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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)...

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Born Perfect Applauds Governor Hobbs’ Executive Order Making Arizona the 27th State to Protect Youth from the Dangerous Practice of Conversion Therapy

PHOENIX, AZ – Today, Governor Hobbs made history by signing an executive order prohibiting licensed therapists from subjecting minors to conversion therapy, a dangerous practice that seeks to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. With her order, Arizona is now the 27th state to protect youth from this deadly practice, whether by legislation, regulations, or executive actions. “We applaud Governor Hobbs for her leadership in protecting LGBTQ youth and their families...

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Minnesota Becomes 21st State to Protect Youth from Conversion Therapy

April 24, 2023 (SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA) — Minnesota made history today when Governor Tim Walz signed into law a bill prohibiting licensed therapists from subjecting minors to conversion therapy, a dangerous practice that seeks to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Minnesota is now the 21st state to prohibit conversion therapy. Utah enacted a similar law earlier this year. Minnesota’s law broadens and makes permanent a 2021 executive order by Governor Walz. “Minnesota...

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NCLR Applauds Release of New Proposed Title IX Rule on Transgender Students and Sports

Today’s release of a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Education affirms that Title IX requires the equal participation of transgender students in sports.  WASHINGTON, DC – Today the United States Department of Education released a new Title IX rule affirming protections for transgender students’ participation in sports. The proposed rule provides that categorically banning transgender students from school sports is unlawful and that any restrictions must be firmly...

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Utah Governor Signs Historic Bill Protecting Youth from Conversion Therapy

Governor Cox’s signature follows historic votes in the UT House and Senate – the first time a state legislature has voted unanimously in favor of a bill prohibiting conversion therapy for minors  SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Utah made history today when Governor Spencer Cox signed into law a bill prohibiting therapists from subjecting youth to conversion therapy, a dangerous practice that seeks to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.  Governor Cox’s signature follows...

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Utah House Unanimously Passes Bill to Protect Youth from Conversion Therapy

Following this historic vote – the first time that a state legislative body has voted unanimously in favor of a bill prohibiting conversion therapy for minors – the bill goes to the Utah Senate SALT LAKE CITY, UT — In a historic vote, the Utah House voted unanimously to prohibit therapists from subjecting youth to conversion therapy, a dangerous practice that seeks to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.  The bill now goes to the Utah Senate, where it...

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Washington State Law Protecting Minors from Conversion Therapy

“The Ninth Circuit has affirmed that states can require licensed mental health providers to comply with ethical and professional standards prohibiting the use of unnecessary, ineffective, and harmful treatments on their minor patients.” SEATTLE, WA — The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday rejected a therapist’s request for the court to reconsider its previous decision upholding the State of Washington’s law protecting minors...

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Introduction Lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender nonconforming, and transgender (LGBTQI) youth are well documented as disproportionally represented in the juvenile justice system. These disparities, coupled with the high visibility of LGBTQI youth as leaders amongst prominent campaigns to abolish the youth prison model, emphasize the importance of examining the concerns facing LGBTQI youth involved in the prison abolition movement, and the strengths they bring to the effort. This...

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Utah Families File Lawsuit Challenging the State’s Ban on Transgender Girls Playing School Sports

The plaintiffs are represented by the ACLU of Utah, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Today, two Utah families filed a legal challenge in Utah state court against House Bill 11, which prohibits transgender girls from competing in school sports. The law, which the Legislature enacted over Governor Spencer Cox’s veto, singles out transgender girls in order to exclude them from girls’ sports. It bars every...

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Florida Parents and Students Challenge “Don’t Say Gay” Law as Harmful and Unconstitutional

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and NCLR File Federal Complaint in Florida’s Northern District On March 31, 2022, lawyers from Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) filed a federal complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida challenging Florida House Bill 1557 (widely known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law). The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Equality Florida and Family Equality, as well as students, parents, and a...

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