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Lambda Legal Condemns Discriminatory Bathroom Bill Introduced in Illinois

(Chicago, IL—January 20, 2016) In response to a bill introduced in the Illinois General Assembly today Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Christopher Clark, Counsel and LGBTQ Youth & Schools Program Strategist for the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal:

Lambda Legal Commends New York State Division of Human Rights for Proposed Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Rule, Suggests Improvements

(December 18, 2015, New York, NY) – Lambda Legal today submitted comments and suggested changes to New York State’s Division of Human Rights regarding a proposed gender identity nondiscrimination rule, under New York’s Human Rights Law.

Lambda Legal Commends Pennsylvania School District for Rejecting Discriminatory Policy

(November 19, 2015,) – Last night, the Northwestern Lehigh school board in New Tripoli, PA announced that it would continue its current practice to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and single-sex facilities that match their gender identity. The Board explicitly rejected efforts by the anti-LGBT Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to implement policies that would discriminate against transgender students.  

Lambda Legal Urges Le Roy Central School District to Retain Safe and Affirming Bathroom Policy

(New York, November 9, 2015) —Lambda Legal sent a letter to the Le Roy Central School District urging the school board to adopt inclusive bathroom policies that are consistent with the District’s current practice of respecting the gender identity of its students and in line with federal and state law.

Gov. Cuomo Announces Regulations to Protect Transgender New Yorkers: Lambda Legal Applauds

(New York, October 22, 2015) — After news outlets announced that Governor Cuomo has directed the New York State Human Rights Division to issue rules protecting transgender New Yorkers in housing, employment, credit and public accommodations Lambda Legal issued the following statement from M. Dru Levasseur, Director of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project.

HHS Proposes New Federal Rules to End Health Insurance Discrimination Against Transgender People

(September 3, 2015, New York, NY) – The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released proposed rules that clarify that transgender people are protected from a broad range of health care discrimination under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, the first federal civil rights law that provides protections on the basis of sex in health care.

Lambda Legal Applauds Introduction of Federal Nondiscrimination Bill in Congress

(Washington, D.C., July 23, 2015)—Today Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline, together with lead co-sponsors Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), introduced the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, and jury service.

Lambda Legal Responds to New ICE Guidance on Treatment of Transgender Detainees

(New York, NY, June 30, 2015) – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this month issued expanded guidelines on the treatment of transgender immigrants currently detained in ICE facilities.

Prison Rape Elimination Act: Lambda Legal Welcomes Strengthened Commitment From Texas Governor to Comply With PREA

(New York, NY – June 12, 2015) On Thursday, June 11th, Lambda Legal learned that the Department of Justice had accepted a new letter from Texas Governor Gregory Abbott certifying that Texas would take a more serious approach to implementing the standards of the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

Lambda Legal Responds After DOJ Rejects Texas Governor’s Assurance of PREA Compliance

(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. The rejection is based on the absence of a form that Texas was supposed to submit promising that the state would dedicate at least five percent of federal grant money toward implementation of the PREA standards.  Instead Governor Abbott wrote that Texas will work to fully implement PREA “wherever feasible” – a guarantee DOJ deemed insufficient.