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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Federal Court Ruling Ordering Medically Necessary Care for Transgender Prisoner in Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 13, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to review a federal court decision ordering the Idaho Department of Corrections (IDOC) to provide medically necessary gender confirmation surgery to Adree Edmo, a transgender woman. As a result, the judgment that the United States Constitution requires the State to […]

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NCLR Condemns Rush to Replace Justice Ginsburg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 26, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ginsburg, only days after Justice Ginsburg’s death and before her burial at Arlington National Cemetery next week.  After the death of Justice Scalia in 2016, […]

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NCLR Mourns Loss of LGBTQ Equality Champion Justice Ginsburg, Commits to Continue to Fight to Honor Her Legacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 18, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org “We will celebrate her life and grieve her loss. But above all, we will honor her legacy by continuing her fight.” SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) mourns the tragic loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – a true […]

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The National LGBTQ Anti-Poverty Action Network Launches Campaign to Urge Presidential Candidates to Address LGBTQ+ Poverty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 7, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org Initiative encourages the White House during the next presidential term to address the systemic barriers to social and economic justice for LGBTQ+ people with low incomes, as well as convene an inter-agency LGBTQ+ Anti-Poverty Task Force     WASHINGTON, DC – Today, The National […]

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CSSP and NCLR File Supreme Court Amicus Brief to Preserve Non-Discrimination Requirements in Child Welfare Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 20, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.orgJessica Pika, CSSP Communications Director202.371.1565 | jessica.pika@cssp.org The brief shines a spotlight on the pervasive bias and discrimination that already plague the child welfare system, which wrongly removes many children from their families WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Center for the Study of Social […]

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Transgender Teens Bring Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Arizona Medicaid’s Categorical Exclusion of Surgery for Transgender People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 6, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org TUCSON, AZ – Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), along with co-counsel King & Spalding LLP and Perkins Coie LLP, filed a class-action lawsuit challenging Arizona Medicaid’s categorical exclusion for surgical treatment for gender […]

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National Center for Lesbian Rights Honored to be Recipient of Major Gift Award from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 29, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org NCLR joins over 116 fellow organizations “driving change” who are beneficiaries of Scott’s charitable generosity in 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Yesterday, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced that she has made a major gift to the National Center for Lesbian Right as part of […]

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NCLR Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Legend Representative John Lewis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org NCLR Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Legend Representative John Lewis WASHINGTON, DC – The National Center for Lesbian Rights today mourns the passing of civil rights activist and icon Representative John Lewis, who passed last night at the age of 80. […]

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Born Perfect Applauds United Nation’s Call for a Global Ban on Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 8, 2020 Contact: Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Directorcvasquez@nclrights.org / (415) 365-1337 Born Perfect Applauds United Nation’s Call for a Global Ban on Conversion Therapy “Today’s action by the United Nations marks a huge turning point in the global effort to end this deadly practice.” Mathew Shurka, Born Perfect Co-Founder and Chief Strategist […]

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National Center for Lesbian Rights Responds to Today’s Supreme Court Decisions on Religious Employers and Contraceptive Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 8, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org National Center for Lesbian Rights Responds to Today’s Supreme Court Decisions on Religious Employers and Contraceptive Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act WASHINGTON, DC – The Supreme Court issued two important decisions today that significantly change the relationship between freedom of religion and […]

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NCLR Executive Director Responds to Inclusion of Hyde Amendment in House of Representatives LHHS Appropriations Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 7, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org NCLR Executive Director Responds to Inclusion of Hyde Amendment in House of Representatives LHHS Appropriations Bill WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations bill that includes the Hyde Amendment, which bars programs […]

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NCLR Applauds Supreme Court Decision Respecting Precedent and Affirming Access to Abortion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 29, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org NCLR Applauds Supreme Court Decision Respecting Precedent and Affirming Access to Abortion WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United States Supreme Court struck down a draconian restriction on access to abortion enacted by the state of Louisiana, holding that it served no medical benefit […]

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NCLR Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary of Obergefell, Historic Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 26, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org NCLR CELEBRATES FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF OBERGEFELL, HISTORIC SUPREME COURT RULING ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY “Obergefell was about much more than simply winning the freedom to marry.” WASHINGTON, DC – The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today joins with millions of LGBTQ people and […]

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NCLR Applauds Supreme Court Ruling Invalidating Trump Administration’s Attempt to End DACA Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 18, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org NCLR Applauds Supreme Court Ruling Invalidating Trump Administration’s Attempt to End DACA Program WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the Trump Administration’s attempt to end the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides relief […]

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Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic and NCLR Release First-of-Its-Kind Comprehensive Legal Resource for Transgender Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 27, 2020 CONTACTChristopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic and NCLR Release First-of-Its-Kind Comprehensive Legal Resource for Transgender Youth Today, the Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic (HLAC) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights published a first-of-its-kind legal resource guide for transgender youth in the […]

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NCLR Applauds Historic Supreme Court Rulings Affirming LGBTQ Employees’ Right to Work Free of Discrimination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 15, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org NCLR Applauds Historic Supreme Court Rulings Affirming LGBTQ Employees’ Right to Work Free of Discrimination “For the first time, this historic decision ensures that LGBTQ people have nationwide employment protection and represents a monumental step that will help to create a safer working […]

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NCLR Denounces New Department of Health and Human Services Rule that Undermines Protections for LGBTQ Americans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 12, 2020 CONTACTS:Christopher Vasquez, NCLR Communications Director415.365.1337 | cvasquez@nclrights.org NCLR Denounces New Department of Health and Human Services Rule that Undermines Protections for LGBTQ Americans WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a rule that undermines clear federal protections against discrimination in health care based […]

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LGBTQ Organizations Unite to Combat Racial Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Those words, written over 30 years ago by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, remind us that indifference can never bridge the divide of hate. And, today, they should serve as a call to action to all of us, and […]

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