National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: April 2016

Our Voices blog

NCLR Applauds U.S. Senators Murray and Booker for Introducing Bill to Protect LGBTQ People from Conversion Therapy

(San Francisco, CA, April 28, 2016)—Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Corey Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, a companion bill to HR 2450, introduced in the House of Representatives by Ted Lieu in 2015. The bill would define the provision of conversion therapy for profit as consumer fraud and, additionally, take Rep. Lieu’s bill one step farther by empowering states to take their own action against these dangerous and discredited practices. The senators’...


Coalition of National LGBT, Racial Equality, and Health Groups File Amicus Brief in Support of Michael Johnson

(San Francisco, CA, April 21, 2016)—Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and a coalition of 22 other LGBT, racial justice, and health equity organizations announced the filing of a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Michael Johnson, a former Missouri college student sentenced to more than 30 years for violating Missouri’s HIV transmission and exposure statute. The brief argues that Missouri’s criminal HIV law is irrational and conflicts with federal law that prohibits...


The Ruling on Obama’s Immigration Policy: What’s at Stake

“So, you’re a lawyer, right?” The question came from my hairdresser, Tony, as I sat down for a haircut. “Do you know anything about immigration?” I knew a little bit about Tony’s story. His parents brought him to the U.S. illegally when he was a young child so that he and his siblings could have a better life. As a teenager, Tony identified as gay and won political asylum when an immigration court found that his life would be in danger if he returned to Mexico as a gay man. Now in his...


GLAD and NCLR Applaud Decision Which Affirms U.S. Department of Education Rule Mandating Equal Treatment of Transgender Students

(San Francisco, CA, April 19, 2016)—GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today applaud a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which confirms policy set by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, that ensures Gavin Grimm, a 15-year-old transgender student in Virginia, will be fully respected as a boy at his school including in being able to access the boys’ room. Gavin’s use of the boys’ room...


NCLR to Honor Black Lives Matter Co-Founders, a Lesbian Mom who Fought for Her Parental Rights, and a Young Transgender Boy at Anniversary Celebration

(San Francisco, CA, April 12, 2016)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is proud to announce it will honor the co-founders of Black Lives Matter for their commitment to justice, a mother who would not sit idly by when her rights as a parent were challenged, and a transgender young boy whose courage has shaped the national conversation around transgender youth at its 2016 Anniversary Celebration on May 7th in San Francisco. The event—known as the LGBTQ party of the year and attracting...


North Carolina’s War Against Gender-Nonconforming People

Last month, North Carolina enacted HB2, one of the most viciously anti-civil rights laws in the country. In addition to repealing local minimum wage laws and local protections for LGBTQ people, HB2 stripped women, people of color, and other protected groups of the ability to bring discrimination cases in state courts. HB2 also openly attacked transgender people. HB2’s supporters demonized transgender people as deviants who must be excluded from shared bathrooms and locker rooms to “protect”...


Model Personal Relationship Policy for Collegiate Student Athletics

We trust all members of our teams to be honest, responsible and mature. We desire what is best for the team as a whole, what is fair and workable for all individuals on the team and is based on broad principles of fairness. These expectations are for all members of our teams who must work together for the good of the team. Download the Model Policy.  


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