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.
We hope that Mr. Sheen’s announcement will advance the conversation about HIV and AIDS in this country. As an organization committed to protecting the civil rights of people living with HIV, here are some things people should keep in mind as this is discussed in the coming days.
As the number of homicides of transgender women of color increases, we need hate crime legislation that explicitly protects gender identity as well as continued legal, policy and community efforts to end the pervasive and systemic discrimination facing transgender women of color.