National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: December 2019

Our Voices blog

Otto v. City of Boca Raton

In 2017, the City of Boca Raton, Florida, and the County of Palm Beach, Florida, each enacted local ordinances prohibiting state-licensed therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient under 18 years old. Every leading medical and mental health organization in the country has warned that these practices do not work and put young people at risk of serious harm, including depression, substance abuse, and suicide. In 2018, an anti-LGBTQ legal group filed a...


Green Card (Permanent Residency) cases 2019

In 2019, NCLR was able to assist at least 15 clients get their legal permanent residency or “green cards.” These are a vital protection for our asylum and U visa clients. Legal permanent residency allows our clients greater freedom of movement and protections for their legal status in this country, and provides a measure of security that less permanent statuses do not. For many of our immigration clients, legal permanent residency lets them begin a new chapter of their lives and...


Vlaming v. West Point School Board

John Doe is a transgender student at West Point High School. Despite repeated requests from John and school administrators, John’s French teacher, Peter Vlaming, refused to use male pronouns when referring to John. Vlaming used female pronouns when referring to John on multiple occasions, both in class and during conversations with John’s classmates. His refusal to use the correct pronouns jeopardized John’s privacy by disclosing that John is transgender to his classmates, some of whom did not...


Hogsett v. Neale

Edi Hogsett and Marcia Neale were a same-sex couple who were together for thirteen years. When their relationship ended, they jointly sought a dissolution of a common law marriage. Later, Marcia argued that she and Edi were not actually married, in part because they could not have legally married prior to marriage equality. The trial court found that the couple was not in a common law marriage, and a Colorado Court of Appeals agreed, but noted that same-sex couples should be able to enter into...


Dvash-Banks v. Pompeo

Andrew and Elad Dvash-Banks are a married same-sex couple who had twins through surrogacy in Canada, where they live. Each of them is the genetic father of one of the twins, but both fathers are legally-recognized as parents of the twins. Elad is an Israeli citizen and Andrew is a U.S. and Canadian dual citizen. The U.S. Consulate refused to recognize both twins as U.S. citizens because one child is not genetically tied to Andrew. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California...


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...


NCLR Names Imani Rupert-Gordon as LGBTQ Legal Organization’s New Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2019 Contact: Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director / (415) 365-1337 NCLR Names Imani Rupert-Gordon as LGBTQ Legal Organization’s New Executive Director “There has never been a more important time for NCLR’s approach to advancing LGBTQ equality and liberation, and I am grateful to be a part of the team as we meet this challenge.” SAN...


NCLR Applauds Representatives Khanna and Lee, Senator Warren for Introducing Federal Sex Worker Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2019 Contact: Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director / (415) 365-1337 NCLR applauds Representatives Khanna and Lee, Senator Warren for introducing Federal Sex Worker Bill Groundbreaking bill would require the Federal Government to examine the impacts of SESTA/FOSTA on the health and safety of sex workers in the United States...


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...


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