National Center for Lesbian Rights


Year: 2016

Our Voices blog

Rise Up!

“Perseverance in almost any plan is better than fickleness and fluctuation”—Alexander Hamilton When we adopted our NCLR tag line—”The audacity to fight for justice, the perseverance to win”—it was before President Obama’s book “The Audacity of Hope” and years before the cultural phenomenon that is “Hamilton” ushered in a refreshed examination of Alexander Hamilton’s writings. But now the words of one of our nation’s early founders are particularly...


Reynolds and McKinley

NCLR represents Kathy Reynolds and Dawn McKinley, a same-sex couple who are members of the Cherokee Nation. In May 2004, Reynolds and McKinley obtained a marriage certificate from the Cherokee Nation and married shortly thereafter. The next month, another member of the Cherokee Nation filed a petition seeking to invalidate Reynolds and McKinley’s marriage. NCLR successfully defended Reynolds and McKinley before the Cherokee high court. Two days later, various members of the Cherokee...


New Survey Shows Need to Protect Transgender Youth From Conversion Therapy

(San Francisco, CA, December 8, 2016)—Today, the National Center for Transgender Equality released the findings of the U.S. Transgender Survey, the largest survey of transgender people in the United States.  Conducted in 2015, the anonymous, online survey examines the experiences of 27,715 adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as three U.S. territories and U.S. military bases overseas. Among the findings is that 18%—nearly one in five—of transgender people who had...


LGBTQ Groups Call On Oakland Authorities and Media to Honor the Names and Genders of Transgender Ghost Ship Fire Victims

(Oakland, December 7, 2016)—In the aftermath of the tragic fire at the Ghost Ship artist community on December 2 that claimed the lives of more than 35 people, local authorities and media have continued to disrespect transgender victims by not honoring their correct names and gender identities. The following statement was issued by Equality California, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Center for Transgender Equality, Transgender Law Center,...


Transgender Employee in Louisiana Prevails in Employment Discrimination Case

(LAKE CHARLES, LA, Dec. 7, 2016)—A former employee of an installment loan company in Lake Charles, Louisiana has prevailed in his sex discrimination case. Tristan Broussard filed a federal complaint against the company in April 2015 alleging that he was fired from his job after the company learned that he is a transgender man. The case then proceeded before an arbitrator, who ruled that the company discriminated against Broussard “because of his sex” in violation of Title VII of the Civil...


Chin v. Armstrong

Florida law requires the Office of Vital Statistics to list a birth mother’s husband on the child’s birth certificate. After Florida gained marriage equality on January 6, 2015, the state was obligated to start providing same-sex spouses with all the same rights given to different-sex spouses, including the right to an accurate birth certificate listing both spouses as parents. Despite repeated requests, the Florida Office of Vital Statistics refused to recognize same-sex spouses...


Broussard v. Tower Loan

On April 13, 2015, NCLR, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Altshuler Berzon LLP, and Delaney, Robb & Ruvin filed a lawsuit against Tower Loan for firing an employee because he is transgender. Tristan Broussard was hired as a Manager Trainee in Tower Loan’s Lake Charles Branch. During his first week on the job, he was called into a back office and instructed by a Company Vice President to sign a document stating that his “preference to act and dress as male” was not...


NCLR Responds to President-Elect Trump’s Nomination of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General

(San Francisco, CA, Nov. 18, 2016)—National Center for Lesbian Rights Legal Director Shannon Price Minter responds to President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General: “Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions for the highest law enforcement officer in our land is chilling. His record of opposing racial justice, reproductive freedom, and basic equality for women and LGBTQ people should be disqualifying—and would have been disqualifying at any time in...


Transgender Rights Under Trump—What Now?

In the wake of the elections, transgender people across the country are struggling to understand what the future may hold for our communities. In the past two decades—and especially in the past eight years under President Obama—we have made so many gains in employment protections, health care, student rights, family law, asylum, federally funded housing programs and homeless shelters, and other areas. In addition, President Obama has protected federal benefits programs and made health care...


FAQ – Name and Gender Changes Post-Election 2016

When to change your name and/or gender on any ID or with a state or federal agency can be a very personal decision. Having ID that matches your gender identity and/or presentation can be useful in your day to day life, and may also help to keep you safer in certain situations. If you are considering changing your name and/or gender on your ID, we would suggest prioritizing: Changing your name and/or gender on your U.S. passport, or applying for a U.S. passport with your new name and/or gender,...


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