Selected Cases

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.

Case arguing against the Foreign Service's policy of not hiring anyone who is HIV positive.
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.
Sexual orientation discrimination case where a cab driver demanded that a gay couple get out of his taxi after they exchanged a kiss.
Transgender employment discrimination case in which a transgender woman was fired after she told her boss she would be transitioning.
Lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia arguing that West Virginia’s marriage ban unfairly discriminates against same-sex couples and their children.
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
In May 2009, Daniel James Rick had a sexual relationship with another man of unknown HIV status, D.B., in which they mutually agreed to not use condoms. In October 2009, D.B. learned that he too was HIV positive, and the two men had their final sexual encounter in November 2009.  After the relationship ended, D.B. sought prosecution of Mr. Rick under Minnesota’s “knowing transfer of a communicable disease” statute.
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.

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