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Cases & Advocacy

Equality Arizona v. Hoffman

A federal lawsuit that led to the repeal of Arizona’s anti-LGBTQ curriculum law, which barred public school students from receiving medically accurate, age-appropriate information about non-heterosexual people in their health education classes.


Legislation & Policy

State Policy Working Group

NCLR, along with other national LGBTQ organizations, is part of a State Policy Working Group that addresses proposed state legislation affecting LGBTQ people across the country. The group works to support local advocates in advancing bills to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, healthcare, and other areas, and to allow transgender and nonbinary people to obtain gender marker changes on identity documents.

The group also works to stop the dozens of hostile anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in state legislatures every year. Among the proposed laws that have been successfully defeated are bills that would permit discrimination against same-sex couples who marry, create broad religious exemptions to existing civil rights protections, allow religiously-affiliated child welfare agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples, prohibit transgender people from using restrooms and other facilities based on their gender identity, and deprive transgender youth of access to gender-affirming medical care and participation in school sports based on their gender identity.


Legislation & Policy

Equality Act

The Equality Act would prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in the context of employment, housing, credit, education, public accommodations, and jury service. It also amends Title VI to include discrimination prohibitions based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in programs receiving federal financial assistance. NCLR partnered with Black and Pink and others to educate Congress and the public on the Act’s potential to reform the U.S. criminal legal system for LGBTQ people and people of color.

The House passed the Equality Act in May 2019, but the Senate has not taken action on the bill.


Cases & Advocacy

Gender and Sexuality Alliance v. Spearman

NCLR and co-counsel filed a federal lawsuit challenging a South Carolina statute that prohibits public school health education from including any discussion of same-sex relationships except in the context of sexually transmitted diseases. The district court entered a consent decree and judgment declaring the challenged provision unconstitutional and barring its enforcement in South Carolina.


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