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.
Lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada arguing that Nevada’s ban on marriage equality violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Case arguing for a Mexican man to receive asylum in the United States after suffering severe antigay harassment and abuse in his native country
Case involving a claim, among others, that statements describing plaintiff as gay were defamatory per se, entitling him to presumed damages.
A lawsuit contending that Proposition 8 is not a valid initiative because it improperly attempts to undo the California Constitution's core commitment to equality and deprives the courts of their essential constitutional role of protecting the rights of minorities.
Case arguing to protect the rights of gay and lesbian parents to be fully recognized as such, even if they are not biologically related to their children
Case arguing against the Foreign Service's policy of not hiring anyone who is HIV positive
Case filed against Westchester County, N.Y., police for releasing sealed arrest records in public sex sting.
Case invoking the Wisconsin hate crimes law after a university student is brutally attacked by two men because he is gay
Case seeking access to legal proceedings for a name change and waiver of fees on behalf of transgender woman
(Amicus) Landmark case challenging the military's sodomy law in the wake of Lawrence v. Texas which overturned all remaining sodomy laws in the U.S.
Case that won the right for same-sex couples to marry in Iowa