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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

I was very disappointed when I learned that the National Center for Lesbian Rights endorsed an anti-lesbian petition against the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. NCLR should stand with lesbians, not engage in tactics to batter lesbians who understand how we are oppressed because we are female.

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Donor

Rating: 5

NCLR is a fantastic, results-oriented nonprofit that works for change at the institutional level, winning landmark court cases on behalf of LGBT people.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

NCLR is undoubtedly, at the forefront of the LGBT rights movement in this country. Their legal team has successfully secured the right to marry for all couples in California, and they help thousands of LGBT people across the country every year through their helpline. This is an incredible organization with a proud history. Way to go NCLR!