National Center for Lesbian Rights
Having just celebrated its two-year anniversary in June, the campaign has brought an end to this incredibly harmful practice in California, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Oregon, and Illinois. NCLR is currently working with legislators in a dozen other states to pass legislation banning the practice, as well as bringing similar protections to the rest of the country.
Working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this programs looks to address the unique needs of the LGBTQ community living in rural areas. The aim of the program is to increase the visibility of the LGBTQ community, as well as identify ways federal resources and advocacy can increase access to critical services for rural LGBTQ families and people.
Equal protection for LGBTQ parents and their children still has a long fight ahead. Parents can lose parental rights if they cross state lines, lose custody of their own children based on some state laws, or may not receive the same benefits and recognitions of non-LGBTQ parents. NCLR launched the #Equality4Families campaign to raise awareness about the need to reform state laws to fully protect a parents’ rights to care for and protect their children.
The law can be a powerful tool when confronting a society that does not accept you because of your sexuality. The National Center for Lesbian Rights is an organization dedicated to providing legal assistance to the LGBTQ community to bring about legal and societal changes towards equality.
The focus of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is to shape the legal landscape for all LGBTQ people though precedent-setting lawsuits, legislation, policy, and education programming. Since its founding in 1977, thousands of people have received legal assistance from the NCLR in a number of issue areas including: Asylum & Immigration; Elders; Employment; Family & Relationships; Federal Legislation & Policy; State Legislation & Policy; Hate Crimes; Healthcare; Housing; Low Income & Poverty; Prisons; Rural Communities; Sports; Transgender Law; and Youth.
Society has become privy to many LGBTQ issues over the years, chief among them marriage equality, anti-discrimination, and “bathroom bills,” but many areas fly under the radar. Issues include: people seeking asylum due to their sexual orientation; combating a state law to allow a widow to be buried next to her partner at a veteran’s cemetery; the loss of parenting and guardianship rights upon crossing a state boarder; fighting the dismissal of three bisexual players from the Gay Softball World Series. NCLR ensures the LGBTQ community receives equal representation in these, and many other court proceedings.
More than just giving legal representation, the NCLR looks to broaden public support for LGBTQ equality though community outreach and public education programs.
Jane and Tami Marquardt are proud to support such a worthwhile cause making a difference in so many people’s lives. To learn more about the National Center for Lesbian Rights or to donate, please visit www.nclrights.org.