NCLR Urges U.N. Committee Against Torture to End Conversion Therapy

By Sam Ames, #BornPerfect Campaign Coordinator & Staff Attorney This Tuesday, I will walk into the historic Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to meet with representatives of the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State as part of the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ #BornPerfect campaign to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy, the dangerous […]

Coming Out Against Conversion Therapy

By Sam Ames, #BornPerfect Campaign Coordinator & Staff Attorney Today, on National Coming Out Day, countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people around the world will find the courage,  through one another, to tell the world who they really are. But this day is more than a just a celebration of the freedom to be […]

All LGBT Kids Are #BornPerfect

By Kate Kendell, Esq., NCLR Executive Director Even as the LGBT community enjoys huge gains in understanding and acceptance. Even as we have key leaders from every sector and across every spectrum supporting our full equality and rejecting rank bigotry. Even as we seem closer than ever to winning the freedom to marry nationwide, a persistent and […]

Dev Cuny (fka Deb Cuny)

BY DEV CUNYNCLR Contributor As a child, I loved to dress up in my dad’s Sunday best to preach the Good News of Jesus to a congregation of furry stuffed animals. Little did I know that my favorite form of make-believe would foreshadow the painful journey of deciding between a call to ministry and fully […]

Mathew Shurka

BY MATHEW SHURKANCLR Contributor Six weeks and I’ll make you straight. Guaranteed. That’s what a mental health professional told me when I was 16 years old, and trying to understand the feelings I was having for another teenage boy. My father—afraid that our close-knit family would be ostracized in our community because of my sexual […]