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On July 25, 2022, the National Women’s Law Center joined the ACLU of Southern California, Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and 20 other organizations dedicated to gender justice and LGBTQ rights in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of California in Taking Offense v. State of California. Our brief urged the Court to uphold the state’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents’ Bill of Rights protection against long-term care facilities and staff willfully and repeatedly misusing a resident’s name and pronouns because of the resident’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. A California Court of Appeal wrongly concluded that this protection violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by regulating “protected speech” in a decision that could have ramifications not only to long-term care residents in California but to those across the country who rely on state and federal anti-discrimination protections from harassment and disparate treatment made possible through words. In 2021, NWLC joined a letter asking the Supreme Court of California to take this case and overturn this harmful decision.