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active cases

Victory! (Ohio)

In re D.B.
This brief was filed in support of D.B., a 12-year-old boy who was adjudicated delinquent under the strict liability provision of Ohio 's rape statute for engaging in sexual activity with his 11-year old male friend. The trial court found that there was no force involved. The strict liability statute at issue (Ohio Code 2907.02(A)(1)(b)) makes it a felony to have sexual intercourse with anyone under the age of 13. Despite the fact that both D.B. and his friend were in the protected class, the state only elected to prosecute D.B. for rape.

 


closed cases

Victory! (California)

California Education Committee, LLC, et al. v. Jack O’Connell et al.
In November 2007, anti-LGBT organizations filed a lawsuit in federal court, challenging California’s safe schools laws that, among other things, protect students from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. NCLR clients Equality California and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network got involved in the case in order to defend and protect the anti-discrimination laws.

 

Victory! (Florida)

D.A. v. J.W.
Seventeen-year-old J.W. and 18-year-old D.A. had been dating for almost six months when J.W.’s mother, Ms. W., learned about their relationship. Because she disapproved of her daughter dating another woman, in December 2007, Ms. W. petitioned a Florida court to get a restraining order to prohibit any contact between the two. Ms. W. admitted in court that she was seeking a restraining order only because she did not want her daughter to have a relationship with another woman.

 

Victory! (Florida)

Davis v. Fleming High School
NCLR represented Kelli Davis, a senior at Fleming High School, who was denied the right to appear in her senior yearbook because she wore a tuxedo rather than stereotypically feminine clothing.

 

Loss (New York)

Mariah L. v. Administration for Children’s Services
Mariah L. is a 20 year old male-to-female transgender youth who is a foster child in the custody of the New York Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), which has a duty to provide and pay for all necessary medical care and treatment for children placed in NYC foster care. Although all of Mariah’s medical providers agreed that surgery is medically necessary for her particular needs, ACS refused to provide it.

 

Victory! (Florida)

Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board
On February 7, 2005, a member of the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board issued a written memo stating that that GLSEN and PFLAG "endorse unhealthy sexual practices among youth, including sex between underage youth and adults." NCLR, acting on behalf of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), issued a demand letter insisting that the statements be retracted.

 

Victory! (California)

Ramirez v. Los Angeles Unified School District
NCLR and the ACLU of Southern California filed suit against the Los Angeles Unified School District and Washington Preparatory High School for discriminating against students based on their sexual orientation. The students alleged that administrators, teachers, and staff repeatedly called students derogatory anti-gay names and made anti-gay comments, threatened to out students to their families, and failed to protect students from anti-gay assaults.

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