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VIDEO – A Changing Landscape: Preparing for a Biden Administration

VIDEO – A Changing Landscape: Preparing for a Biden Administration

The Trump administration has left long-lasting and damaging policies and an LGBTQ unfriendly judiciary that will continue to challenge our efforts for justice. But even within this hostile climate, NCLR made historic gains this past year as a result of the Bostock decision, leading the movement to end conversion therapy, co-founding the LGBTQ Anti-Poverty Network, upholding and protecting marriage, and stepping into a leadership role in protecting youth embroiled in the foster care...

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VIDEO – Leading the Way: A Women’s Roundtable

VIDEO – Leading the Way: A Women’s Roundtable

Women have led the way to shift our country towards equality. In our final panel of the 2020 calendar year, we discussed the importance of women in social movements, what has and hasn’t worked, and the shifting landscape that we face as a community. Watch NCLR in discussion about leadership, the LGBTQ movement, and being a woman. Led by Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon and joined by Kate Brown, President of San Francisco Dykes on Bikes; Cameron Esposito, Comedian, Writer, Actor, and...

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Henderson v. Box Reaffirms Marriage Equality is Law of the Land

Henderson v. Box Reaffirms Marriage Equality is Law of the Land

This week in Henderson v. Box, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that marriage equality is the law of the land and that states must provide the same rights to same-sex and different-sex spouses.  After the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015 that same-sex couples had a right to marry, Indiana refused to list same-sex married parents on their children’s birth certificates. Eight same-sex married couples in Indiana sued the state and won before the trial court, and then...

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Uplifting Transgender Voices – Our Client’s Story

Uplifting Transgender Voices – Our Client’s Story

Oprima aquí para leer la versión en Español de esta publicación [Editor’s note: Name changed in this article to protect NCLR client’s privacy.] After a lifetime of hardship, Sammie, an NCLR Immigration Project client, has finally found a new sense of community and belonging with the San Francisco based organization El/La Para TransLatinas. With the strength of her community behind her, Sammie continues to spread positivity for all transgender Latinx people escaping persecution and extends her...

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From the Desk of Imani Rupert-Gordon – October 2020

Hello NCLR!  This has been a difficult time, and many of us have been reflecting on why we do our work, what drives us, and what inspires us. In 1989 Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality. And although these days it has become a bit of a buzzword, it is still the concept that helps me best articulate why I do my work, and more specifically, why I do my work the WAY I do.   Often, when we hear the word intersectional, it’s to explain how we talk about someone who...

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Latinx Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 represents Latinx Heritage Month, a time for many of us to acknowledge and celebrate our cultures, ancestry, and families. For those of us in the LGBTQ community, it is a time that we honor our LGBTQ Latinx ancestors who paved the way. Sylvia Rivera, José Sarria, and Gloria Anzaldúa are just a few examples of the brave LGBTQ trailblazers who fought for our lives to be better. In the last week of September, we held our annual Rural Pride Summit, an event that...

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NCLR’s Response to Justices Alito and Thomas

You have been by our side for a long time, through moments of thrilling victory and through many moments of peril and uncertainty as well.   We know you look to us to do our research, be one step ahead of our foes, and be ready to pivot and fight until we win the rights and achieve the lived equality we all deserve.  Rest assured, we are working harder than ever to respond to inequities and create a more just world. This past week, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, joined by...

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From the Desk of Imani Rupert-Gordon – September 2020

Good morning NCLR! It feels like just yesterday I joined you, but, if you can believe this, I just hit my 6-month anniversary as part of the NCLR family! Even during COVID, NCLR has been working hard to protect our community. As a co-founder of the National Anti-Poverty Action Network, we continue to work to protect LGBTQ people living in poverty. If you didn’t get a chance to check out our priorities for the next administration check them out here. And we continue our groundbreaking work,...

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Virtual Rural Pride Summit California

Leer en español The National Center for Lesbian Rights and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. are co-hosting a virtual Rural Pride Summit for California. The Summit will take place over the week of September 21st, with panels, workshops, and discussions happening throughout the week. Participants are welcome to join for any and all of these. Below is a complete schedule of panels, workshops, and discussions. Register Online This Rural Pride Summit is a chance for those living in rural...

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URGENT ACTION: Submit comments opposing the Trump Administration’s cruel new policy attacking transgender people experiencing homelessness

SUBMIT COMMENTS SUMMARY OF ISSUE On Friday, July 23, 2020, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a new rule that would gut protections for transgender people seeking safe shelter. This rule would strip away current protections that prohibit federally-funded homeless shelters from discriminating against transgender people. The new rule permits shelters to discriminate, which will result in needless suffering and death. No one should be denied access to a homeless...

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