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National Center for Lesbian Rights Applauds Biden Administration’s Reinforcement of Essential Nondiscrimination Protections in Health Care 

Today the Biden Administration released updated regulations implementing section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in health care. This rule ensures that health care providers and insurers are aware of their obligations and that patients can access the care they need. The updated rule issued today restores explicit […]


National Center for Lesbian Rights Applauds Biden Administration Move to Ensure Safety for LGBTQI+ Children In Foster Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 30, 2024 MEDIA CONTACTS: Malkia Hutchinson, (202) 734-3548, mhutchinson@nclrights.org National Center for Lesbian Rights Applauds Biden Administration Move to Ensure Safety for LGBTQI+ Children In Foster Care The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds the Department of Health & Human Services for taking steps to protect some of the most […]


NCLR and GLAD Commend Biden Administration for New Rules Implementing Essential Nondiscrimination Protections in Education

Jennifer Bing, JBing@nclrights.org, 415-845-9406 Amanda Johnston, ajohnston@glad.org, 617-417-7769 For Immediate Release: April 19, 2024 Today, the U.S. Department of Education issued a final rule interpreting and enforcing Title IX, restoring and reinforcing vital civil rights protections for LGBTQ+ students. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) applaud the Department’s affirmation that Title […]


Black Leaders in the LGBTQIA Movement Applaud University of South Carolina Head Coach Dawn Staley for Standing up for Trans Athlete Inclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 8, 2024 CONTACT: Jennifer Bing, JBing@nclrights.org WASHINGTON – On Sunday, April 7, the University of South Carolina’s women’s basketball team won the NCAA National Championship. Ahead of the championship game, South Carolina’s head coach Dawn Staley made comments in support of transgender athlete inclusion in sports when she was pressed […]


Florida LGBTQ+ Rights Groups and Plaintiffs Reach Historic Settlement to Roll Back Key Discriminatory Provisions in “Don’t Say Gay” Law

The settlement will safeguard LGBTQ+ students from bullying, end censorship of LGBTQ+ communities, and reinstate Gay-Straight Alliances in public schools Interviews available upon request, including with plaintiffs  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2024 CONTACT: Shannon Minter, sminter@nclrights.org, 415-365-1310 Jennifer Bing, jbing@nclrights.org, 415-365-1302 TALLAHASSEE, Florida– More than a dozen parents, students, and teachers throughout Florida, along […]


Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Julianna Gonen following her participation in yesterday’s White House roundtable on access to IVF services

“The alarming decision by the Alabama Supreme Court holding that frozen embryos are persons under the state’s wrongful-death law is shocking and yet predictable. It comes amidst a widespread assault on individuals and families and their ability to make the most personal of decisions regarding their health and futures. From bans on abortion and transgender […]


Statement on 11th Circuit Order Allowing Alabama Transgender Adolescent Medical Ban to Take Effect

For Immediate Release January 11, 2024 CONTACTS: Amanda Johnston, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, ajohnston@glad.orgJennifer Bing, National Center for Lesbian Rights, jbing@nclrights.orgAneesha Pappy, Human Rights Campaign, apappy@hrc.org Today the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order allowing Alabama’s ban on medical care for transgender adolescents to take effect. This order grants a request by […]


NCLR Applauds Ohio Governor DeWine for Vetoing Transgender Medical Care Ban

December 29, 2023 – Today Ohio Governor Mike DeWine vetoed HB 68 – a bill that would have banned medical care for transgender adolescents, stating: “It is the parents who know their child best.” Across the country, federal district courts have enjoined similar bans enacted by other states, finding that they violate parents’ fundamental right to […]


Federal Trial Concludes In Challenge To The First State Law Attempting To Deprive Transgender Adults Of Healthcare, Florida’s SB 254

Multiple days of powerful testimony highlight the danger and lack of justification for the first law in the country that would seek to deprive transgender adults of healthcare in addition to banning care for adolescents Contact:Amanda Johnston, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders  | 617-417-7769 | ajohnston@glad.org Aryn Fields, Human Rights Campaign Foundation | aryn.fields@hrc.org  Nancy […]


Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Washington’s Law Protecting LGBTQ Minors from Conversion Therapy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 11, 2023  Contact:  Shannon Minter SMinter@nclrights.org  Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined review of Tingley v. Ferguson, a Ninth Circuit decision affirming the validity of Washington state’s law prohibiting licensed mental health professionals from subjecting minors to the harmful practice of conversion therapy, which seeks to change a young person’s sexual […]


NCLR Launches the Healthcare is Caring Campaign,
 Advocating for Healthcare for Transgender Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, November 13, 2023 CONTACTJennifer Bing, NCLR, 415.845.9406, jbing@nclrights.org  SAN FRANCISCO, CA – To kick off Transgender Awareness Week 2023, the National Center for Lesbian Rights announced today the launch of the Healthcare is Caring campaign to show that transgender healthcare, just like any other form of essential care, can save lives and enable […]


Statement on Denial of Preliminary Injunction for Florida SB 254’s Restrictions on Healthcare for Transgender Adults

September 12, 2023 (TALLAHASSEE) — A Florida federal district court judge today issued an order denying a motion to temporarily block state restrictions on access to healthcare for transgender adults contained in SB 254 while the legal challenge to the law continues. Attorneys for the plaintiffs issued the following statement: “The state’s restrictions on well-established […]


Alabama Parents ask Full 11th Circuit to Review Panel Decision that Allows the State to Ban Needed Medical Care for their Children

The panel decision reversing the block on Alabama’s criminal transgender healthcare ban undermines parents’ bedrock right to provide their children with established medical care and conflicts with clear precedent that laws targeting transgender people discriminate based on sex Alabama families challenging the state’s ban on medical care for their transgender children have asked the full […]


Statement on 11th Circuit Ruling Reversing Injunction on Alabama Transgender Healthcare Ban

ATLANTA, GA – Today, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision reversing a federal district court ruling blocking enforcement of Alabama’s law banning medical care for transgender adolescents. The district court opinion, which was issued last spring, held that Alabama’s law likely violated the federal Equal Protection Clause and […]


Organizations Suing to Stop Florida’s Transgender Health Ban Add Challenge to Restrictions on Adult Care and Request for Class-wide Relief

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Organizations challenging Florida’s transgender healthcare ban on behalf of seven families with transgender children filed an amended complaint today expanding the case to address state law SB 254’s harmful restrictions on access to care for adults and seeking class-wide relief for all transgender minors and adults who require medical care restricted by […]

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