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Month: September 2016

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CA Governor Signs Bill Banning State-Funded Travel to States with New Anti-LGBTQ Laws

(San Francisco, CA, Sept. 27, 2016)—California Governor Jerry Brown today signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1887, authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) and sponsored by Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. AB 1887 bans non-essential, state-funded travel by California state employees to North Carolina, Mississippi, and other states that enact discriminatory laws after June 2015. It is similar to executive orders and local ordinances already in place in New...

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About Kyler Prescott

Kyler’s bedroom My mirror does not define me: Not the stranger that looks back at me Not the smooth face that belongs to someone else Not the eyes that gleam with sadness When I look for him and can only see her. My body does not define me: Not the slim shoulders that will not change Not the hips that give me away Not the chest I can’t stand to look at When I look for him and can only see her. My clothes do not define me: Not the shirt and the jeans That would look so perfect on him But...

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Federal Court Issues Order Prohibiting Ohio School District From Discriminating Against Transgender Student

(Columbus, Ohio—Sept. 26, 2016) Today, a federal court ordered the Highland Local School District in Ohio to allow an 11-year-old transgender girl to use school restrooms that correspond to her gender identity and to otherwise to treat her like all other female students. In a 43-page order, Judge Algenon L. Marbley of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ruled that federal guidelines interpreting sex-discrimination laws to require that transgender students be...

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Family Sues Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego for Discriminatory Treatment of Transgender Teenager

(San Diego, CA, September 26, 2016)—Today, the mother of a transgender teenaged boy who was admitted into Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego (RCHSD) for inpatient care filed a lawsuit against the hospital for discrimination against her son. Katharine Prescott took her 14-year-old son, Kyler Prescott, to RCHSD in early April 2015 for suicidal ideation and for treatment of his serious self-inflicted injuries following an incident of transphobic harassment by his peers. The hospital was aware...

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The Hyde Amendment Must Go

At the very beginning of this year, NCLR filed an amicus brief in one of the most important abortion rights cases to reach the U.S. Supreme Court in decades. We urged the Court to look behind the rhetoric about “protecting women’s health” that Texas used to cloak its onerous abortion restrictions, and to be deeply skeptical when supposed health reasons are used to undermine fundamental constitutional rights, like the right to end a pregnancy. For such reasons have been used, in the past and...

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White House Hosts Historic Meeting on LGBTQ People and People Living with HIV in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

(Washington, DC, September 20, 2016)—Today, the White House hosted 150 formerly incarcerated LGBTQ people, policymakers & advocates to discuss unique challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the criminal legal system. White House officials in attendance included Ashley Allison, Deputy Director of Public Engagement and Senior Policy Advisor, Roy Austin, Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice...

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NCLR Welcomes HUD Rule Requiring Equal Treatment of Transgender People in Emergency Shelters

(Washington, DC, September 20, 2016)–Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a final rule requiring equal treatment of transgender people in federally funded emergency shelters. Today’s rule provides that transgender individuals must be housed based on their gender identity. This rule amends the groundbreaking LGBTQ Equal Access Rule issued by HUD in 2012 that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status in public...

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Leah Nutting, Esq.

Leah Nutting, Esq.

Leah Nutting is a Staff Attorney in Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP’s San Francisco office. Her legal experience includes securities, antitrust, and patent litigation, SEC investigations, consumer class actions, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, and pro bono work for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Prior to Lieff Cabraser, Leah was a contract attorney at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, and an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Clifford Chance. Leah is a...

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Felicia Medina, Esq.

Felicia Medina, Esq.

Felicia Medina is a founding partner of Medina Orthwein LLP, a civil rights and employment law firm in Oakland, CA that specializes in employee and transgender prisoners’ rights. Her practice focuses on individual and class action employment discrimination and harassment cases relating to race, gender, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation, as well as wage and hour collective actions. In the early part of her career, Felicia stood out as a top litigator helping to secure the...

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NCLR Client Asks Illinois Supreme Court to Rehear Decision Barring Property Claims By Unmarried Partners

(San Francisco, Sept. 8, 2016)–Today, Eileen Brewer, represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Chicago attorney Angelika Kuehn, asked the Illinois Supreme Court to rehear its August 18, 2016 Blumenthal v. Brewer decision, which barred former unmarried partners from enforcing property claims against one another when they break up. The case arose when Brewer brought claims against her former partner, Jane Blumenthal, seeking an equitable division of the property and...

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