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Rachel H. Berg, Esq.

Rachel H. Berg, Esq.

Rachel Berg works on NCLR’s nationwide impact litigation. She litigates the full range of NCLR’s civil practice, including transgender rights, education, sports, youth, and discrimination. Before joining NCLR, Rachel spent most of her career in private practice at large law firms in New York and Nashville, where she focused on class action litigation. While there, she also developed a substantial pro bono practice related to various social justice issues. Rachel clerked for the Honorable Eli...

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State of Tennessee Officials Agree Sign Mandate Targeting LGBT Individuals is Unconstitutional and Cannot Be Enforced

State of Tennessee Officials Agree Sign Mandate Targeting LGBT Individuals is Unconstitutional and Cannot Be Enforced

Final District Court Order in Curb Records and Mike Curb Foundation’s challenge to HB 1182 ensures the anti-business “Not Welcome” sign law will never take effect January 6, 2023 (NASHVILLE) – A U.S. District Court has entered a final order prohibiting enforcement of Tennessee HB 1182, a law passed in 2021 requiring businesses to post a demeaning notice if they permit LGBT patrons to use the same restrooms as other patrons.  The order states that the law “is unconstitutional and...

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NCLR Statement on President Biden Signing Respect for Marriage Act

NCLR Statement on President Biden Signing Respect for Marriage Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Biden signed the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act, which codifies same-sex and interracial marriage and family equality into Federal law for the first time in history at a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.  NCLR has issued the following statement:  This afternoon, President Biden not only ended the discriminatory so-called Defense of Marriage Act, he also enshrined marriage equality into a federal statute for the first time in...

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Hecox v. Little

In 2020, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed into law HB 500 – the so-called “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” – making Idaho the first state to pass a law banning transgender  athletes from participating in sports. The law would bar women and girls who are transgender, and many who are intersex, from taking part in school sports consistent with their gender identity. It would also institute a “dispute” process, which would require female athletes to verify their biological sex through an...

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Boe v. Marshall

On April 8, 2022, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law SB 184. The law directly targets transgender adolescents and their families by imposing criminal penalties on any individual, including parents and healthcare providers, who facilitate or provide essential medical care to transgender adolescents for the treatment of gender dysphoria. NCLR, SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center), Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, along with co-counsel Lightfoot,...

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Supporting LGBTQI Youth in the Prison Abolition Movement

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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NCLR Statement on Bipartisan U.S. Senate Vote Passing the Respect for Marriage Act

NCLR Statement on Bipartisan U.S. Senate Vote Passing the Respect for Marriage Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congress took a historic step toward legislatively protecting marriage equality in federal law for the first time in a bipartisan vote of 61-36, with 12 Republican Senators joining every Democratic Senator in voting aye on the legislation. This summer the House of Representatives passed the Respect for Marriage Act with a strong bipartisan majority of 267 members – including 47 Republicans – reflecting the will of the more than  71% of Americans who support the freedom...

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Parents Challenging Alabama’s Criminal Ban on Healthcare for Transgender Adolescents to Argue before the 11th Circuit Friday

Parents Challenging Alabama’s Criminal Ban on Healthcare for Transgender Adolescents to Argue before the 11th Circuit Friday

Plaintiffs urge the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals not to reinstate a law that would criminalize doctors and parents for ensuring their transgender children can access necessary medical care to support their well-being MONTGOMERY – Plaintiffs challenging Alabama’s SB 184 tomorrow will urge the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to affirm the district court’s order barring enforcement of the law, which would criminalize doctors and parents for providing transgender children with...

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NCLR Celebrates 45th Anniversary with First In-Person Gala since 2019

NCLR Celebrates 45th Anniversary with First In-Person Gala since 2019

The 2022 Champions for Justice Dinner and Party will welcome NCLR’s Executive Director Imani Rupert Gordon to her inaugural annual gala since joining the leading LGBTQ organization in 2020  SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will join hundreds of donors, supporters, and friends on Friday, November 11, 2022, for an evening of inspiration, activism, and community at the Marriot Marquis and Metreon Cityview in San Francisco, CA. NCLR’s Champions for Justice...

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San Francisco Transgender Film Festival

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival

November 10-11: in-personNovember 12-20: online For 25 years, SFTFF has screened films that promote the visibility of transgender and gender variant people and challenge the mainstream media’s negative stereotypes of our communities. We provide opportunities for transgender and gender variant media artists, build community through our film and performance events, and engage our audiences in cross-community dialogue. This year, SFTFF curated 7 brilliant programs featuring over 40 films, both...

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