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National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
NCLR is a national legal organization founded in 1977 and committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.

NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues. Projects and Legal Issue Areas Include: 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.
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1 Stockman v. Trump
5:17-cv-01799 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/05/2017 - Case Ongoing
President of the United States
Equal Employment
EE-CA-0359
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On September 5, 2017, three named and two anonymous transgender service members and a transgender rights nonprofit filed this lawsuit against the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and other federal officials in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The case was transferred to the Eastern District ... [view]
2 Doe v. Trump
1:17-cv-01597 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/09/2017 - Case Ongoing
The President of the United States
Equal Employment
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
EE-DC-0077
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On August 9, 2017, five active duty servicemembers in the United States military who openly identified as transgender people filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the President, Department of the Army, Department of the Air Force, and other government agencies. Three additional plaintiffs, including one ... [view]
3 Edmo v. Idaho Department of Correction
1:17-cv-00151-BLW (D. Idaho)
Filed 04/06/2017 - Case Ongoing
Corizon Incorporated
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-ID-0012
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The plaintiff in this case is a transgender, Native American woman. She was incarcerated at facilities run by the Idaho Department of Corrections. Despite multiple attempts at self-castration, the Idaho Department of Corrections and its employees had denied her medically necessary care, refused to transfer her, and failed to provide accommodations ... [view]
4 Broussard v. First Tower Loan, LLC
2:15-cv-01161 (E.D. La.)
Filed 04/13/2015 - Closed
First Tower Loan, LLC
Equal Employment
EE-LA-0118
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On April 13, 2015, a transgender man who was fired because he refused to agree to dress and be treated as a woman while at work filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The plaintiff sued his employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 200e et seq.). The plaintiff, ... [view]
5 Guzzo v. Mead
14-cv-00200-SWS (D. Wyo.)
Filed 10/07/2014 - Closed 2015
State of Wyoming
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-WY-0002
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On October 7, 2014, four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming under 42 U.S.C § 1983 against the State of Wyoming. The four couples live in Wyoming, two seek to get married in the state and the others seek to have their marriages, performed in other jurisdictions, ... [view]
6 Strawser v. Strange
1:14-cv-00424 (S.D. Ala.)
Filed 09/11/2014 - Closed 2017
State of Alabama
State of Alabama
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AL-0008
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On September 11, 2014, two men, married in their church but not allowed to marry under Alabama law, filed this § 1983 lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama against the State of Alabama. The plaintiffs had applied, unsuccessfully, for a marriage license in Mobile County, Alabama. They initially represented ... [view]
7 Taylor v. Brasuell
1:14-cv-273 (D. Idaho)
Filed 07/07/2014 - Closed 2015
State of Idaho
Idaho Division of Veterans Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-ID-0003
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On July 7, 2014, plaintiff filed an action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, alleged that defendant had violated her Fourteenth Amendment rights by refusing to ... [view]
8 Rosenbrahn v. Daugaard
4:14-cv-04081-KES (D.S.D.)
Filed 05/22/2014 - Closed 2015
State of South Dakota
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-SD-0001
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On May 22, 2014, the plaintiffs, a group of same-sex couples, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against various state and county officials. The plaintiffs included both same-sex couples with valid out-of-state marriage licenses and same-sex couples seeking to get married in ... [view]
9 Courage v. Wyoming
182-262 (State Court)
Filed 03/05/2014 - Case Ongoing
State of Wyoming
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-WY-0001
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On March 5, 2014, four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality filed a lawsuit in state court in Cheyenne challenging Wyoming's laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and refuse to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states. The complaint argued that the same-sex-marriage ban violated the Wyoming ... [view]
10 Pareto v. Ruvin
2014-001661-CA-01 (State Court)
Filed 01/21/2014 - Case Ongoing
Clerk of the Courts of Miami-Dade County
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-FL-0013
Miami-Dade County
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On January 21, 2014, six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute filed suit in Florida state court against the County Clerk of Miami-Dade County after they were denied marriage licenses because they are of the same gender. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Florida's prohibition on same-sex marriage violates the Due Process and Equal ... [view]
11 Latta v. Otter
1:13-cv-00482-CWD (D. Idaho)
Filed 11/08/2013 - Closed 2015
State of Idaho
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-ID-0001
Coding Complete
On November 8, 2013, four same-sex couples from Idaho filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court or the District of Idaho under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the state of Idaho. The plaintiffs, represented by both private and public interest attorneys, asked the court to declare that Idaho laws banning same-sex marriage are in violation of ... [view]
