The Northwestern Lehigh school board in New Tripoli, PA announced that it would continue its current practice to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and single-sex facilities that match their gender identity. The Board explicitly rejected efforts by the anti-LGBT Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to implement policies that would discriminate against transgender students.
SB100 denies LGBT people protections others receive, invites discrimination against transgender people, eliminates local civil rights laws, and protects both licensed professionals who discriminate and religiously affiliated medical and social service providers that discriminate with public funds.
Though our mission is to pursue and protect the rights of LGBT people and people living with HIV nationwide, Lambda Legal is routinely asked to consult with groups around the globe. Over the past couple of years, Lambda Legal attorneys and education staff have met with groups of LGBT and HIV activists visiting from Australia, China, Kyrgystan and Uganda—to name a few.
Lambda Legal and the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) sent a letter to Delta Airlines on behalf of Dan Walter, a gay widower who was denied spousal survivor benefits after the death of his husband and partner of 21 years, Jay Beadle, who had 36 years of decorated service as an airline employee. The letter urges the LGBT-friendly Fortune 100 company to amend its pension plan terms to allow surviving same-sex spouses to receive survivor benefits even if their marriages did not meet the plan’s one-year marriage requirement.
Lambda Legal sent an open letter to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and leaders of the Indiana House and Senate urging them to include sexual orientation and gender identity to the existing categories that enjoy protection from discrimination under Indiana law.
Lambda Legal has debuted one of its newest resources, “Know Your Rights in Court” on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and people living with HIV when navigating the court system. The hub is accompanied by an interactive video, in which Lambda Legal Fair Courts Project Director Eric Lesh helps answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Lambda Legal announced a series of events it is hosting, co-hosting or participating in to mark Transgender Awareness Week (Nov. 16-20). Focusing on themes of both remembrance and resilience, these national events highlight the wealth of experiences and perspectives of transgender people, as well as the work of our partners and allies.