National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: July 2018

Our Voices blog

Torrez v. Bombard

Rhonda Bombard and Sandra Torrez were a same-sex couple who had two children through assisted reproduction. Rhonda gave birth to the children, and the couple raised their children together for seven years. Rhonda then secretly moved the children to New York and cut off contact with Sandra. An Arizona trial court ordered that Sandra be given visitation with the child, but Rhonda refused to follow the order and appealed. The Arizona Court of Appeals held that the order was only a temporary order...


Your Voice Matters: Write to Help Transgender Veterans

Providing healthcare to all of our nation’s veterans is the right thing to do.  Federal law requires the Veterans Administration (“VA”) to “furnish hospital care and medical services” to veterans. For most veterans, this means that after serving in the military they receive comprehensive medical care from the VA. Right now, transgender veterans’ healthcare coverage is at risk. On July 9, the Trump Administration announced it will be deciding whether to provide transgender veterans with...


NCLR, GLAD on Trump’s Trans Military Ban One Year Later

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2018 Contacts: Lauren Gray, NCLR / (215) 983-3099 Amanda Johnston, GLAD / (617) 417-7769 NCLR and GLAD Statement on the Transgender Military Ban, a Year After Trump’s Tweets “One of our plaintiffs, Jane Doe 3, served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and said she was having breakfast after...


LGBTQ people must oppose Trump SCOTUS nominee

* This piece originally appeared in the Los Angeles Blade and the Washington Blade on July 12, 2018. On July 9, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Kennedy, who authored the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision and a number of other landmark LGBTQ rights cases, was an occasional swing vote on the Supreme Court. Though he almost always sided with the conservative justices, sometimes he voted with liberal Justices...


Lesbian Couple Sues Senior Housing Community for Discrimination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, National Center for Lesbian Rights / 215-983-3099 Missouri Lesbian Couple Sues Senior Housing Community for Discrimination NCLR says, “Mary and Bev were denied housing for one reason and one reason only—because they were married to each other rather than to men. This is exactly the type of sex discrimination the Fair Housing Act prohibits.”...


Delaware Becomes 14th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director / 215-983-3099 Delaware Becomes 14th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy Conversion therapy survivor and NCLR Born Perfect Strategist Mathew Shurka says, “Delaware is now a safer place for LGBTQ youth, and we are one step closer to protecting LGBTQ youth nationwide” WILMINGTON, Del.—Today, Delaware...


NCLR Protects LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy with New Toolkits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR / 215-983-3099 NCLR Launches Toolkits to Protect LGBTQ Youth in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems from Conversion Therapy NCLR says, “While a child is in the care of the State, it is critical that State systems ensure they are protected from this harm” SAN FRANCISCO—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today released two...


NCLR Statement: Trump Nominates Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2018 Contact:  Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director / (215) 983-3099   NCLR Responds to Trump’s Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy NCLR’s Shannon Minter says this “is a wake-up call to LGBTQ people and others about the critical importance of elections and the need to vote this November”   WASHINGTON,...


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