12 E.L. v. V.L.
CS-13-719 (State Court)
Filed 10/31/2013 - Closed 2016
E.L.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AL-0014
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On October 31, 2013, the plaintiff, V.L., filed this lawsuit against her ex-partner, E.L., in Alabama state court. Represented both by private counsel and a lawyer from the National Center for Lesbian Rights, V.L. asked the court, under Alabama common law, to recognize a Georgia judgment which made her a legal adoptive co-parent of E.L.'s ... [view]
13 Kitchen v. Herbert
2:13-cv-00217-RJS (D. Utah)
Filed 03/25/2013 - Closed
Clerk of Salt Lake County
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-UT-0001
Salt Lake County
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On March 25, 2013, three same-sex couples residing in Utah, one of which was legally married in Iowa, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Utah under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the state of Utah. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for a declaration that Amendment 3 to the Utah ... [view]
14 Griego v. Oliver
D-202-CV-201302757 (State Court)
Filed 03/21/2013 - Closed 2014
Clerk of Bernalillo County
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-NM-0002
Bernalillo County
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On March 21, 2013, four women (two couples) appeared at the Bernalillo County Clerk's Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, seeking marriage licenses. The clerk turned them down, acting under the guidance of a previous state attorney general's opinion. The couples brought suit that same day in New Mexico state court, represented by the American ... [view]
15 Tanco v. Haslam
3:13-cv-01159 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 2013 - Closed 2016
Tennessee
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TN-0005
Coding Complete
This lawsuit by four (later three) same-sex couples legally married under the laws of other states was filed on October 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. It challenged Tennessee laws barring recognition of their marriages, alleging that those laws violate the federal Equal Protection and Due Process clauses, and ... [view]
16 Doe v. Anoka-Hennepin School District
0:11-cv-01999-JNE-SER (D. Minn.)
Filed 07/21/2011 - Closed 2017
Anoka-Hennepin School District No. 11
Education
ED-MN-0001
Coding Complete
On July 21, 2011, current and former students represented by private counsel, and two non-profit public interest firms, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (Judge Joan N. Ericksen, Magistrate Judge Steven E. Rau) against their school ... [view]
17 Shelton v. Anoka-Hennepin Sch. Dist.
11-ED-00215 (D. Minn.)
Filed 01/28/2011 - Closed 2011
Anoka−Hennepin School District
Anoka-Hennepin School District
Education
ED-MN-0002
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On January 28, 2011, two high school seniors who were in a lesbian relationship filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against their school district. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, ... [view]
18 Cozen O'Connor, P.C. v. Tobits
2:11-cv-00045 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 01/04/2011 - Closed 2013
Jennifer Tobits
Equal Employment
EE-PA-0243
Coding Complete
The plaintiff is a Pennsylvania-based law firm who employed the (female) decedent, Ellyn Farley, who married her wife, Jennifer Tobits, in Toronto in 2006. Farley died in 2010. The issue in this case is who should get Farley's death benefits, under an ERISA-covered plan, payable by her former employer, Cozen O'Connor. Cozen filed this action on ... [view]
19 Adams v. Federal Bureau of Prisons
1:09-cv-10272-JLT (D. Mass.)
Filed 02/24/2009 - Closed 2011
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0041
Coding Complete
On February 24, 2009, a prisoner serving her sentence in a facility operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The plaintiff, represented by public interest and private attorneys, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging ... [view]
20 Gammett v. Idaho State Board of Corrections
1:05-cv-00257-MHW (D. Idaho)
Filed 06/30/2005 - Closed 2009
Prison Health Services
Prison Conditions
PC-ID-0006
Coding Complete
On June 30, 2005, a transgender inmate filed suit against the Idaho State Board of Corrections in the District Court for Idaho for failing to diagnose and provide treatment for her Gender Dysphoria (formerly known as Gender Identity Disorder and discussed as such in this case). Plaintiff, who was represented by National Center for Lesbian Rights ... [view]
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