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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 alleging that the university discriminated against same-sex couple by rejecting their application for family housing.
Case representing a gay couple denied the ability to rent event space by an Iowa commercial business establishment.
Friend-of-the-court brief in support of a man living with HIV who was convicted of committing assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly spitting at a police officer.
(Amicus) Case arguing that Ohio's constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples does not exempt one from domestic violence charges because he is not married to the person he is accused of abusing
Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Passion Star (legal name: Zollicoffer), a transgender woman currently in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), arguing that TCDJ officials have displayed deliberate indifference to threats of sexual assault and violence against Ms. Star in TDCJ’s male facilities.
Case arguing that Birken Manufacturing failed to protect one of its employees from severe antigay harassment in the workplace.
Case of a man who allegedly bit his neighbor and was charged with violating a Michigan bioterrorism statute based on the allegation that he has HIV.
Amicus brief filed with the New York Court of Appeals urging the reinstatement of the conviction of Dwight DeLee, found guilty in 2009 of first degree manslaughter as a hate crime in the 2008 shooting death of a transgender woman in Syracuse.
Case involving a man who bit a police officer and whose saliva was ruled a “dangerous instrument” because he has HIV.
A friend-of-the-court brief in which we argue that “ex-gay” therapy harms minors and urge a federal court to uphold a California law banning sexual orientation change efforts by state-licensed providers.
Case representing a Virginia same-sex couple seeking to fend off the surrogate mother's attack on the North Carolina consent order awarding both of them primary physical custody.

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