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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.

Lambda Legal has submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a transgender police officer in Nevada who was banned from the workplace restroom consistent with his gender identity and mistreated in other ways. The plaintiff is a man who is also transgender. Although assigned female at birth, he has a male gender identity. The employer ultimately lifted its restroom ban after a year, but continues to argue in court that its actions were legal, which would allow other employers to repeat its conduct.
Lambda Legal joined the legal team representing a total of seven Louisiana same-sex couples and the Forum for Equality Louisiana, the state’s LGBT rights organization, in their appeal to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals of last month’s U.S. District Court ruling upholding Louisiana’s discriminatory marriage ban.
Case arguing against a residential center's withholding of prescription hormone medication and punishment of gender expression for a transgender woman
Case in which a man living with HIV challenged the Atlanta Police Department's refusal to hire HIV-positive police officers.
Landmark case that struck down a Colorado voter initiative that would have stripped lesbians and gay men of civil rights protection.
Case brought against a doctor, clinic and health care institution after a woman was refused necessary surgery because of her HIV status.
Case arguing against a custody arrangement that is contingent on the children being blocked from seeing their HIV positive aunt
Case representing a skilled glass worker who was fired because his employer claimed his HIV status posed a "direct threat" to others
Case arguing that Baltimore County respect the out-of-state marriage of county employees and provide spousal benefits to married same-sex couples.
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.
Lambda Legal filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against a Boulder County property owner who violated the federal Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by refusing to rent a housing unit she owns in Gold Hill, Colorado, to a same-sex couple, one of whom is transgender, and their children because she worried their “uniqueness” would jeopardize her standing in the community.

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