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Lambda Legal Responds After DOJ Rejects Texas Governor’s Assurance of PREA Compliance 05/22/2015

(New York, NY – May 22, 2015) According to news reports, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has rejected Texas’s assurance that it will work to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards.

Criminal Justice | Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Commends Texas Governor’s Decision to Comply with PREA 05/21/2015

(New York, NY, May 21, 2015) –Texas Governor Gregory Abbott has assured U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch that Texas will take steps to comply with the standards set by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

Criminal Justice | Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Hails Decision by Boy Scouts President to Allow Local Councils to Lift Ban on Gay Leaders 05/21/2015

(Los Angeles, May 21, 2015) – Robert M. Gates, president of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, today announced that the national organization would no longer enforce its ban on local Boy Scout councils allowing gay men to join the organization and serve in leadership positions, noting that the organization could no longer “ignore the social, political, and judicial changes taking place in our country.”

City of Atlanta Held in Contempt in Eagle Raid Case 05/19/2015

ATLANTA– Today, United States District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr., found the City of Atlanta in contempt of court and imposed sanctions for the city’s failure to comply with a prior Settlement and Consent Order on behalf of patrons at the Atlanta Eagle Bar whose constitutional rights were violated when the Atlanta Police Department raided the Atlanta Eagle without a warrant and searched and detained dozens of patrons who were not suspected of committing any crime.

Lambda Legal Seeks Accurate Birth Certificates for Children Born to Same-Sex Parents in Wisconsin 05/14/2015

(Madison, WI, May 13, 2015) – Today Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf Chelsea and Jessamy Torres, a married lesbian couple, seeking a birth certificate listing both mothers as parents of their son, born in March 2015.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Responds to Proposed Change in Blood Donation Policy with Call for Real Reform 05/12/2015

(Washington, May 12, 2015) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced proposed guidelines for blood donations that change the current lifetime ban for men who have sex with men (MSM) to a one year ban.

Health Care Fairness | HIV | Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Condemns Toxic Texas Marriage Bill, As Legislature Braces for Vote Tomorrow 05/11/2015

“The continued push for such blatantly discriminatory legislation illustrates that the Texas legislature is determined to demean LGBT people and defy the law set by the highest court in the country. Texas does not and should not get to pick and choose which parts of the U.S. Constitution it will follow.”

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Delivers Petition Urging Texas Governor to Comply With Prison Rape Elimination Act 05/08/2015

“Our petition represents the voice of a public eager to reform Texas’s prisons. Rape is not an inevitable part of incarceration, but leadership is key. We are hopeful that Governor Abbott will do the right thing and take steps to implement PREA.”

Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct | Stop Prison Rape in Texas
As May 15 Deadline Looms, Lambda Legal Urges Texas Governor to Comply With Prison Rape Elimination Act 05/01/2015

“No one should have to endure rape as a condition of their sentence. May 15, the national deadline to certify PREA compliance, should be seen as an opportunity for Texas to step up and do the right thing.”

Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct | Stop Prison Rape in Texas
Lambda Legal Marks May Day with Call for Increased Visibility for LGBT and HIV+ Immigrants 05/01/2015

“As welcoming communities gather throughout the country today, Lambda Legal calls for greater appreciation and integration of LGBT immigrants, and immigrants in general.”

Immigration | Proyecto Igualdad