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Married Same-Sex Couples Receive Many Federal Benefits, but Other Critical Protections Remain Out of Reach: Lambda Legal’s Work Continues 06/20/2014

(New York, June 20, 2014)—Today the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report recounting extensive recognition of same-sex spouses for purposes of federal benefits.  But the DOJ asserts that access for married same-sex couples and survivors living in states that deny recognition to their marriages to some of the most critical benefits offered by the Social Security Administration and Depar

Same-Sex Relationships
Lambda Legal Applauds Historic Same-Day Senate Confirmation of Two Openly Gay Nominees to the Federal Bench 06/17/2014

(New York, June 17, 2014) - Today, the U.S. Senate made judicial history by confirming Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and Staci Yandle to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, marking the first time that two openly gay judicial nominees have been confirmed to the federal bench on the same day.

Fair Courts Project
Obama Administration Plans Executive Order Banning Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination by Federal Contractors: Lambda Legal Looks Forward to Process 06/16/2014

(New York, June 16, 2014) - The White House has announced it is directing staff to create language for an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT workers by federal contractors.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
Victory! Iowa Supreme Court Reverses Conviction in Lambda Legal HIV Criminalization Case 06/13/2014

(Des Moines, IA, June 13, 2014) — Today the Iowa Supreme Court set aside the conviction of Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan who was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison, with required registration as a sex offender, after having a one-time sexual encounter with another man during which they used a condom.

Criminal Justice | HIV
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at Lambda Legal 14th Annual Reception in Nation's Capitol 06/11/2014

(Washington DC, June 11, 2014) - Last night, Lambda Legal hosted its 14th annual Washington, D.C. reception at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States and Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal Executive Director, were the featured speakers.

Lambda Legal and Transgender Woman Celebrate Successful Fight Against Discrimination and Harassment at Halfway House 06/10/2014

(Marion, IL, June 10, 2014) — Today, Donisha McShan leaves The H Group, the Marion, Illinois, halfway house where she was receiving substance abuse counseling, as a proud transgender woman who successfully fought for her right to be treated as a woman while at the facility.

Criminal Justice | Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Files Complaint for Anti-LGBT Slur On Restaurant Receipt 06/10/2014

(Washington, D.C., June 10, 2014) - Lambda Legal filed a complaint today in the Washington, D.C., Office of Human Rights on behalf of Amira Gray, a transgender woman who was given a restaurant receipt with an anti-LGBT slur printed on it while socializing with friends at Bistro 18, a hookah bar in Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood.  

Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Applauds New York Birth Certificate Policy Change for Transgender People 06/05/2014

(New York, June 5, 2014) — Today in reaction to the news that the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Records has updated its policy guidelines for changing the gender designation on birth certificates for transgender people, Lambda Legal released the following statement by Dru Levasseur, Transgender Rights Project Director:

Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Applauds Nomination of First Openly Lesbian Judge to Puerto Rico Supreme Court 06/05/2014

  (New York, June 4, 2014) — Today, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla nominated Maite Oronoz Rodríguez to the commonwealth’s highest court. Lambda Legal released the following statement from Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan:

Fair Courts Project
Lambda Legal celebra la designación de la primera juez lesbiana al Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico 06/05/2014

(Nueva York, 4 de junio 2014) — En el día de hoy, el gobernador Alejandro García Padilla nominó a Maite Oronoz Rodríguez como juez asociada del más alto foro judicial de Puerto Rico. Lambda Legal emitió un comunicado de prensa por medio de su abogado, Lic. Omar González-Pagán:  

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