NCLR Condemns Trump Shutdown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Gray, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099  Government Shuts Down as Trump and Senate GOP Reject Bipartisan Solution to Protect Dreamers NCLR’s Tyrone Hanley calls the shutdown “completely avoidable” and calls for an end to the “cruel uncertainty facing Dreamers” (WASHINGTON, DC, January 20, 2018)—President Trump and the...


Ending DACA Puts LGBTQ Lives at Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:  Lauren Gray, Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Trump’s Decision to End DACA Could Put 75,000 LGBTQ Young People’s Lives At Risk NCLR says, “this administration just turned the lives of tens of thousands of our community members upside down” (WASHINGTON, DC, September 5, 2017)—National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell...


LGBTQ DREAMers Join President Obama to Celebrate Pride Month

(WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2013)—Today, four LGBTQ DREAMers, who were recently granted work permits under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, traveled from across the country to attend a White House reception in honor of Pride month. The four DREAMers—Carla Lopez and Luis Liang of San Francisco, Jose Mendoza of Los Angeles, and Alejandra “Ale” Estrada of Las Vegas—met one-on-one with President Obama, sharing their personal immigration stories and...


NCLR Celebrates 36 Years of Legal Victories

Honors Leaders in the Movements for LGBTQ Equality (San Francisco, CA, May 18, 2013)—More than 1,500 people gathered today to celebrate the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ 36th Anniversary Celebration and to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement heroes who are changing the legal landscape for every member of our diverse community. “The Anniversary Celebration always leaves me inspired by the courage of people who are willing to stand up and challenge...


NCLR Responds to Introduction of Federal Immigration Reform Legislation

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, CA, April 17, 2013)— Today, a bipartisan group of Senators who have been working on a plan to fix the current broken U.S. immigration system released their long-awaited proposal for comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The bill, called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, presents a massive overhaul to many aspects of our current approach to immigration. The plan provides a...


On National Immigration Day of Action, Nation’s Leading LGBTQ Advocacy Organizations Stand in Solidarity for Immigration Reform

“LGBTQ people are immigrants and immigration is an LGBTQ issue” (Washington, D.C., April 10, 2013)—Today, national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organizations join local, state, and national immigration, civil rights, and LGBTQ groups and advocates marching for justice for all immigrants on National Immigration Day of Action. Standing in solidarity with the immigration movement in calling on Congress to do the right thing and pass fair and humane comprehensive...


All For One And One For All

I have been lucky enough to have had many mentors who led by modeling the adage “we are all in this together.” At a time of such tremendous gains for the LGBTQ community in this country, I am mindful every day of the importance of that mindset. There is an often unseen—but nevertheless unbreakable—link between all civil rights and social justice movements. At our best, we learn from and lean on each other, and together we reinforce the ethic of a true commitment to justice. When I was asked by...


Special Fund Helps LGBTQ “DREAMers” Get Work Permits and Relief from Deportation

(San Francisco, CA, February 19, 2013)—Nearly 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) undocumented young people have either received or are in the process of receiving two-year work permits and reprieves from the threat of deportation, thanks to a fund made possible by over four dozen LGBTQ organizations. Last summer, President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to enable people who came to the United States as children—commonly known as...


DREAMs Come True: A Personal Story

By the time all of my peers were enrolling in driver education classes and mastering the rules of the road, I had already mastered the rules of how to go unnoticed. No jaywalking. No riding my bicycle without a helmet. And absolutely no mentioning my status as an undocumented immigrant to anyone. I was to do nothing that would set me apart from the rest. I was 2 years old when my parents, wanting nothing more than to improve their lives—and mine, brought me to America from Mexico. We soon...


Ever Had a Dream? You’re Not Alone

It’s been an incredible few weeks. President Obama made history last month when he announced his plan to bring humanity and decency to our nation’s immigration policy, and underscored the urgency of coming together to bring major reform now. The President’s speech outlined his vision for a clear path toward citizenship that includes a streamlined pathway for DREAMers, those young women and men who came to America as children and know only this country as their home. They have waited for the...


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