Rogers & Christopher v. NOBLE

In late October 2009, the ACLU-NJ successfully settled a claim (prior to filing in court) on behalf of two women who alleged they and their friends were prohibited, because of their sexual orientation and gender expression, from attending a dance run by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers (NOBLE). After having purchased tickets to the publicly-advertised event for themselves and 18 friends, the women and their friends were turned away at the door, being told that they were not dressed appropriately. The women were dressed in nice outfits; some were dressed in men's suits.

Current Status: The matter has now been amicably resolved. NOBLE has agreed to expand its outreach by (1) appearing at three events over the next 12 months to educate the LGBT community about their rights and about hate crimes laws and bias crimes; (2) posting a statement on its website each June - to coincide with Pride Month - expressing its support for equal treatment from law enforcement regardless of one's sexual orientation or gender expression; (3) issuing an apology; and (4) speaking about bias crimes and the rights of discrimination victims at the church that most of the women attend.

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