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  

24 people found this review helpful

Was helped by the organization with my immigration, and later collaborated with the organization on other issues. Great staff, great dedication, and wonderful humanity.

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

my own asylum case as well as those of others.

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

try to insert a new national voice in LGBT political lobbying in DC. HRC is too moderate, and NCLR has the best politics in the LGBT community as far as I know.

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

the staff. A wonderful and very humane group of people.

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

awesome.

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

Fully implement it's liberal mission via legal, pr, lobbying, and organizing means

Ways to make it better...

the organization also worked on policy issues at the federal level. It focuses on legal work.

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

the overall lack of interest in the LGBT community to get more involved in other social justice issues.

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

I really like the org. Have I said that already?

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

NCLR gave me hope when I had none and I can honestly say had it not been for the staff at NCLR, my family would not have survived and came through our custody ordeal in tact. They are more than a legal service; they are a support group, counseling organization, in essence, they become a part of your family! Not a week goes by that I don't remember what they did for us!

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

so many people they have helped.

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

let it continue the work they do, continue to enable the dedicated staff, and be proud to be involved with an organization that selflessly helps others.

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

they understand how difficult individual situations can be for the individuals involved.

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

amazing, understanding, kind, caring and more.

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

change the world in a shorter amount of time.

Ways to make it better...

I had not been at the lowest point of my life when I met NCLR.

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

overcoming the prejudices of the world.

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

NCLR inspires me and changed my life forever.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I cannot begin to explain why the NCLR is such a great organization. They have an unconditional commitment to such a critical cause, and they work non-stop to assist individuals and improve society. Their entire staff group is intelligent, articulate, and caring. From the lawyers who are at the top of their field, to the communications people who go out of their way to attend to every last detail, this organization is at the top in the not-for-profit category! I am a part of on ongoing project with the NCLR that has lasted for the the past year and a half, and I have nothing but good things to say. My experience has been only positive. Thanks NCLR!

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

The marriage case for same-sex couples, and in my own discrimination case.

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

throw a party for the staff to show my appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

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

The professionalism of the staff and their ability to make significant change....real, lasting, change.

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

Friendly, intelligent, caring, and committed.

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

really make our society and the world a better, more comfortable place for millions of people.

Ways to make it better...

Right now, my experience is great. I would like to go up to NCLR office in San Francisco some day to meet the entire staff and thank them.

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

Financial limitations and time. The opponents to many of the causes the NCLR fight for are conservative groups willing to throw money at political campaigns and projects. In order to battle those groups, NCLR would benefit from more money.

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

Now is a critical time for this organization. Politically, socially, and culturally, our world is ready for discrimination to same-sex couples to end and the NCLR is working hard to make that a reality.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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