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 in which a man living with HIV challenged the Atlanta Police Department's refusal to hire HIV-positive police officers.
Landmark case that struck down a Colorado voter initiative that would have stripped lesbians and gay men of civil rights protection.
Case brought against a doctor, clinic and health care institution after a woman was refused necessary surgery because of her HIV status.
Case arguing against a custody arrangement that is contingent on the children being blocked from seeing their HIV positive aunt
Case representing a skilled glass worker who was fired because his employer claimed his HIV status posed a "direct threat" to others
Case arguing that Baltimore County respect the out-of-state marriage of county employees and provide spousal benefits to married same-sex couples.
Lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada arguing that Nevada’s ban on marriage equality violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit urging that heightened scrutiny be applied to discrimination based upon sexual orientation.
Case arguing for a Mexican man to receive asylum in the United States after suffering severe antigay harassment and abuse in his native country
Case involving a claim, among others, that statements describing plaintiff as gay were defamatory per se, entitling him to presumed damages.
A lawsuit contending that Proposition 8 is not a valid initiative because it improperly attempts to undo the California Constitution's core commitment to equality and deprives the courts of their essential constitutional role of protecting the rights of minorities.

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