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Seth’s Law Passes Key California Legislative Committee
04.13.11—Today the California Assembly Education Committee passed Seth’s Law in a 7-3 vote. AB 9, also known as Seth’s Law, is a comprehensive bill that addresses school bullying by providing California schools with specific tools to prevent and address the pervasive problem in order to create a safe school environment for all students.
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
03.17.11—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.
Lesbian Couple and School District Reach Agreement
Couple Will Be Allowed to Walk Together in High
01.29.11—This is a joint press statement from Sarah Lindstrom, Desiree Shelton, their counsel, and the
Anoka-Hennepin School District, Champlin Park High School, Principal Michael George, Superintendent Dennis Carlson, and their counsel.
Rights Groups File Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Anoka-Hennepin School District and Champlin Park High School
Motion for Temporary Restraining Order Also Filed After Failure to Rescind Discriminatory Actions
01.28.11—The Southern Poverty Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Faegre & Benson, LLP have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Anoka-Hennepin School District and Champlin Park High School (CPHS) on behalf of two lesbian students, Desiree ("Dez") Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom.
Recent Youth Suicides Show Urgent Need for Community and Pulic Leaders to Condemn Anti-LGBT Bias
09.30.10—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights urged community and public leaders to condemn anti-LGBT bullying in response to news that four teenagers reportedly committed suicide after suffering bullying and harassment because they were gay or believed to be gay.
In the News
Violence Against LGBT Youth Behind Bars
07.06.10—NCLR Attorney Daniel Redman, along with Gabrielle Prisco of the Juvenile Justice Project, talk about the way the justice system fails all youth--and the reasons LGBT youth wind up in the system more often than straight teens.
Student Non-Discrimination Act Introduced in the U.S. Senate
05.20.10—Today, the National Center of Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds Senator Franken for introducing the Student Non-Discrimination Act in the Senate. The Student Non-Discrimination Act is federal legislation designed to ensure that all students have access to public education in a safe environment free from discrimination, including harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence.
NCLR Continues to Play Crucial Role in National Prison Sexual Abuse Standards Development
Submits Comments to DOJ on Standards Developed by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC)
05.10.10—Since August 2005, NCLR has played a crucial role in the conversation to eliminate sexual violence in prisons. On May 10, 2010 the National Center for Lesbian Rights joined the nation’s leading LGBT civil rights groups and the nation’s leading juvenile justice reform organizations in submitting two sets of comments to Attorney General Eric Holder, urging him to adopt the proposed NPREC standards to prevent sexual abuse in prisons, jails, and youth facilities.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights Stands Up for LGBT Youth With the National Day for Silence
04.16.10—Today hundreds of thousands of students nationwide will stay silent to bring attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) name-calling, bullying, and harassment in their schools as part of the Day of Silence.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights Applauds the Introduction of the Student Non-Discrimination Act
01.27.10—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds the introduction of the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 4530), new federal legislation designed to ensure that all students have access to public education in a safe environment free from discrimination, including harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence. The Student Non-Discrimination Act would provide nationwide comprehensive prohibition of discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
Hidden Injustice: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in Juvenile Courts
11.18.09—For more than 20 years, the juvenile justice system has steadily become more punitive in how it treats youth accused of delinquent offenses. In some jurisdictions, the pendulum is slowly starting to swing back, with reform efforts underway to develop more fair and effective juvenile courts. Notably absent from these efforts, however, has been a focus on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.
Groundbreaking Report Examines LGBT Youth in Juvenile Courts
Hidden Injustice recommends extensive policy changes
to protect youth
11.12.09—Today, the Equity Project, a collaboration of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Legal Services for Children (LSC), and the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC), announced the release of Hidden Injustice: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in Juvenile Courts. This groundbreaking new report, based on extensive surveys and interviews of juvenile justice professionals and youth, provides the first comprehensive examination of the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in juvenile courts nationwide.
National Center for Lesbian Rights Youth Project Director Jody Marksamer Honored by Stonewall Young Democrats
09.09.09—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today announced that Stonewall Young Democrats honored NCLR Youth Project Director Jody Marksamer with their Youth Advocacy Award, which is presented to individuals who have championed the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth and “who have made an extraordinary contribution to this all-too-often overlooked segment of our community.”
CA Superior Court Upholds Student Civil Rights Act
06.01.09—Today, a Sacramento Superior Court dismissed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate SB 777, the California Student Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination against students on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, and sexual orientation. The lawsuit was brought by a right-wing group that specifically objected to protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. The court held that the plaintiffs had failed to show any way in which the statute was even allegedly unlawful.
