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National Center for Lesbian Rights

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!