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Statement on Betsy DeVos's Confirmation Hearings

As Congress begins hearings on Betsy DeVos's nomination to be the U.S. Secretary of Education, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation’s leading nonprofit legal organization working for LGBT rights, provided the following statement:

"Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students contact Lambda Legal every day to seek help being safe at school. We need a Secretary of Education who will make schools safe for all students, and who won’t tolerate bullying – by peers, parents or school administrators.

Attack on Affordable Care Act: Lambda Legal Urges Action to Save Lives

The Senate prepares to defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Lambda Legal: Jeff Sessions Would Put LGBT Rights at Grave Risk if Confirmed

New York – Ahead of congressional hearings beginning on Jeff Sessions’ nomination to become U.S. Attorney General, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit legal organization working for LGBT rights, released the following statement:

“Senator Jeff Sessions has shown over and over how much he disdains LGBT people. He:

Lambda Legal Files Federal Lawsuit Against NJ Catholic Hospital that Denied Care to Transgender Man

(NEWARK, NJ, January 5, 2017) – Today Lambda Legal announced it has filed a federal lawsuit against St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Paterson, New Jersey, after the hospital refused to allow Jionni Conforti’s surgeon to perform a routine hysterectomy because Jionni is transgender.

Lambda Legal and ACLU Condemn North Carolina Lawmakers’ Failure to Repeal H.B. 2

RALEIGH –The North Carolina legislature today convened for a special session where it failed to pass a bill repealing H.B. 2, the state’s sweeping anti-LGBT law.

30-Year Sentence Thrown Out: Court Orders New Trial for HIV-Positive Man Accused Under Outdated Criminal Law

(St. Louis, December 20, 2016) — Today, the Missouri Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision and granted a new trial to Michael Johnson, an HIV-positive black gay man, who is currently serving 30 years in prison under an out-of-date law that criminalizes the sexual conduct of people living with HIV.

ACLU and Lambda Legal Comment on Expected Vote to Repeal HB2

RALEIGH – The Charlotte City Council voted today to repeal their LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in a move that could lead to the repeal of North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, H.B. 2.

Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law Reaches Fifth Circuit: Lambda Legal Joins Legal Advocates Filing Opening Briefs

(New York, NY, December 16, 2016) – Today legal advocates, now joined by Lambda Legal, are filing papers in Barber v. Bryant, the federal challenge brought by Mississippi civil rights attorney Robert McDuff and the Mississippi Center for Justice to HB 1523, Mississippi’s discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation that was enacted in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision granting marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.

Lambda Legal Echoes Call to Repeal H.B. 2 by North Carolina Governor-Elect Roy Cooper

Following Pat McCrory’s concession, yesterday North Carolina Governor-Elect Roy Cooper called upon the legislature to repeal House Bill 2, the state’s sweeping anti-LGBT measure. Lambda Legal, along with the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of North Carolina and the law firm of Jenner & Block, is challenging H.B. 2 in federal court on behalf of four LGBT North Carolinians and the ACLU of North Carolina.

Lambda Legal: Transgender Students Should Get to Use Restrooms While Case Proceeds

(Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 1, 2016) – Today Lambda Legal argued in federal district court that the Pine-Richland School District in suburban Pittsburgh should immediately suspend enforcement of a discriminatory policy that singles out transgender students and prevents them from using restrooms that match who they are. The school’s new rule – which reversed a longstanding, effective and inclusive restroom practice in the district – has sparked outrage nationwide and led three transgender students to file a lawsuit against the school district in federal court last month.

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