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White House Hosts Historic Meeting on LGBTQ People and People Living with HIV in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

September 20, 2016 (Washington, DC) — Today the White House hosted 150 formerly incarcerated LGBTQ people, policymakers & advocates to discuss unique challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the criminal legal system.

Lambda Legal Celebrates Annual Atlanta Reception

(Atlanta, September 19, 2016) —Yesterday, Lambda Legal hosted its annual Atlanta reception at the Wimbish House where new CEO Rachel B. Tiven was the featured speaker. At the event, Lambda Legal announced that the estate of Atlanta philanthropist Loyd Clifton Lietch had bequeathed $250,000 to the organization.

Lambda Legal and ACLU Statement on H.B. 2 Developments

CHARLOTTE – The ACLU and Lambda Legal today called on Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina legislative leaders to stop playing games and repeal H.B. 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from appropriate restrooms and prohibits local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people.

Victory! Wisconsin Court Orders Accurate Birth Certificates for Children of Same-Sex Spouses

(Madison, WI, September 14, 2016) – Today, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled that the state of Wisconsin must issue accurate birth certificates listing both parents for the children of married same-sex couples, including the son of Lambda Legal clients Chelsea and Jessamy Torres, a married lesbian couple.

Lambda Legal Condemns Suburban Pittsburgh School District Vote to Discriminate Against Transgender Students

(New York, September 13, 2016) — Lambda Legal today condemned last night’s 5-4 vote by the Pine-Richland School District school board in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to implement a new policy on restroom and locker room access that singles out transgender students for discriminatory treatment.

Lambda Legal Urges Georgia Appeals Court to Grant Name Change for Second Transgender Man

(Atlanta, September 8, 2016) — Lambda Legal filed a brief today in the Georgia Court of Appeals on behalf of Andrew Baumert, a transgender man whose petition to legally change his name was denied by the same trial court that denied Rowan Feldhaus’s name change in June. Lambda Legal is handling both appeals.

Victory! New York High Court Rules Non-Biological Parents Can Seek Custody and Visitation

(New York, August 30, 2016) — Today the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that non-biological, non-married, non-adoptive parents can seek custody and visitation of children who were born into their relationships with the consent of the child’s biological parent

ACLU, Lambda Legal Seek Greater Relief for Transgender North Carolinians Harmed by H.B. 2

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – LGBT rights groups challenging North Carolina’s House Bill 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from restrooms that match their gender, today announced they will appeal part of a Friday district court ruling in order to seek broader relief for all transgender people in North Carolina before the case heads to a full trial.

Lambda Legal Seeks Rehearing by Full Seventh Circuit Court in Ivy Tech Employment Discrimination Case

(Chicago, IL, August 25, 2016) – Today, Lambda Legal filed a petition seeking a rehearing by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of Kimberly Hively, an instructor who was repeatedly denied promotions, full-time employment and ultimately fired from Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana because she is a lesbian.

Federal Court Blocks North Carolina From Enforcing Anti-Transgender Law, H.B. 2, Against Transgender Plaintiffs While Lawsuit Proceeds

RALEIGH, N.C. —A federal court today granted a request to stop the University of North Carolina from enforcing H.B. 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from restrooms that match their gender identity, against three transgender individuals who are challenging the law in court. In granting the preliminary injunction, the court found that the challengers are likely to succeed in their argument that the law violates Title IX.