National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: July 2016

Our Voices blog

NCLR Responds to Seventh Circuit Decision Rejecting Sex Discrimination Claim by Lesbian Worker

(San Francisco, CA, July 29, 2016)—Yesterday, a panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that it was bound by its own prior decisions to deny a woman’s claim that her employer, Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, Indiana, violated Title 7, a federal law barring sex discrimination in employment, when it repeatedly refused to promote or hire her full time because of her sexual orientation. The plaintiff in the case, Kimberly Hively, was represented by Lambda Legal. Statement by...


LGBTQ Advocates Urge District Court Not to Let States Game the System

(Wichita Falls, TX, July 28, 2016)—Five leading national civil and LGBTQ rights organizations late yesterday filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the multi-state lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s guidance regarding public school districts’ responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students. The lawsuit also targets guidance addressing transgender workers. The brief in Texas v. United States argues that many of the states and...


Harnessing Our Outrage

“…Later that night I held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt? it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere” —Warsan Shire   Two days after a sniper killed five Dallas police officers, this poem, by expat Somali poet Warsan Shire, who came to world’s attention when her words were spoken on Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade,” showed up in my Twitter feed. That was three days after the killing of Philando Castile in Minneapolis,...


NCLR Launches Campaign Urging RNC to Reject Support for Conversion Therapy in 2016 Platform

(San Francisco, CA, July 15, 2016)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) calls on the LGBTQ community and the general public to urge delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention to reject the party’s proposed platform and work to end the dangerous and discredited practice of LGBTQ conversion therapy. Delegates to the convention, which is set to begin Monday, will vote on a platform that includes, among other extreme anti-LGBTQ provisions, a resolution approving the...


Tell #RNC2016 to #StopHate and Help End Conversion Therapy

The Republican National Convention will consider adding its support for conversion therapy—the dangerous practice of attempting to change one’s sexual orientation and gender identity—to the GOP platform when it meets July 18-21 in Cleveland. Please help us tell the #RNC2016 to #StopHate and protect LGBTQ people from the dangerous practice, which has been condemned by every major medical and mental health organizations and is known to lead to extreme depression and even suicide. You can use one...


IN VISALIA, CA: USDA, NCLR Co-host Visalia LGBTQ Rural Summit

(Visalia, CA, July 14, 2016)–The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will host the 12th LGBTQ #RuralPride Summit at the Visalia Convention Center on July 21st. Co-hosted by the True Colors Fund, this free event will feature panels and workshops addressing challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals who live and work in Central California. LGBTQ people live in every town across the country, but those in rural...


National TV Ad Depicting Transgender Discrimination to Premiere During Republican National Convention

(Washington, D.C. July 11, 2o16)—A groundbreaking ad depicting the challenges faced by transgender people in accessing public restrooms—and highlighting the lack of state and federal nondiscrimination protections for transgender people—will have its national television debut on FOX News Channel next Thursday, July 21, during the final night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The ad will air nationwide again on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention in...


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