National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: April 2017

Our Voices blog

Parenting a Transgender or Gender-Expansive Child: How to Protect Your Family Against False Allegations of Child Abuse

You may have heard of situations in which teachers or other professionals make child abuse reports against parents who affirm their gender-expansive child. Although there have been a few cases where child protective services fully investigates these allegations, those cases are not common. Understandably, the thought of responding to child abuse allegations can be scary and overwhelming. Although formal investigations are rare, there are concrete preventive steps you can take to be prepared in...


Far-right Republican health care repeal would leave millions of LGBTQ people uninsured

(San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2017)—Despite overwhelming opposition to previous efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, far-right Republicans in Congress have come out with a new plan to gut Affordable Care Act protections, which could be put to a vote on the floor of the House as early as Saturday . National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. issued the following statement in response:   “The latest health care repeal plan is another dangerous attempt to take...


O’Connor v. Pension Plan for Office Employees of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, Inc.

In November 2016, NCLR and attorney Teresa Renaker appealed a decision by the New York Philharmonic-Symphony’s pension plan denying a spousal benefit to Thomas O’Connor, a retired employee, and his husband, Victor Bumbalo. The plan originally denied the benefit on the basis that federal law in effect when Mr. O’Connor retired in 2009 did not recognize the marriage. O’Connor and Bumbalo met and fell in love in 1967 at Bennington College. Ten years later, O’Connor began working for the New York...


NCLR speaks out against today’s resolution allowing states to withhold funding from Planned Parenthood

NCLR says “when opponents of reproductive health target Planned Parenthood, they target us”  (San Francisco, CA, April 13, 2017)—Today, President Trump signed a resolution allowing states to withhold Title X family planning funds from health care providers that provide abortion care. This resolution overturned a rule enacted by the Obama Administration that prevented states from denying Title X reimbursement to qualified providers. NCLR Policy Director Julianna S. Gonen, Esq....


Standing Up to Attempts to Take Down Marriage Equality.

In North Carolina this week, anti-LGBTQ extremists tried to do the unthinkable. They introduced House Bill 780, also known as the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act” in an attempt to turn back the clock and, once again, whip up anti-LGBTQ sentiment. The bill directly challenges the Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges by seeking to nullify same-sex couples’ marriages.   North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper weighed in yesterday: “This bill is wrong. We need more...


NCLR responds to confirmation of controversial Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

(April 7, 2017 San Francisco)—The U.S. Senate today confirmed Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. This vote came on the heels of a rule change by Senate Republicans yesterday after they failed to secure the 60 votes needed to move forward with Gorsuch’s confirmation. Gorsuch, a controversial selection rated as more conservative than the late Justice Antonin Scalia, will now replace Scalia on the bench. At 49 years old, now-Justice Gorsuch has the potential to influence our nation’s...


NCLR statement in response to Senate Republicans’ rule change in attempt to ram through Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

NCLR says Senate Republicans changed rules “to let themselves win and the American people lose” (April 6, 2017 San Francisco)— Today, Senate Republicans upended years of tradition for the U.S. Supreme Court nomination process. After Trump nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch failed to garner the sixty votes needed, Senate Republicans took a radical step. Rather than requiring President Trump to select a nominee who could meet the 60-vote threshold needed as part of our established U.S. Supreme Court...


NCLR responds to historic sexual orientation discrimination decision

(April 4, 2017 San Francisco)— Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a landmark decision holding that federal laws protecting workers from sex discrimination prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.  Reversing older decisions denying federal protection to LGBTQ workers, the court concluded that developments in U.S. Supreme Court precedent over the past two decades required the court to reconsider its earlier cases and conclude...


NCLR responds to NCAA decision to back down on commitment to take a stand against North Carolina’s HB2

NCLR says NCAA “threw in the towel,” chose to “stand down in the face of discrimination”   (April 4, 2017 San Francisco)—Today, the NCAA Board of Governors issued its position on recent revisions to North Carolina’s HB2, the controversial law that repealed local anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, rolled back civil rights protections for other groups, and imposed draconian restrictions on transgender people’s ability to use common restrooms in public spaces. In a press statement,...


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