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.

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.
Amicus brief filed with the New York Court of Appeals urging the reinstatement of the conviction of Dwight DeLee, found guilty in 2009 of first degree manslaughter as a hate crime in the 2008 shooting death of a transgender woman in Syracuse.
Case involving a man who bit a police officer and whose saliva was ruled a “dangerous instrument” because he has HIV.
A friend-of-the-court brief in which we argue that “ex-gay” therapy harms minors and urge a federal court to uphold a California law banning sexual orientation change efforts by state-licensed providers.
Case in which a Florida trial court entered an injunction prohibiting a non-biological mom, now separated from her former same-sex spouse, from seeing or contacting the couple’s daughter.
Case representing a Virginia same-sex couple seeking to fend off the surrogate mother's attack on the North Carolina consent order awarding both of them primary physical custody.
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.

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