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On TDOV, NCLR Lifts the Voices of the Next Generation of Our Transgender Staff

On TDOV, NCLR Lifts the Voices of the Next Generation of Our Transgender Staff

International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is an annual event observed on March 31 that is dedicated to celebrating transgender individuals and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. For Transgender Day of Visibility 2021, NCLR is highlighting the voices of our transgender youth staff members who have chosen to share their experiences, expertise, and what visibility means to them.   Lexi Adsit (she/her)NCLR Donor Engagement Manager “When I...

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It Will Take ALL of Us to Stop Asian Hate

It Will Take ALL of Us to Stop Asian Hate

Two weeks ago, our hearts sank here at NCLR as we heard the news that the Atlanta community had been attacked by a terrorist who murdered eight individuals – including six Asian women. While we may not have all the details about the motives of the attacker, it is clear that he specifically targeted Asian-owned and operated businesses in a city with a less than 5% Asian population. What is also clear is that anti-Asian violence has dramatically increased in the last year, incited in large...

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A Message from NCLR E.D. Imani Rupert-Gordon About Anti-Trans Youth Bills in More Than 25 States

The spate of anti-transgender youth bills that are proliferating around the United States is insidious and incredibly harmful to the health and well-being of transgender youth in more than half of the country. NCLR Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon speaks about the dangers of these bills restricting medical care and sports access for transgender kids, and urges you to contact your legislators to strongly oppose them NOW! Imani also shares a message of hope and love to the transgender...

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“An Exaggerated Sense of Justice” – NCLR’s Youth Policy Director Shannan Wilber

“An Exaggerated Sense of Justice” – NCLR’s Youth Policy Director Shannan Wilber

“Across the country, the youth who populate carceral institutions and foster care are disproportionately BIPOC, queer, and/or poor. This is not an accident or something that can be repaired; these systems operate exactly as they were intended to operate. NCLR supports the movement to abolish these harmful systems and replace them with a safety net that promotes the health and well-being of low-income LGBTQ youth of color in their homes, schools, and communities.”Shannan Wilber, NCLR Youth...

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Born Perfect Year in Review

It’s been an exceptional year of successes for survivors of conversion therapy. Born Perfect had an incredible year in 2020, generously supported by people like you. Although the pandemic changed some of the ways we do our work, we won major victories and moved closer than ever to a world in which every young person knows they are born perfect and the deadly practice of conversion therapy is no more.  Born Perfect’s role in the movement to end conversion therapy is vital because our work...

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URGENT ACTION: Tell Your Senators to Vote for the Equality Act!

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS SUMMARY OF ISSUE The Equality Act (S. 393) would prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, public accommodations (things like restaurants, hotels, and theaters), and jury service. It would also prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in programs receiving federal funding.  It passed the House of Representatives on February 25, 2021 – and now...

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VIDEO – Honoring the Past, Making History Today – LGBTQ Black History Month: Honor, Celebrate, and Dream

VIDEO – Honoring the Past, Making History Today – LGBTQ Black History Month: Honor, Celebrate, and Dream

Richard A. Fowler, American Storyteller, Richard Media Company Cofounder, and Fox News Contributor moderates a panel of Black LGBTQ leaders of six national, Stonewall-era LGBTQ organizations, including: Panelists:Imani Rupert-Gordon, NCLR Executive DirectorKierra Johnson, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive DirectorDominique Morgan, Black and Pink Executive DirectorDavid Johns, National Black Justice Coalition Executive DirectorMelanie Willingham-Jaggers, GLSEN Interim Executive Director...

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Off to a Great Start, And Lots More to Do!

Off to a Great Start, And Lots More to Do!

Reflections on Week One of the Biden-Harris Administration President Biden has certainly been busy, hasn’t he? As of January 29, 2021, Biden has issued 22 executive orders and seven other types of executive actions, such as presidential memoranda. (By the time you read this, those numbers will surely have increased.) Of these dozens of policy announcements, a few of them, viewed together, tell an interesting story. Those of us in the LGBTQ community were thrilled, of course, that an Executive...

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VIDEO – A Turning Point for Trans Rights: President Biden’s Order Lifting the Trans Military Ban

VIDEO – A Turning Point for Trans Rights: President Biden’s Order Lifting the Trans Military Ban

Watch Legal Director of NCLR Shannon Minter, Transgender Rights Project Director of GLAD Jennifer Levi, and plaintiffs Nicolas Talbott and Blaire McIntyre as they discuss the impacts of President Biden’s lifting of the transgender military ban and how it marks a turning point for transgender rights. Blaire McIntyre (plaintiff, McIntyre v. Whitmer) is a Specialist in the Michigan Army National Guard and previously served in the active-duty Army 101st Airborne Division. She currently works...

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From the Desk of Imani Rupert-Gordon – A New Day

From the Desk of Imani Rupert-Gordon – A New Day

I remember where I was when then President-elect Biden was the first to mention gay and transgender people in his Presidential victory address. My wife and I looked at each other in disbelief. It was a bold way to show us that we matter.   Yesterday, we learned that this wasn’t an empty promise, when on his very first day in office, one of President Biden’s first executive orders was to apply all federal sex discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity. This...

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