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LGBTQ Groups Challenge Medicare’s Refusal to Provide Healthcare to Transgender Patients

(Washington, D.C., March 29, 2013)—Last week, several national LGBTQ groups and a cooperating attorney filed an administrative challenge to Medicare’s ban on medically necessary healthcare for transgender patients. Medicare, which provides healthcare to Americans ages 65 and older and younger people with certain qualifying disabilities, currently prohibits all forms of gender reassignment surgeries regardless of the individual patient’s diagnosis or serious medical needs. The National Center...

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HUD Enforces LGBTQ Equal Access Rule

Statement by NCLR Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington D.C., January 2, 2013)—Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a settlement agreement in a claim it brought against Bank of America for discriminating against a lesbian couple applying for a federally insured mortgage loan. This settlement marks HUD’s first enforcement action taken under its recently enacted LGBTQ Equal Access Rule. The rule, which represents one of the most significant federal...

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NCLR Applauds the Work of Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Washington DC, June 1, 2012)—Dr. Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research (PD&R) at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will be leaving HUD on June 1, 2012. Nominated by President Obama, Dr. Bostic has served in this position since July 2009. In his capacity as Assistant Secretary, Dr. Bostic, who is openly gay, has been a dedicated advocate for LGBTQ rights. Under his leadership,...

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NCLR Applauds New HUD Rule Ensuring Equal Access to Housing for LGBTQ Community

Statement by NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert, Esq. (Baltimore, MD, January 28, 2012)—Today, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an important new rule that greatly increases protections against housing discrimination for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. HUD announced the new rule at the 24th National Conference on LGBTQ Equality: Creating Change, a conference hosted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. The new rule,...

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NCLR Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert Named as One of Ebony Magazine’s ‘Power 100’

(San Francisco, CA, December 7, 2011)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights is proud to announce that its Federal Policy Director Maya Rupert has been named one of this year’s 100 most notable people by Ebony Magazine, the nation’s premier black magazine. Since joining NCLR in 2010, Rupert has been a regular contributing writer to a number of media outlets—including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Huffington Post—where she frequently addresses the intersection of...

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NCLR Celebrates End of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, September 20, 2011)—Today, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”—the discriminatory nearly two-decade old policy that bars lesbian, gay, and bisexual people from serving openly in the military—is officially over. In July 2011, President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen certified that the military was prepared for the implementation of repeal,...

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FAQ: Federal Hospital Visitation Rules

On April 15, 2010, President Barack Obama issued a memo directing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt new regulations that would require nearly all hospitals to grant equal visitation rights to all families, not just those based on marriage or biological ties. In the memo, President Obama specifically talked about same-sex couples as an example of families that have been unfairly kept apart when one partner is hospitalized. Open pdf

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NCLR Applauds President’s Certification of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, July 22, 2011)—Today, President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen notified Congress that the military is ready to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the discriminatory two-decade old policy that bars lesbian, gay, and bisexual people from serving openly in the military. Under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Act passed by...

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