Since the 1970s, Lambda Legal has made history through winning legal victories that allowed LGBT people and people with HIV to live their lives with greater dignity, safety and equality under the law.
The cases below offer a broad overview of legal matters Lambda Legal has pursued on behalf of LGBT people and people living with HIV during the most recent decades of our nearly 40-year history.
Groundbreaking case arguing against Cirque du Soleil's decision to fire an employee because of his HIV status
Case defending a man's right to the estate of his deceased spouse with New York's long-standing law respecting out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.
Amicus brief defending a federal prisoner’s right to sue the U.S. government after sexual assault by a prison guard.
Case seeking regular visitation rights for a lesbian mother and the daughter she and her former partner had while in a Vermont civil union
Case arguing against the termination of a school superintendent because he is gay
(Amicus) Custody case arguing that restricting 'exposure' to the gay friends of a parent on the sole basis of their sexual orientation is contrary to Georgia law and perpetuates prejudice and stigma against LGBT people.
Case charging Qwest Communications with failing to protect an employee from severe antigay harassment in the workplace
(Amicus) Case arguing for a student's First Amendment right to freedom of expression
Case arguing to return primary custody of a child to mother after she lost it because she is a lesbian
(Amicus) Case seeking to ensure effective access to antidiscrimination protections in business establishments for disabled Californians, including people living with HIV.
Case seeking regular visitation rights for a lesbian mother and the child she and her former partner co-parented in California.