Permanency or Aging Out: Adolescents in the Child Welfare System
June, 2009—This article discusses challenges child welfare professionals encounter when trying to connect transgender foster youth with permanent families and lays out three recommendations to help these professionals ensure transgender foster youth have permanent adult connections before leaving care. “Permanency for Transgender Youth” was published in the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare’s 2009 publication, “Child Welfare 360 - Permanency or Aging Out: Adolescents in the Child Welfare System.”
Civil Rights Groups Urge Court to Dismiss Challenge to Basic Student Protections
03.19.09—Civil rights groups representing thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Californians filed a friend-of-the-court brief on Wednesday in support of Attorney General Jerry Brown’s request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to invalidate SB 777, the Student Civil Rights Act.
Kate's Blog: Out for Justice
Matthew Shepard's Legacy
by Jody Marksamer, Youth Project Director
10.10.08—Matthew Shepard’s death—in part because the whole country watched as he clung to life for several days even after being beaten and left to die overnight on a Wyoming fence—raised the awareness of the entire country as to severity of the problem of anti-gay hatred. It also raised people’s awareness of how bias and hatred could result in horrible, devastating violence against LGBT youth. Because of Matt, it became impossible for people to deny that LGBT youth exist and are at risk everywhere in the country, including in rural areas.
Efforts to Overturn Youth Protections at Ballot Box Fail Again
Right-wing Groups End Signature Gathering for Ballot Measure Against SB 777; Lawsuit Seeking to Deny Civil Rights of Youth Moves Forward
06.24.08—Right-wing groups have failed for a second time to reverse a law that protects California students in public schools from harassment and discrimination. Despite launching signature-gathering efforts earlier in the year, the Capitol Resource Institute on Saturday announced it would no longer seek to overturn Senate Bill 777 at the ballot box this November.
Groups Advocating for LGBT Rights Urge D.A. to Charge Alleged Lawrence King Murderer as a Minor
"We call on prosecutors not to compound this tragedy with another wrong.”
04.14.08—A coalition of 27 groups fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights today is urging Ventura County prosecutors to try 14-year-old Brandon McInerney in juvenile court, and not as an adult.
We Can, and Must, Keep All Youth Safe
This week, Out for Justice was written by NCLR's Youth Project Director, Jody Marksamer
04.01.08 — Fifteen-year-old Lawrence King identified himself as gay. He was out to his classmates at school. Sometimes he wore make-up, feminine jewelry, and high heeled boots. Like many other LGBT youth, Larry was the target of ridicule and harassment by some of his classmates for his gender expression and being authentic about his sexual orientation.
Civil Rights Groups Urge Court to Dismiss Discriminatory Case
Suit Threatens Basic Student Protections
01.19.08 — Friday evening, Equality California (EQCA) and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) filed an amicus brief supporting Attorney General Edmund G. Brown’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit attempting to invalidate SB 777, the Student Civil Rights Act. The brief argues that the complaint has no legal merit.
EQCA, GSA Network Applaud Failure of Signature Drive to Overturn Vital Protections for Students
SB 777, the newly enacted Student Civil Rights Act, remains in effect
01.11.08 — Equality California (EQCA), the Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network), Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Transgender Law Center (TLC) responded today to the failure of a signature drive to overturn the newly enacted California Student Civil Rights Act, SB 777.
EQCA, GSA Network File Motion to Protect Students from Discrimination, Harassment
Organizations Move to Intervene in Lawsuit that Challenges Student Civil Rights Act, California Nondiscrimination Statutes
12.21.07 — Equality California and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network are seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by anti-gay organizations that would prevent enforcement of California statutes protecting students from discrimination, harassment and bullying in publicly-funded schools.
NCLR Applauds Groundbreaking Protections for Youth in Foster Care
02.21.07 — NCLR applauds the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) for updating regulations to protect the personal rights of youth in foster care. CDSS expanded the regulations to incorporate the provisions of AB 458, the Foster Care Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibit harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the California foster care system.
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Court of Appeals Rules Against Christian Legal Society, Denies Request to Reopen Challenge to University’s Non-discrimination Policy
A statement from NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter, Esq.
11.17.10—Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the Christian Legal Society’s request to present additional evidence in Christian Legal Society v. Wu, a case challenging a California law school’s policy that student groups may not discriminate based on sexual orientation, religion, or other bases.