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Ely v. Saul Amicus

In February 2021, NCLR and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed amicus briefs in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals urging the court to affirm rulings in favor of same-sex surviving spouses who had been denied Social Security survivor benefits. The cases are Ely v. Saul, Driggs v. Saul, and Schmoll v. Saul.


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Transgender Elder Law Clinic

In collaboration with the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, NCLR organized one of the first transgender-specific elder law clinics in March 2013. NCLR organized volunteer attorneys and advocates from the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, Transgender Law Center, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Legal Aid Foundation of L.A., Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, Inner City Law Center, and private attorneys. The clinic provided information and resources (in English and Spanish) regarding Medicare, Medi-Cal, Social Security, General Assistance and veterans’ benefits, healthcare, identity documents, housing, immigration, and employment rights. NCLR specifically presented workshops on employment, housing, and benefits for transgender elders.


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Walsh v. Friendship Village of South County

On July 25, 2018, Mary Walsh, age 72, and Bev Nance, age 68, a married lesbian couple, filed a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of Missouri against St. Louis senior housing community Friendship Village Sunset Hills. The complaint alleges that Friendship Village violated the federal Fair Housing Act by discriminating against Walsh and Nance on the basis of sex, denying them a unit because they are a same-sex married couple.