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NCLR on Yesterday’s Midterm Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 NCLR on Yesterday’s Midterm Elections NCLR’s Kate Kendell says, “We may yet save our nation and repair a U.S.  Constitution in tatters” Washington, D.C.—National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Executive Director Kate Kendell issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s midterm...

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$1 Million Raised for NCLR’s Future at Annual Gala as Kate Kendell Prepares to Step Down

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 Moved by the Departure of Outgoing Executive Director Kate Kendell, NCLR’s Annual Gala Raises a Million Dollars for the Future of NCLR   SAN FRANCISCO—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) hosted its 41st Anniversary Celebration gala on Saturday night at San Francisco’s Palace of the Fine Arts....

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Death of Dykes on Bikes’ Soni Wolf: NCLR Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director (lgray@nclrights.org / 215-983-3099) Statement from NCLR’s Kate Kendell on the Passing of Dykes on Bikes Founding Member Soni Wolf SAN FRANCISCO—Dykes on Bikes today announced that founding member Soni Wolf, “an inspiring mother of the movement for lesbian pride and dignity” died on Wednesday, April 25 of natural causes at the age of 69. The...

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The Job of a Lifetime

Leading the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has been the job of a lifetime. I feel extremely honored to have held this position and privileged to have experienced the countless moments of joy and awe that have forever changed our lives as LGBTQ individuals. After 22 years, with a full and grateful heart, I will step-down as the Executive Director of NCLR at the end of this year. I never imagined I would live in San Francisco or lead an organization at the forefront of the fight for...

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NCLR’s Kate Kendell Will Step Down after 22 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / 215-983-3099   After 22 Years, Kate Kendell to Step Down as National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kendell says, “I feel enormous gratitude to have been a part of the NCLR legacy and part of the history of the fight—still on-going—for justice for all LGBTQ people.” SAN FRANCISCO—Today, the...

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Statement from NCLR’s Kate Kendell on the Passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:  Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099  Statement from National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell on the Passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee   (SAN FRANCISCO, December 12, 2017)—San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, a civil rights lawyer and the first Asian American person elected mayor of San Francisco, died early this morning. National Center for...

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World AIDS Day Message from Executive Director Kate Kendell

This year, NCLR celebrated four decades of work to advance LGBTQ equality. We know that we are stronger and better able to fight today’s battles because of our deep history in the movement—growing with, standing with, and supporting our community. And today, on World AIDS Day 2017, we renew our commitment to the fight against HIV, supporting our family members living with HIV, and honoring those who have died. Former executive director Roberta Achtenberg recently reflected on our early work in...

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Utah Mayor Gives NCLR’s Kate Kendell Key to the City on Coming Out Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Gray, Communications Director, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099 After NCLR victory for LGBTQ youth in Utah State Board of Education case, Salt Lake City Mayor gives NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell a Key to the City at Coming Out Day Celebration   Last year, NCLR sued the Utah State Board of Education for censoring content about LGBTQ people. Today, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie...

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Civil Rights Commission urges Trump against trans military ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:  Lauren Gray, Communications Director lgray@nclrights.org / (215) 983-3099  U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Urges Trump to Reconsider Transgender Military Ban NCLR says we need government leaders to check this administration’s “attempts to govern through the use of unbridled power and authority and its flagrant civil rights violations” (San Francisco, CA, August 18, 2017)—Today, the U.S....

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We must smash white supremacy. Together.

Yesterday, the President of the United States defended white supremacy and virulent racism on national television. He derided the journalists who challenged or questioned his comments, and he created a false equivalence between anti-racism protesters and Neo-Nazis. This is not normal. And we cannot allow this to become the new normal. Trump did not make yesterday’s statements in a vacuum. He made them against the backdrop of a nation reeling from the recent deadly racist rally in...

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Supreme Court Rules on Title VII! Give now & Celebrate!