Amnesty International Resolution: As LGBTQ rights organizations in the United States, we join to applaud and support Amnesty International’s recent resolution to protect the human rights of sex workers by calling for decriminalization of...


McGaw v. McGaw

Melissa and Angela McGaw are two women who were in a long term relationship and had twins through donor insemination. The couple chose the sperm donor together and parented the children together for more than nine years. After the parents later broke up, the biological mother, Angela, kept Melissa from seeing the children. Melissa sought custody of the children in Missouri, where the family lives, and was denied. Melissa appealed the denial. The Western District Court of Appeals in Missouri...


Missouri Court of Appeals Allows Lesbian Mother to Seek Custody

(Kansas City, MO, August 18, 2015)—Today, the Western District Court of Appeals in Kansas City, Missouri held that a woman who planned for and raised twin children with her long-term same-sex partner can seek custody of the children.    In McGaw v. McGaw, two women in a committed relationship had twins through donor insemination and raised the children together as a family for more than nine years. After the couple broke up, the biological mother, Angela, kept Melissa from seeing the children,...


NCLR Mourns the Loss of Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond

(San Francisco, CA, Aug. 17, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) mourns the loss of civil rights leader Julian Bond, longtime chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a stalwart supporter of LGBTQ equality. Bond passed away over the weekend. He was 75. Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. “Julian Bond was one of the most effective and respected African-American civil rights leaders in our nation’s history. He was...


ERPA Would Close Gap Between Disenfranchised and Law Enforcement

The End Racial Profiling Act of 2015 (ERPA), introduced by Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), is the latest iteration of a federal bill to eliminate racial profiling in law enforcement, including at the state and local levels. The bill defines “racial profiling” to include profiling on the bases of actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, and for the first time, gender identity and sexual orientation. The language of the bill...


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