National Center for Lesbian Rights

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Education is one of the clearest predictors of a person’s overall long-term health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, school is not a safe and welcoming place for many LGBTQ students. From unchecked harassment to discriminatory school policies, LGBTQ students are not given the chance they deserve to learn and grow. NCLR’s legislative advocacy and litigation is at the the forefront of dismantling the barriers LGBTQ students experience when trying to access their education—as it has been for nearly thirty years.


Cases & Advocacy

D.T. v. Christ


Plaintiffs D.T., Jane Doe, and Helen Roe are transgender children who unable to correct the gender markers on their birth certificates because of Arizona’s discriminatory laws.  Arizona requires transgender people to undergo surgery to obtain a birth certificate that matches who they are.



Press Release

NCLR Partners with HRC to Release Guide to Help Educators and Parents Advocate for LGBTQ Students with Disabilities

November 17, 2020. Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation released a new resource to help both parents and educators advocate on behalf of LGBTQ students with disabilities. NCLR partnered with HRC Foundation, the National Education Association, and the National Association of School Phycologists to produce the new resource, Advocating for LGBTQ Students with Disabilities.


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