Year: 2019

Our Voices blog

NCLR Names Imani Rupert-Gordon as New Executive Director

NCLR has announced that Imani Rupert-Gordon will be its new Executive Director. Rupert-Gordon is a long-time movement leader and advocate for LGBTQ people of color. Rupert-Gordon will lead the 42-year old feminist LGBTQ legal organization, which is known for tackling the most pressing issues of race, gender, and economic inequality facing LGBTQ people. “Imani is the perfect fit for NCLR’s mission, culture, and commitment to bold leadership,” said NCLR Co-Chair Emily Doskow. “She is a...


A Message from our New Executive Director – Imani Rupert-Gordon

Imani Rupert-Gordon I couldn’t be more excited to join the team at NCLR. Like many of you, I’m a long-time fan and supporter. Some of my formative experiences in this movement have come as a result of the unique voice and the innovative work of this organization. As a Black, queer woman, I have been grateful for NCLR and its commitment to a vision of LGBTQ equality that includes racial, economic, and gender justice; the insistence that these struggles are linked; and the consistent reminder...


NCLR Files Amicus Brief in Support of Gavin Grimm

On November 25, 2019, the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief in the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student who was mistreated in school because he is transgender. Representing a coalition of organizations that work with families raising transgender youth, the brief tells the stories of families raising transgender children in states within the Fourth Circuit (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South...


Protect LGBTQ Access to Healthcare!

The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a rule that would open the door to increased discrimination in health care against LGBTQ people and those who use reproductive health care services. But they can’t start applying this rule before they hear from the public. We need to let them know that this new rule is unacceptable. Use the form below to tell the administration that all people deserve access to health care free from discrimination. If you are an...


NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter Awarded American Psychiatric Association Fryer Award

NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter was awarded the John Fryer Award from the American Psychiatric Association, following a keynote lecture at the organization’s  Annual Meeting in San Francisco. “It is no exaggeration to say that the modern LGBTQ rights movement owes its remarkable success to the unique partnership between legal advocates and mental health experts, who have shined the bright light of knowledge—of medical science, of evidence-based research, of fact—into the dark corners...


Congratulations Kate Kendell Commitment to Justice Awardee, Lupita!

NCLR is honored to present the inaugural Kate Kendell Commitment to Justice Award to María “Lupita” López Segoviano. Lupita entered law school committed to do public service, with a particular interest in police brutality civil cases, immigration work, and worker’s rights. Throughout her time in school, she has worked with migrants applying for asylum, and even traveled to Tijuana, Mexico to work with members of the asylum caravan. Lupita is driven to work with and for folks affected by...


We Belong At the Table

When I went to law school, there was that initial reaction of: ‘Oh! There are already too many lawyers in Washington!’ But guess what, there weren’t (and still aren’t) many lawyers who are gay and Black, grew up poor, and were raised by a Black lesbian mom. I think the policy-making world needs more people with my lived experiences because that’s what has been missing. We need to be at the table.” “there weren’t (and still aren’t) many lawyers who are gay and Black, grew up poor, and...


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