National Center for Lesbian Rights

Date

Month: November 2016

Our Voices blog

NCLR Responds to President-Elect Trump’s Nomination of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General

(San Francisco, CA, Nov. 18, 2016)—National Center for Lesbian Rights Legal Director Shannon Price Minter responds to President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General: “Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions for the highest law enforcement officer in our land is chilling. His record of opposing racial justice, reproductive freedom, and basic equality for women and LGBTQ people should be disqualifying—and would have been disqualifying at any time in...

More

Transgender Rights Under Trump—What Now?

In the wake of the elections, transgender people across the country are struggling to understand what the future may hold for our communities. In the past two decades—and especially in the past eight years under President Obama—we have made so many gains in employment protections, health care, student rights, family law, asylum, federally funded housing programs and homeless shelters, and other areas. In addition, President Obama has protected federal benefits programs and made health care...

More

FAQ – Name and Gender Changes Post-Election 2016

When to change your name and/or gender on any ID or with a state or federal agency can be a very personal decision. Having ID that matches your gender identity and/or presentation can be useful in your day to day life, and may also help to keep you safer in certain situations. If you are considering changing your name and/or gender on your ID, we would suggest prioritizing: Changing your name and/or gender on your U.S. passport, or applying for a U.S. passport with your new name and/or gender,...

More

NCLR Response to Trump’s Appointment of Steve Bannon as Chief White House Strategist

(November 16, 2016, San Francisco, CA)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights responds to President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon, whose news agency has been a vehicle for extreme views about racial and religious minorities, women, and LGBTQ people as his chief White House strategist and senior counselor. Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.: “Steve Bannon’s appointment as a senior presidential advisor is a betrayal of the American people and of our...

More

Senator McCain: Do the Right Thing and Reject Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination

In 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ people by entities that contract with or receive grants from the federal government. This was an important milestone in expanding essential job protections for our community, and it is now under serious threat. Sweeping language in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017 (NDAA) would nullify that Executive Order and authorize taxpayer-funded discrimination in each and...

More

Now that Trump Has Been Elected, Can Our Marriage Be Undone?

Now that Trump has won the presidential election, we are hearing concerns and fears from many same-sex couples who are concerned that their marriages may be challenged or invalidated.  We are also hearing from couples who are not yet married, but worried that they may lose the right to marry under a Trump administration. While there are many reasons for concern about the new administration, the freedom to marry—and the security of our existing marriages—are not in serious jeopardy. There is no...

More

We will fight on

By a slim margin, this nation has elected a demagogue who trafficked in bigotry, stoked racist hatred and normalized misogyny. The election of Donald Trump as President threatens basic principles of human dignity and justice. Many of our most cherished values—inclusion, honoring difference, embracing equality, dismantling oppressive systems—are in jeopardy, but we will not be deterred. This is the moment we are called to resist. We are about to be tested as never before, and speaking for...

More

NCLR Responds to U.S. Presidential Election

(San Francisco, Nov. 9, 2016)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) responds to the 2016 Presidential election results. Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.: “By a slim margin, this nation has elected a demagogue who trafficked in bigotry, stoked racist hatred and normalized misogyny. The election of Donald Trump as President threatens basic principles of human dignity and justice. Many of our most cherished values—inclusion, honoring difference, embracing equality,...

More

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