Janice Langbehn was barred by hospital staff from seeing her partner of 18 years, Lisa Pond, as Pond was dying. Although Langbehn’s case was dismissed because state laws did not offer adequate protection, Lambda Legal continued to work with her to educate others and to fight for justice. Then one day, she received a phone call from Air Force One.
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Dr. Robert Franke, a retired minister and university provost, was ejected from an Arkansas assisted-living facility when staff learned he had HIV. Lambda Legal sued the facility on behalf of Dr. Franke and his daughter, Sara Bowling. As the case neared its August 2010 trial date, the parties reached a settlement agreeable to all sides.
In 1989, Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer, a decorated 28-year veteran of the U.S. Army and National Guard, was the highest-ranking service member to be discharged for being lesbian or gay. Years before “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” her landmark case helped educate the public about the injustice of the military’s antigay policies. Her story was dramatized in the film Serving in Silence, starring Glenn Close.