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LGBT Advocates Urge District Court Not to Let States Game the System

(Wichita Falls, TX – July 27, 2016) – Five leading national civil and LGBT rights organizations today filed an Amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in the multi-state lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s guidance regarding public school districts’ responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students.

Lambda Legal Urges Investigation into Sexual Assaults of Incarcerated LGBT People in Texas

(New York, NY– July 28, 2016) – Following the state of Texas’s latest assurance to the U.S. Department of Justice that it will work towards fully complying with Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in future years, Lambda Legal today sent a letter to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) PREA Ombudsman, urging investigations into several reports of sexual assault and abuse against LGBT people in Texas’s prison system.

State Department Got It Wrong in Denying Passport to Intersex Citizen, Lambda Legal Tells Court

(Denver, CO, July 20, 2016) – Lambda Legal today argued in federal district court that the U.S. State Department erred when it refused to issue a passport to Dana Zzyym, a U.S. citizen and Navy veteran who is intersex and does not identify as male or female. The State Department denied Dana’s passport application because Dana could not accurately choose either male or female on the passport application form, and the form does not provide any other gender marker designation.

Lambda Legal Applauds Cleveland City Council Vote to Strike Transgender Exclusion from Nondiscrimination Law

(Cleveland, OH, July, 13, 2016) — The Cleveland City Council tonight passed an amendment to the city nondiscrimination ordinance that strikes a provision that allowed private business owners with public accommodations to dictate which bathroom a patron could use.

U.S. Department of Defense Ends Ban on Transgender Individuals Serving in the Military

We are pleased with the Department of Defense’s decision to finally remove this unjust barrier to military service. The military is our nation's largest employer, and we are encouraged by this critical step to help end government-sanctioned employment discrimination.

Lambda Legal and ACLU Condemn Failure to Repeal H.B. 2

RALEIGH – Today, after draft legislation with proposed changes to the sweeping anti-LGBT measure, North Carolina House Bill 2, was released, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal—who are challenging House Bill 2 in federal court on behalf of six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina—released the following statement:

Lambda Legal Applauds City Council Vote to Strike ID Requirement from Chicago Human Rights Ordinance

(Chicago, IL, June 22, 2016) – Today, the Chicago City Council voted to strike a provision of the city’s Human Rights Ordinance that requires patrons to show government-issued identification upon request in order to access public facilities such as restrooms.

Lambda Legal Urges City Council to Strike ID Requirement from Chicago Human Rights Ordinance

(Chicago, IL, June 8, 2016) – Today, Christopher Clark, Counsel and Young Adults, Teens and Children Program Strategist for Lambda Legal, testified before the Chicago City Council’s Commission on Human Relations in support of an amendment striking a provision of the city’s Human Rights Ordinance that requires people to use public facilities in Chicago that match the sex marker on their government-issued identification.

LGBT Advocates Issue Revised Guidelines for Hospitals Treating Transgender Patients

(New York, NY, May 25, 2016) - Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, with pro bono assistance from Hogan Lovells US, LLP, and Proskauer Rose LLP, today released an update to their ground-breaking 2013 publication that provided guidance to hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients.

Lambda Legal Sues California Barbershop for Refusing to Serve Transgender Customer

(Los Angeles, CA, May 25, 2016) – Lambda Legal and the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson today filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court against a southern California barbershop alleging the business violated California’s civil rights laws when it denied Kendall Oliver, who is transgender, a haircut based on religious objections to serving customers who are female or perceived as female.