NCLR as a Credible Source
In modern society, the truth is a flexible term. It is more important now than ever to fact check everything you see. With claims of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative’ facts dominating the news circuit, credibility and reliant sources have gained a new value. Especially when information comes directly from the white house.
Twitter has become a platform for the current administration to critique other world leaders, announce policy, and express grievances within the media. Through investigating the impacts of our current president, and his administration’s, use of Twitter as a platform for communication with the public I discovered a non-profit that is challenging a specific piece of policy the President announced via Twitter.
The transgender military ban was drastic policy change that surprised many, especially given how new policy of the opposite nature was written. A San Francisco local nonprofit, The National Center for Lesbian Rights, was one of the first LGBTQ organizations to file a lawsuit challenging this new policy set to go into effect in March of 2018. This organization partnered with another non-profit, GLAD, and filed an appeal challenging this motion on August 9th, almost a month before any other case.
In their press release announcing this challenge communications director Lauren Gray, who has extensive media credentials with publications such as The Hill, NYT, and the WSJ, as well as a law degree from Cincinnati College, discussed the upcoming case and what the implications of Trump’s tweet means for those in the community. Gray has been seen as a leading expert in legal communications, her background as a lawyer allows her to analyze the legal documents and express them in ways the rest of us without a legal background can understand. She has also served on numerous panels focusing on women in the media and integrity in modern day journalism. As well as having many of her skills such as: strategic communications, public relations, politics and human rights work being endorsed on Linkedin by her previous employers. The director of NCLR, Kate Kendell, has stated in an email that Gray has, “…allowed NCLR to expand its potential and has done incredible work for the LGBTQ community.”
The organization is 501 non-profit, with details regarding where donations go towards; such as their #BornPerfect and #RuralPride projects which target LGBTQ families with low income who may need legal assistance. Their tax code is also listed on the bottom of their website, which can be confirmed with the federal registry. There are bios for all staff members, with their educational backgrounds achievements in the community. Board members are also listed, with the same information as staff bios and links to their employer pages. There are also additional councils, made up of lawyers who donate their time and expertise to litigation cases by serving on their National Family Law Advisory Council and the National Leadership and Advisory Council. These lawyers practice all over the country, and through a quick search on the national bar registry I found that they are all members of the bar in their respected states.
Based on all of the information provided on the website, collaborations with other non profits and an active social media presence I would consider it safe to assume that NCLR is a credible source of information and can be noted as one for research purposes.