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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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NCLR to Honor SF 49ers Offensive Assistant Coach Katie Sowers, Comedian Gina Yashere with Awards at 2020 Anniversary Virtual Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 24, 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The National Center of Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today announced that they will be honoring San Francisco 49ers Offensive Assistant Coach Katie Sowers with their Trailblazer Award, presented by pro-athlete and transgender activist Chris Mosier, at the NCLR 2020 Anniversary Virtual Celebration on Saturday, May 30 at 6 pm (PST). Also […]

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BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Denies Idaho’s Request to Delay Transgender Inmate’s Medically Necessary Surgery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 21, 2020 BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Denies Idaho’s Request to Delay Transgender Inmate’s Medically Necessary Surgery WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an attempt by the State of Idaho to delay Adree Edmo’s medically necessary gender confirmation surgery as that Court considers whether to review her case. Ms. Edmo, a transgender prisoner, sued […]

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Dee Farmer, the First Transgender Plaintiff in a Supreme Court Case, Mourns the Passing of Aimee Stephens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 15, 2020 Dee Farmer, the First Transgender Plaintiff in a Supreme Court Case, Mourns the Passing of Aimee Stephens BALTIMORE, MD – Dee Farmer, the first transgender plaintiff to bring a case before the United States Supreme Court, issued the following statement in response to the death of Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman whose […]

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NCLR Mourns the Passing of Transgender Trailblazer Aimee Stephens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 12, 2020 NCLR Mourns the Passing of Transgender Trailblazer Aimee Stephens  DETROIT, MI – The National Center for Lesbian Rights mourns the loss of Aimee Stephens, who passed today at the age of 59, before the U.S. Supreme Court could issue a decision in Stephens v. Harris Funeral Homes, the landmark civil rights case brought […]

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NCLR Denounces U.S. Department of Education Title IX Rule That Makes Schools Less Safe for LGBTQ Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 6, 2020 NCLR Denounces U.S. Department of Education Title IX Rule That Makes Schools Less Safe for LGBTQ Students  “This rule turns the promise of Title IX on its head and will make schools less safe, particularly for LGBTQ students, who experience higher levels of harassment and assault than do other students.” […]

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