National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: March 2016

Our Voices blog

World’s Largest Psychiatric Association Condemns Conversion Therapy

  (San Francisco, CA, March 23, 2016)—Today, the world’s largest organization of mental health professionals—representing more than 200,000 people in 118 countries—called for an end to the discredited practice of “conversion therapy,” which is linked to serious harms, including depression, substance abuse, and suicide. In a statement issued today, the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) says: “WPA believes strongly in evidence-based treatment. There is no sound scientific evidence...


New Federal Report Shows Increasing Support of Same-Sex Adoptions

(San Francisco, CA, March 17, 2016)—A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows increasing national support for adoptions by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents. The National Survey on Family Growth, which studies attitudes toward a broad range of social issues, including those impacting the LGBTQ community, shows support for adoption by same-sex parents is up from 55 to 75 percent among women and from 47 to 68 percent among men. “The...


NCLR Joins Coalition Asking U.S. Supreme Court to Lift Ban on Urgently Needed Immigration Reforms

  The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has joined a coalition of more than 300 civil rights, immigration, labor, and social service groups in an amicus brief in U.S. v. Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to move forward. The filing of the amicus brief comes four months after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction put in place by a Texas federal district court that blocked...


NCLR Response to U.S. Supreme Court Nomination

Statement of NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell in response to President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court.  “Chief Judge Garland was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals with broad bipartisan support and has earned a reputation as a careful, moderate and brilliant jurist.  He is superbly qualified to serve on our nation’s highest court.  We urge the Senate to do its job and move swiftly to confirm his nomination. With so many issues of...


NCLR to Honor California Lieutenant Governor and Salt Lake City Mayor at Annual Garden Party Celebration

(Palm Springs, CA, March 14, 2016)—One of the nation’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal organizations—which has been at the forefront of the fight to achieve LGBTQ equality for nearly four decades and helped win marriage equality nationally—will host its annual Palm Springs Garden Party on April 2nd during Dinah weekend. The National Center for Lesbian Rights’ Garden Party, which attracts more than 300 people each year, will celebrate the progress that’s been made so far...


BIG NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Reverses Alabama’s Assault on LGBTQ Adoptive Parents

Monday, in a ruling that will protect LGBTQ parents across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court sharply rebuked the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to recognize a Georgia adoption by a lesbian mother, our client. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in our case was unusual in three ways. First, it reversed the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision “summarily”—that is, without any briefing or oral argument, relying solely on the initial petition asking the Court to hear the case. Second, the decision...


Longtime LGBTQ Movement Leader and Attorney Joins NCLR

(San Francisco, CA, March 8, 2016)—Longtime LGBTQ leader and attorney Ruth McFarlane has joined the National Center for Lesbian Rights as its Director of Development & Community Engagement. McFarlane, a graduate of University of California, Berkeley and Cornell University, brings two decades of nonprofit leadership and legal experience to NCLR, where she will oversee the cultivation and mobilization of support from individual donors, corporations, foundations, and other organizations that...


E.L. v. V.L.

On March 7th 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Reversed Alabama’s Refusal to Recognize V.L.’s Out-of-State Adoption E.L. and V.L. are two women who were in a long term relationship and had three children through donor insemination. The non-biological mother, V.L., adopted the children in Georgia. When the parents later broke up, the biological mother, E.L., kept V.L. from seeing the children. V.L. sought visitation in Alabama, where the family lives. E.L. opposed her...


Gender Affirming Services for all California Foster Children

NCLR is proud to collaborate with Family Builders and the Center for the Study of Social Policy on getR.E.A.L. California–an initiative aimed at promoting the healthy sexual and identity development of all children involved with the California child welfare system. The initiative partners have produced a new issue brief aimed at helping child welfare professionals support and affirm transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) children in foster care. As numerous other state legislatures...


U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Reverses Alabama’s Refusal to Recognize a Same-Sex Parent Adoption from Georgia

(Washington, DC, March 7, 2016)—Today, the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed an Alabama Supreme Court decision refusing to recognize a lesbian mother’s prior adoption of her three children in Georgia. Today’s summary reversal restores V.L. full rights as an adoptive parent. “I am overjoyed that the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Alabama court decision,” said the adoptive mother, V.L. “I have been my children’s mother in every way for their whole lives. I thought that adopting...


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