Selected Cases

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.

(Amicus) Case seeking to ensure effective access to antidiscrimination protections in business establishments for disabled Californians, including people living with HIV.
Lambda Legal filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee), arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate against their marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.
Case seeking regular visitation rights for a lesbian mother and the child she and her former partner co-parented in California.
Case arguing for students' rights under the First Amendment to form a gay-straight alliance and to be treated equally
Lawsuit alleging that the university discriminated against same-sex couple by rejecting their application for family housing.
Case representing a gay couple denied the ability to rent event space by an Iowa commercial business establishment.
Friend-of-the-court brief in support of a man living with HIV who was convicted of committing assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly spitting at a police officer.
(Amicus) Case arguing that Ohio's constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples does not exempt one from domestic violence charges because he is not married to the person he is accused of abusing
Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Passion Star (legal name: Zollicoffer), a transgender woman currently in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), arguing that TCDJ officials have displayed deliberate indifference to threats of sexual assault and violence against Ms. Star in TDCJ’s male facilities.
Case arguing that Birken Manufacturing failed to protect one of its employees from severe antigay harassment in the workplace.
Case of a man who allegedly bit his neighbor and was charged with violating a Michigan bioterrorism statute based on the allegation that he has HIV.


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