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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Washington State Law Protecting Minors from Conversion Therapy

“The Ninth Circuit has affirmed that states can require licensed mental health providers to comply with ethical and professional standards prohibiting the use of unnecessary, ineffective, and harmful treatments on their minor patients.” SEATTLE, WA — The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday rejected a therapist’s request for the court to reconsider its […]


NCLR Statement on Bipartisan U.S. Senate Vote Passing the Respect for Marriage Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congress took a historic step toward legislatively protecting marriage equality in federal law for the first time in a bipartisan vote of 61-36, with 12 Republican Senators joining every Democratic Senator in voting aye on the legislation. This summer the House of Representatives passed the Respect for Marriage Act with a strong […]


Parents Challenging Alabama’s Criminal Ban on Healthcare for Transgender Adolescents to Argue before the 11th Circuit Friday

Plaintiffs urge the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals not to reinstate a law that would criminalize doctors and parents for ensuring their transgender children can access necessary medical care to support their well-being MONTGOMERY – Plaintiffs challenging Alabama’s SB 184 tomorrow will urge the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to affirm […]


NCLR Celebrates 45th Anniversary with First In-Person Gala since 2019

The 2022 Champions for Justice Dinner and Party will welcome NCLR’s Executive Director Imani Rupert Gordon to her inaugural annual gala since joining the leading LGBTQ organization in 2020  SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will join hundreds of donors, supporters, and friends on Friday, November 11, 2022, for an […]


NCLR Hails Decision by U.S. Supreme Court that Paves Way for Release of Historic Prop 8 Recordings

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of the Ninth Circuit’s 2021 ruling that allowed for the public release of the video recording of the federal trial challenging Proposition 8 – the 2009 ballot initiative that reversed the California Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision by amending the California Constitution to permit discrimination against […]


HRC, NCLR, Over 100 LGBTQ+, Health, Religious Advocacy Organizations Call for Increased Action and Funding to Combat Monkeypox (MPXV)

116 organizations signed on to a letter urging the White House and Congress to provide funding to help eradicate the MPXV outbreak and to ensure equitable access to care and vaccines WASHINGTON – This week, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) penned a letter to elected leaders calling […]


National Civil Rights and Reproductive Rights Leaders Meet with Vice President Harris to Stress the Urgency to Protect Reproductive and Voting Rights

WASHINGTON, DC – The nation’s top civil rights leaders, reproductive rights and justice organizations met with Vice President Kamala Harris on September 12, 2022 to discuss the harmful impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the ongoing threat to our democracy.  This meeting stems from a letter the organizations sent […]


Ninth Circuit Unanimously Upholds Washington’s Conversion Therapy Law

“Laws like Washington’s are critical to protecting minors and parents from being harmed by unethical therapists who falsely claim to be able to prevent a child from being gay or transgender.” OLYMPIA, WA — A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit unanimously affirmed that Washington state’s law protecting minors from conversion therapy is constitutional and may be […]


Legal Advocates Urge Supreme Court to Reject Effort Seeking Unprecedented Exemption from Anti-Discrimination Law

LGBTQ organizations’ friend-of-the-court brief warns the “free speech exemption” sought by petitioners in 303 Creative v. Elenis would undermine the bedrock protections that public accommodations laws have long provided against discrimination based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, and more in the marketplace  WASHINGTON – LGBTQ civil and legal rights advocates today filed […]


Parents, Medical Experts, Faith Groups and 21 States Urge Appeals Court Not to Reinstate Alabama Law Criminalizing Healthcare for Transgender Youth

Multiple friend-of-the-court briefs filed with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Plaintiffs-Appellees in Rev. Eknes-Tucker v. Marshall ALABAMA – Parents of transgender children have filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to uphold the injunction against S.B. 184. The Alabama law, blocked by a federal […]


U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Transgender People Are Protected Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

First-of-its-kind Appeals Court ruling says transgender people cannot be excluded from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in public institutions—including carceral settings RICHMOND, VA — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today affirmed that transgender people who experience gender dysphoria are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. […]


Parents Urge Appeals Court to Maintain Block on Alabama Law That Would Criminalize Essential Medical Care for their Transgender Children

MONTGOMERY, AL – Parents challenging Alabama’s SB 184 have responded to the State’s appeal of a district court ruling that blocked enforcement of the law in May 2022. SB 184 criminalizes parents who seek essential medical care for their transgender children, the doctors who provide this medical care, and anyone else who assists transgender young people to […]


Gilead Sciences and a Coalition of LGBTQ+ and Human Rights-Focused Organizations Mobilize to Address Monkeypox Public Health Emergency

Gilead Will Provide up to $5 Million in Global Grant Funding to Immediately Support Public Education and Vaccine Hesitancy Communications, a Public Policy Response and a Global Outbreak Emergency Fund for Community Organizations in Regions with Active Monkeypox Outbreaks FOSTER CITY, CA – Gilead Sciences, Inc., GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Black Justice Coalition […]


NCLR Applauds Biden Administration’s Restoration of Key Civil Rights Protections in Health Care Regulations

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Issues Critical Nondiscrimination Rule WASHINGTON, DC – The National Center for Lesbian Rights applauds today’s issuance of new proposed federal regulations that will restore essential nondiscrimination protections in health care, as required by federal law. These regulations make clear that section 1557 – the groundbreaking provision in the […]

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