National Center for Lesbian Rights

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Month: November 2015

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HUD Issues Rule to Ensure Equality for Transgender Shelter Seekers

(Washington, DC, November 20, 2015)–Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a proposed rule that would ensure that transgender individuals seeking accommodations in emergency shelters are housed according to their gender identity. Today’s rule amends the groundbreaking LGBTQ Equal Access Rule issued by HUD in 2012 that prohibits discrimination in public housing and HUD’s core housing programs based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status....

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Nancy Geimer

Nancy Geimer

Nancy is a Vice President and Strategy Consultant in the Wholesale Banking Group at Wells Fargo in San Francisco.  She has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years and is certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. Nancy also serves on the Board of Directors for Luna Dance Institute, a nationally-acclaimed dance education organization in Berkeley, CA.  LDI uses active inquiry to deepen the learning experience of children and adults,...

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NCLR Urges Broader Federal Protections in Health Care

In September of this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued a proposed rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will prohibit discrimination in certain health programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The new rule has the potential to eradicate numerous forms of discrimination and mistreatment that LGBTQ people often face in our health care...

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Alabama Mother Asks Supreme Court to Review Unprecedented Alabama Refusal to Recognize a Same-Sex Parent Adoption from Another State

(Birmingham, AL, November 16, 2015)—Today, a lesbian mother in Alabama asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Alabama Supreme Court decision refusing to recognize her as an adoptive parent of her three children and holding that Alabama does not have to recognize second-parent adoptions granted by Georgia courts. The mother also asked the Supreme Court for an emergency order permitting her to visit her children while her appeal is pending. As a result of an earlier Alabama order, she has not...

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I Quit: I’m Leaving the Mormon Church

I just did something I thought I would never do. I resigned my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) and asked that my name be removed from the records. Even at the height of church involvement in the passage of Proposition 8 in California, I never seriously considered removing my name. It just didn’t matter that much to me. Spiritually and emotionally, I left the church I grew up in decades ago. And despite being a “known gay activist” to the church, I...

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NCLR Statement on DAPA and DACA Expansion Obstruction

(San Francisco, CA, November 9, 2015)—Tonight the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow the Deferred Action for Parent of American and Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs to take effect. The federal court’s ruling will negatively affect the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants and their family, many of whom are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals. Statement from National Center for Lesbian...

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California Statutory Forms for Assisted Reproduction (AB 960)

Intended parents using assisted reproduction (other than surrogacy) in California can use state forms to protect their families.  California provides form language in its statutes that can be used to show the intentions of parents and donors involved in the conception of a child and who should be the child’s parents. Those forms, created by AB 960, are included in this publication. This publication also has answers to questions you might have about the law and how to protect your family...

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Embracing the Well-Being of Transgender Foster Youth

Earlier this month, California became the first state in the nation to enact legislation giving transgender children and youth in foster care the right to live in settings that reflect and respect their gender identity. Senate Bill 731 is a clear articulation of the state’s explicit commitment to treat all foster youth equally and to prohibit identity-based discrimination in foster care settings. The legislation erases any remaining confusion or uncertainty: child welfare workers who...

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Leading Youth Advocacy Attorney Joins NCLR

Carolyn Reyes Joins Team Working on Efforts to End Conversion Therapy   (San Francisco, CA, November 4, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has announced that leading youth advocacy attorney Carolyn Reyes is joining the staff as Youth Policy Counsel. In this newly created position, Reyes will work on NCLR’s #BornPerfect campaign to end conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth, as well as other youth-related projects.   Reyes is a national expert on issues related to LGBTQ youth...

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Tony Award Winner Sara Ramirez Hosts and Performs at Benefit for NCLR

(San Francisco, CA, November 2, 2015)—On Saturday, November 7, 2015, Tony Award© winner and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sara Ramirez will host a fundraiser at the San Francisco LGBTQ Community Center to benefit The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). “The work that NCLR does is remarkable and extremely necessary for the LGBTQ community. Their attorneys work with every member of our community, from LGBTQ parents, immigrants, and transgender individuals to survivors of conversion...

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