NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS

Rating: 4.69 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, LGBTQ

Location: 870 Market St Ste 370 San Francisco CA 94102 USA

Mission: The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
Target demographics: NCLR serves more than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families in all fifty states each year, including LGBT seniors, immigrants, athletes, and youth. And our impact litigation serves all LGBT people in the United States.
Programs: Family Law: securing legal recognition of same-sex couples (marriage rights, civil unions, domestic partner benefits, partnership protection documents), and LGBT parents (child custody, second-parent adoption, guardianship, pre-birth decrees, visitation, alternative insemination, child support); Youth: providing legal representation, advocacy, information and support on behalf of LGBT youth who suffer discrimination or abuse in the mental health, child welfare, criminal justice and education systems; Immigration Project: providing legal representation, support, assistance and community education to LGBT immigrants, and advocating for equitable immigration and asylum laws and policies; Elder Law Project: providing public education and workshops on issues of special concern to LGBT elders, including Social Security, domestic partner benefits, estate planning, and health issues; Sports Project: providing legal resources to LGBT athletes, coaches, and sports personnel. Transgender Law: providing legal representation, support, assistance and community education to the transgender community and individuals, and advocating and educating on their behalf in our mental health, criminal justice and education systems; Elder Law Project: providing public education and workshops on issues of special concern to LGBT elders, including Social Security, domestic partner benefits, estate planning, and health issues.
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EIN 94-3086885
415-392-6257
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

If you don’t already know who the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is and the amazing, crucial, and effective work they are doing for all of the LGBT community you need to check them out (nclrights.org): their hard work and smarts are a major reason why we have the right to marry in California and WILL defeat the homophobes in November! As a queer man of color, I truly believe that what they are fighting for and accomplishing on marriage, family, work, discrimination, HIV, seniors, youth, and trans issues are some of the most important battles and strategic victories for any queer person alive today, anyone who cares about a queer person, and anyone who cares about American social justice and civil rights in our lifetime.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the legal cases they win and precedents they set, time after time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire the current staff immediately and turn the reins over to them.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The values, the leadership, the lack of ego, the way they keep their eye on the prize: it is always about the client and the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredible. The leadership from Kate Kendell and Shannon Minter is unparalleled. If only all our leaders could be like them. The NCLR staff and board is inspired and carries that same vision and leadership.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

literally change the world as we know it. I get goosebumps thinking what Kate and NCLR could do with that kind of money!

Ways to make it better...

not possible!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Political climate and backlash. And being "the best kept secret" of the queer community. And, as always, FUNDING.

One thing I'd also say is that...

NCLR has been a visionary leader for the past 31 years, one step ahead of all of us, and they haven't broken stride. They're still leading the way.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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