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Lambda Legal Announces Simone Bell as New Regional Director for Southern Regional Office 10/29/2015

(Atlanta, October 29, 2015) — Today, Lambda Legal announced that Simone Bell, former Georgia State Representative and Lambda Legal Community Educator, has returned to its Southern Regional Office in Atlanta as Regional Director.

Lambda Legal Joins Federal Lawsuit After Antigay Attack at Rikers Island 10/29/2015

(New York, October 29, 2015) — Lambda Legal has filed an amended complaint in a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of Thomas Hamm against the City of New York and New York City Department of Correction (DOC) officers and supervisors after a brutal attack on Mr. Hamm while he visited his partner, P.F., at a men’s facility on Rikers Island.

Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct
Lambda Legal Sues U.S. State Department on Behalf of Intersex Citizen Denied Passport 10/26/2015

(Denver, CO, October 26, 2015) – Lambda Legal today filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. State Department on behalf of an intersex client, Dana Zzyym, denied a U.S. passport 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 Victory! Gay Widower Wins Florida Property Tax Battle 10/22/2015

(Miami, October 22, 2015) — At a hearing today, the Miami-Dade County Office of Property Appraisal agreed to reinstate the spousal homestead protections of Lambda Legal client Hal Birchfield, a gay widower previously denied protections against certain tax increases for the home he had shared with his husband because his marriage was not recognized at the time of his husband’s death.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
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
Lambda Legal Expands Advocacy for LGBT Youth as Skadden Fellow Kara Ingelhart Joins Midwest Regional Office 10/02/2015

(October 2, 2015, Chicago, IL) – Lambda Legal is pleased to welcome 2015 Skadden fellow and former legal intern Kara Ingelhart to its Midwest Regional Office team.

Lambda Legal to Seventh Circuit: Federal Law Prohibits Discrimination Against Lesbian Instructor 09/30/2015

(Chicago, September 30, 2015) — Today, Lambda Legal urged the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling and allow Kimberly Hively to present her case alleging that Ivy Tech Community College, where she worked as an instructor for 14 years, denied her fulltime employment and promotions, and eventually terminated her employment, because she is a lesbian.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
Lambda Legal Launches “Know Your Rights” Hub for People Living With HIV 09/28/2015

(New York, NY, September 28, 2015) — Today, Lambda Legal launched the newest section of its Know Your Rights information hub. “Know Your Rights: HIV” provides information for people living with HIV people on topics such as disclosure and discrimination in housing, healthcare and employment.

Criminal Justice | Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Fair Courts Project | Health Care Fairness | HIV | Housing | Immigration
Victory! South Carolina High School Reverses Position on Lesbian Student’s Right to Wear T-Shirt 09/21/2015

(Chesnee, SC Friday, September 21, 2015) – After receiving a letter from Lambda Legal, Chesnee High School Principal Thomas Ezell agreed to allow student Brianna Popour to wear a t-shirt bearing the message “Nobody Knows I’m A Lesbian.”

Youth and Schools
Lambda Legal Asks Wisconsin Court for Swift Action in Case Seeking Accurate Birth Certificates for Same-sex Couples 09/11/2015

‘The Supreme Court settled this issue months ago. Wisconsin is out of step with the rest of the country in refusing to recognize it, putting children and their parents at risk by depriving them of the basic identity documents they need.’

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections