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Client Spotlight: Remembering Kyler Prescott

Anyone who met Kyler Prescott knew that he was special. A gifted artist, pianist, and poet, Kyler expressed his creativity through every aspect of his life. He worked hard perfecting his passions and loved to spend any additional free time advocating for animal justice and LGBTQ rights. Kyler Prescott came out as transgender at age 13 and in May 2015, after enduring transphobic bullying and discrimination by peers and others, the Vista, CA teenager died by suicide. He was only 14 years old. A...

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NCLR Files Amicus Brief in Support of Gavin Grimm

On November 25, 2019, the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief in the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student who was mistreated in school because he is transgender. Representing a coalition of organizations that work with families raising transgender youth, the brief tells the stories of families raising transgender children in states within the Fourth Circuit (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South...

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CA First to Guarantee Gender-Affirming Healthcare for Trans Foster Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / 215.983.3099 California is Now the First State in the Country to Guarantee Trans Foster Youth Can Access Gender-Affirming Healthcare  SAN FRANCISCO, CA—California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark transgender rights legislation into law last week, guaranteeing the right of California’s foster youth to access gender-affirming...

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NCLR Victory for Trans Youth! FL School District Settles Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 Contact: Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / 215.983.3099   Victory for Trans Youth: Florida School District Settles Lawsuit, Will Allow Transgender Student to Use Restrooms and Locker Rooms in Accordance with Gender Identity   SAN FRANCISCO—The federal district court for the Middle District of Florida has approved a settlement agreement in a lawsuit the National Center for...

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School Success and Opportunity Act Passes Assembly Education Committee

(Sacramento, CA, April 17, 2013)—The School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, has passed the Assembly Education Committee by a vote of 5-2. The bill, which is co-sponsored by Equality California, Transgender Law Center, ACLU of California, GSA Network and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, addresses the exclusion of transgender students from classes and activities, and clarifies existing anti-discrimination law to provide clear protections to...

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California Bill Will Ensure the Success and Well-being of Transgender Students

(Sacramento, CA, March 4, 2013)—California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano has introduced the School Success and Opportunity Act, Assembly Bill 1266, co-authored by Senator Mark Leno and Senator Ricardo Lara. The bill will ensure that California public schools understand their responsibility for the success and well-being of all students, including transgender students, and will allow transgender students to fully participate in all school activities, programs, and facilities. California law...

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In Virginia, a Victory for Youth

By Liz Seaton NCLR State Policy Director Yesterday, the Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice voted 5-1 to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in the juvenile correctional facilities over which it has broad oversight.  Eight percent of boys and 23 percent of girls in juvenile detention identify their sexuality as other than heterosexual, so this is an important step forward to protect their rights. This is the second time that the Board has voted this way over the advice of Virginia...

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NCLR and SRLP Introduce First-Ever Guide for Group Care Facilities Serving Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Youth

Report Now Available To Facilities Across the Country (San Francisco, CA, March 17, 2011)—A pioneering new report authored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) urges group care facilities to reassess their treatment of transgender and gender non-conforming youth and to adopt policies and practices that provide these youth with appropriate, fair and equal care. The report, released today and called “A Place of Respect: A Guide for Group...

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In Need of Respect: Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth Face Serious Abuse in Group Care Facilities

Being a teenager in the juvenile justice system is challenging for any young person,  but as Cyryna can attest, being transgender adds an additional layer of fear. Cyryna, a transgender girl, experienced the dark reality that most people don’t talk about while being housed in a juvenile correction facility for boys, where she was the victim of verbal, physical, and sexual abuse by many of the boys she was housed with. Some of her abuse was witnessed by, and sometimes encouraged by, the...

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