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National Center for Lesbian Rights

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a nonprofit legal organization based in San Francisco, California, that seeks to achieve civil and human rights for LGBTQ+ people through litigation, legislation, and public education. NCLR has litigated many cases involving trans plaintiffs and helped to pass laws and policies protecting trans and LGBTQ+ people in employment, housing, sports, public accommodations, health care, prisons, and schools.

History and Staffing

NCLR was founded in 1977 by Donna Hitchens, then a recent law school graduate, as the Lesbian Rights Project of Equal Rights Advocates, a national legal organization for women. Hitchens initially envisioned NCLR as an advocacy organization for lesbians, particularly for those losing custody of their children. Almost immediately, however, NCLR began to represent gay, trans, and HIV+ ...

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