National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: August 2016

Our Voices blog

Right-Wing Media in Frenzy over NCLR’s #RuralPride Summits

We all know that LGBTQ people are everywhere, which is why NCLR launched our #RuralPride Campaign, which includes holding day-long summits in rural regions across the country to help LGBTQ folks connect with federal agencies, national organizations, and one another. For the past two years, we have worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the True Colors Fund to bring 13 summits to towns across the country, listening to the stories, hopes, fears, and needs of families, individuals,...


District Court Issues Injunction against Guidance Protecting Transgender Students

(Fort Worth, TX – August 22, 2016) – A U.S. District Court judge today issued a preliminary injunction against the federal government’s guidance to public school districts regarding their legal responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students. The ruling came in the multi-state lawsuit, Texas v. United States. Five civil rights organizations who had submitted a joint amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in the lawsuit – Lambda Legal, American Civil...


Illinois Supreme Court Deals Major Setback to Unmarried Couples

(Springfield, IL, August 18, 2016)— Today, in a 5-2 decision with a strong dissent, the Illinois Supreme Court held that unmarried couples are barred from bringing common law claims to divide their property when they break up. The decision affirms the discriminatory policy established in 1979 by the Illinois Supreme Court in Hewitt v. Hewitt, 77 Ill.2d 49, at a time when Illinois still criminalized intimate relationships outside of marriage. Hewitt barred the state’s courthouse doors to...


The Freedom to Marry Documentary Soon in Theaters

It’s already being called “this summer’s hot documentary”—and soon, you can see The Freedom to Marry documentary for yourself at a theater near you! The Freedom to Marry is a new, “War Room” style film by award-winning filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein that provides an emotional, behind-the-scenes view of how love won – with a front-row seat of the campaign and strategy that ended marriage discrimination nationwide. It’s a story of triumph and transformation—a story that forever changed the...


In DES MOINES: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Deliver Keynote Remarks at LGBTQ Rural Summit

(Des Moines, Iowa, August 16, 2016)—On Thursday, August 18th, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will deliver keynote remarks at Iowa’s first LGBTQ #RuralPride Summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), True Colors Fund, and One Iowa. Part of a groundbreaking national series, this free event will feature panels and workshops to address unique challenges faced by LGBTQ Iowans, including economic advancement, affordable housing, and...


How to Pick an Attorney

Picking an attorney can be difficult if you have not worked with an attorney before, or do not often work with attorneys. If possible, you should look for an attorney that you are comfortable working with. The attorney should understand the legal issues you face, and be LGBT-friendly. You should also find out ahead of time what the attorney will charge you for their services and how they will handle disagreements and conflicts between you. Read our guide: How to Pick an Attorney...


NCLR and USDA Partnership Furthers LGBTQ Equality

For the past two years, NCLR has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the True Colors Fund on our #RuralPride campaign, in which we visit rural communities across the country and conduct day-long summits to identify the needs and lift up the voices of LGBTQ people living in rural America. We have visited towns across the South and Midwest, from coast to coast, working to connect federal officials and national LGBTQ organizations with rural LGBTQ advocates to increase...


Gay Widower Sues KRON4 Pension Plan for Refusing to Provide Survivor Benefits After His Husband Died

(San Francisco, August 9, 2016)—Today, the widower of a former KRON4 employee sued Young Broadcasting of San Francisco and the KRON/IBEW Local 45 Pension Plan for refusing to provide him with a spousal pension benefit even though the couple were registered domestic partners. David Reed and Donald Lee Gardner began dating in 1998. They quickly fell in love and committed themselves to caring for and protecting one another, including by becoming domestic partners in 2004. They were together for...


National LGBTQ Organizations Urge Big 12 Conference to Skip BYU

(New York, NY, August 9, 2016)—Athlete Ally, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and more than 20 leading LGBTQ organizations submitted a letter to the Big 12 Conference and its member schools urging it not to consider Brigham Young University (BYU) as a potential new conference member because of the school’s express policy of discriminating against same-sex couples and LGBTQ students. The Big 12 Conference is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletic conference...


NCLR Responds to U.S. Supreme Court’s Stay of the Fourth Circuit’s Ruling in Transgender Student Case

(San Francisco, CA, August 3, 2016)—Today, in a 5-3 vote in which Justice Breyer noted that his vote for a stay was a mere “courtesy,” the U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of the Fourth Circuit’s recent decision in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board holding that federal law requires Virginia’s public schools to permit Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy, to use the same restrooms as other boys. The stay will remain in place only while the Court considers whether to review the Fourth...


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