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Lambda Legal Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Woman Attacked at Queens Sizzler Restaurant Because of Anti-LGBT Bias 07/28/2011

(New York, July 28, 2011) — Lambda Legal filed a discrimination lawsuit today in Queens County Supreme Court against the Sizzler Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens on behalf of Liza Friedlander, who was violently attacked while trying to dine with friends at her favorite breakfast spot.

Federal Court Upholds Transgender People's Right to Access Medical Treatment in Prison 08/05/2011

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit today upheld the right of transgender people to receive medical care while they are incarcerated. The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin and Lambda Legal had challenged a Wisconsin law that prohibited prison doctors from prescribing hormone treatment or sex reassignment surgery to transgender inmates.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Criminal Justice | Health Care Fairness | Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Reaches Agreement with Short Line Bus Company on Behalf of Ari Gold After Discrimination on Bus 08/09/2011

Following Lambda Legal's demand letter to Short Line Bus Company on behalf of Ari Gold, who was harassed by a driver for holding his boyfriend's hand, Short Line Bus Company has confirmed it has appropriately disciplined the driver and pledged to conduct antidiscrimination training for all the company's drivers.

Child Welfare, Legal Advocates Support Lambda Legal's Petition for Supreme Court Review of Louisiana's Refusal to Issue Birth Certificate to Son Adopted by Two Fathers 08/11/2011

The nation's leading child welfare organizations have joined family law and constitutional scholars in support of Lambda Legal's petition for a writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of a same-sex couple seeking an accurate birth certificate for their Louisiana-born son whom they adopted in New York. The state of Louisiana has refused to issue a birth certificate listing both fathers as the boy's parents.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Teens & Young Adults
Lambda Legal Attorneys Tara Borelli and Dru Levasseur Honored by National LGBT Bar Association 08/12/2011

The National LGBT Bar Association has named Lambda Legal Staff Attorneys Tara Borelli and Dru Levasseur to its Class of 2011 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 Award.

Lambda Legal Represents Child Welfare Groups in Catholic Charities Lawsuit Against State of Illinois 08/16/2011

(Chicago, IL, August 16, 2011) - Today Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of several child welfare organizations including the Evan B. Donaldson Institute, the National Association of Social Workers and its Illinois chapter in a case brought by four Dioceses of Catholic Charities against the state of Illinois. These Dioceses seek to force the state to fund their foster care services even though they refuse to follow state law by licensing couples in civil unions as foster parents, claiming they are exempt from state nondiscrimination requirements on religious grounds.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Reaches Settlement with Philadelphia Youth Detention Facility That Tormented Transgender Girl 08/18/2011

(Philadelphia, PA August 18, 2011) - Today Lambda Legal announced the resolution of a discrimination complaint with the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) against the City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Youth Study Center (YSC) among others. Lambda Legal filed the complaint on behalf of L.P.

Teens & Young Adults
Court Rules Against Catholic Charities in Foster-Care Case 08/18/2011

In response to the court's swift decision in Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield-in-Illinois et al. v. Illinois et al, Lambda Legal's Marriage Project Director Camilla Taylor issued the following statement:

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Pleased With U.S. Step Toward Respecting Same-Sex Bi-National Couples and Families 08/24/2011

(New York, August 24, 2011) - Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would implement new procedures for assessing deportation and removal cases. The changes are designed to align immigration cases with federal immigration priorities, and are expected to result in the administrative closure of deportation and removal cases for immigrants with U.S.

Lambda Legal Statement After California Supreme Court Hearing on Prop 8 09/06/2011

(San Francisco, September 6, 2011) — Today, the California Supreme Court heard arguments as to whether the proponents of Proposition 8 have an adequate interest under California law to defend the constitutionality of such an initiative when public officials decline to appeal a judgment invalidating it. Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Legal Director Jon Davidson following today’s oral arguments: