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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.

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Annie F. and Lyndy R.

Annie and Lyndy had been together for nearly thirteen years when Annie suffered a debilitating stroke. About ten years later, Annie entered hospice care while Lyndy continued to care for her. Despite legal documents designating Lyndy as the person responsible to make medical decisions for her, a state entity removed Annie from her shared home with Lyndy and petitioned for a public guardian.

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