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Lambda Legal Commends Pennsylvania School District for Rejecting Discriminatory Policy 11/19/2015

(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.

Transgender Rights | VIH | Youth and Schools
Lambda Legal Urges Le Roy Central School District to Retain Safe and Affirming Bathroom Policy 11/09/2015

(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.

Transgender Rights | Youth and Schools
Gov. Cuomo Announces Regulations to Protect Transgender New Yorkers: Lambda Legal Applauds 10/22/2015

(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.

Transgender Rights
HHS Proposes New Federal Rules to End Health Insurance Discrimination Against Transgender People 09/03/2015

(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 th

Health Care Fairness | Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Applauds Introduction of Federal Nondiscrimination Bill in Congress 07/23/2015

(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.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Housing | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Teens & Young Adults | Transgender Rights | Youth and Schools | Youth in Out-of-Home Care
Lambda Legal Responds to New ICE Guidance on Treatment of Transgender Detainees 06/30/2015

(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.

Immigration | Transgender Rights
Prison Rape Elimination Act: Lambda Legal Welcomes Strengthened Commitment From Texas Governor to Comply With PREA 06/12/2015

(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.

Criminal Justice | Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Responds After DOJ Rejects Texas Governor’s Assurance of PREA Compliance 05/22/2015

(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.

Criminal Justice | Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Commends Texas Governor’s Decision to Comply with PREA 05/21/2015

(New York, NY, May 21, 2015) –Texas Governor Gregory Abbott has assured U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch that Texas will take steps to comply with the standards set by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

Criminal Justice | Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Responds to Proposed Change in Blood Donation Policy with Call for Real Reform 05/12/2015

(Washington, May 12, 2015) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced proposed guidelines for blood donations that change the current lifetime ban for men who have sex with men (MSM) to a one year ban.

Health Care Fairness | HIV | Transgender Rights