Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

The Limits of the Law

Equality-minded Nevadans were appropriately thrilled last year when the legislators in Carson City expanded our state’s anti-discrimination laws to encompass gender identity and gender expression. When the laws took effect last October, we all felt proud for helping ensure that transgender people in our state would not have their access to jobs, housing, and places of public accommodation unfairly denied.

A Rose by Any Other Name is Not as Sweet

Love is in the air. With Valentine’s Day last week, Washington State approving same-sex marriage last Monday, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturning California’s Proposition 8 the week before, it is a good time to be in love – in some states at least. Currently, same-sex couples can only get married in seven states and the District of Columbia, but they can register as domestic partners in several others, including Nevada.

Preventing the Tyranny of the Majority is in the Original Plan

When Chris Christie last week threatened to veto (and then did) the same-sex marriage bill passed by the New Jersey state legislature, saying it should be put to a vote of New Jersey residents, Gov. Christie perhaps thought he would look like the ultimate democrat (with a small “d”) to independents and perhaps even some liberals. And many conservatives, no doubt, thought that they could defeat same-sex marriage at the ballot box when they couldn’t win in Trenton, either the New Jersey legislature or in the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Congratulations on Marriage Equality, Washington!

The ACLU of Nevada is celebrating with Washington state for their monumental victory today legalizing marriage for same sex couples. The legislation passed the state's legislature last Wednesday, and Governor Christine Gregoire sign the bill into law today, February 13 - one day before Valentine’s Day.

An "Infamous" Hurdle to Equality

In the past few decades, the LGBT community has made great strides in its attempts to achieve equality. The military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy has been repealed, gay marriage has been legalized in several states, and more and more people are rallying against discrimination against LGBT individuals. One area, however, has been ignored during all of these changes, and that area is the statutory rape and seduction laws that are still on the books in several states.

Rebecca Gasca Recognized as a Front-Line LGBT Hero

Rebecca Gasca, the ACLU of Nevada's Legislative and Policy Director, has been named a Northern Nevada LGBT Heroes in the 2011 Pride Guide. Rebecca is the ACLU of Nevada's primary lobbyist at the legislature. She is on the ground in Carson City fighting for liberty and equality every single day of the 120 day session.

Protecting the Rights of Transgender Prison Inmates

On June 15, 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada sent a letter to the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) and the Nevada Attorney General informing them of various issued raised by transgender prison inmates.

Nevada Senate Approves Expanding ENDA

On Tuesday, May 11, the Nevada Senate approved AB221, a bill that would outlaw workplace discrimination against LGBT individuals in Nevada. The bill passed the Senate in a close vote of 11 to 10, and on April 18 passed the Assembly 29 to 13.

Cosmopolitan Hotel incident highlights need for Nevada Legislature’s SB331

Stephanie, a transgendered New Yorker visiting Las Vegas earlier in April, says she was escorted out of, and forever banned from, the Cosmopolitan hotel after using a women’s restroom. The hotel, while generally refusing to comment, does not deny that incident took place. The story of the incident is available in a Las Vegas Weekly article.

Two Anti-Discrimination Bills Pass State Senate

The Nevada State Senate today approved two anti-discrimination bills. SB331, a bill that would add protection against discrimination based on sex (gender) and also gender identity/expression to Nevada’s public accommodations law, was approved 11-10. If approved by the Nevada State Assembly and signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nevada would become one of about a dozen states with gender identity/expression protection in its public accommodations law.

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