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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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NCLR Hails Historic Update to Title IX Rules

President Biden’s proposed updates to Title IX on its 50th anniversary include strong protections for LGBTQ students WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the historic federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in our nation’s public schools, the U.S. Department of Education has issued regulations codifying federal court […]

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NCLR Applauds President Biden’s Historic Executive Order on Protections for LGBTQI+ Americans

Presidential Order Addresses the Deadly Harm  of Conversion Therapy WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Biden issued a historic and sweeping executive order aimed at addressing multiple facets of discrimination against LGBTQI+ Americans. The order, timed to coincide with Pride Month, addresses the wave of anti-LGBTQI+ bills being introduced and passed in dozens of states across the […]

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Scores of LGBTQI+ Organizations Call on Policymakers to Protect Abortion Rights

National Center for Lesbian Rights Spearheads Joint Call for Action WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights released an open letter signed by 91 organizations representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) community voicing their strong support for the right to abortion. Channeling the outrage and alarm being felt […]

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Judge Halts Alabama Law Criminalizing Parents for Obtaining Essential Medical Care for their Transgender Children

Parents and doctors express relief that transgender adolescents will be able to continue receiving necessary medical care while their challenge to SB 184 proceeds. An Alabama federal district court judge has issued a ruling blocking enforcement of Alabama SB 184 while a legal challenge to the law proceeds. SB 184 criminalizes parents who seek to get […]

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Alabama Parents, Joined by Minister and Medical Providers, Seek Emergency Court Order Blocking Law that Will Criminalize their Transgender Children’s Ongoing Medical Care

Facing criminal penalties and a devastating loss of essential medical care for their children, four Alabama parents from across the state, joined by two medical providers and Rev. Eknes-Tucker of Pilgrim UCC Church in Birmingham will ask a federal court to block SB 184 from taking effect Four Alabama parents are asking a federal court […]

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