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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.

Case on behalf of a brother and sister challenging antigay harassment, discrimination and censorship by school officials.
Case in which a same-sex married couple sued the Connecticut Department of Public Health because it refused to list both men as fathers of their twins born through a gestational surrogate.
Case arguing to preserve insurance benefits for same-sex couples after they are threatened by antigay group
HIV criminalization case where an HIV-positive man was sentenced to 25 years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender after a one-time sexual encounter in which he used a condom.
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

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