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Federal Court Continues Reprieve for Family Health Coverage for Gay and Lesbian Arizona State Employees 09/06/2011

(San Francisco, September 6, 2011)—The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld an injunction that temporarily maintains family health coverage for gay and lesbian employees of the State of Arizona until a court issues a final decision in the case.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Health Care Fairness | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Represents HIV-Positive Man Denied Job as Atlanta Police Officer 09/07/2011

Lambda Legal completed briefing in its appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a 39-year-old man who applied to be a police officer with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), but was denied employment because of his HIV status.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace | HIV
Lambda Legal Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Tarrant County College Administrators on Behalf of Lesbian Teacher 09/07/2011

(Fort Worth, TX, September 7, 2011) – Lambda Legal today filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas claiming Tarrant County College officials violated the U.S. Constitution by preventing a qualified candidate from interviewing for full-time teaching positions because of their belief that she is a lesbian.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
Lambda Legal Decries DOMA Defenders' Refusal to Allow Taping of Court Hearing 09/12/2011

Lawyers for the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives (BLAG) informed U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White that they "prefer not" to participate in a pilot project to video-tape oral arguments at an October 21, 2011 hearing in Golinski v OPM, a federal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Health Care Fairness | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Idaho School District's Proposed School Club Policy Still Harmful to LGBT Students 09/13/2011

(Los Angeles, September 13, 2011) - After receiving a letter from Lambda Legal and the Idaho Safe Schools Coalition, Joint School District No. 2 in Meridian, Idaho has amended a policy regarding student clubs, but the revised policy still harms lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and violates their rights.

Youth and Schools | Teens & Young Adults
Lambda Legal Celebrates the End of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' 09/20/2011

(New York, September 20, 2011) - Today marks the end of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) - a discriminatory policy that banned gay, lesbian, and bisexual soldiers from serving their country openly. DADT ruined thousands of careers, and the frequency of discharges disproportionately affected women of color.

Lambda Legal Receives Forum for Equality's First Justice Acclaim Award 09/20/2011

(New Orleans, La., September 20, 2011) - Forum for Equality Louisiana has named Lambda Legal as the first recipient of its Justice Acclaim Award in recognition of Lambda Legal’s work on the case of the gay couple seeking a Louisiana birth certificate for their Louisiana-born adopted son.

Positive Justice Project Members Endorse REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act 09/23/2011

Members of the Positive Justice Project, a national coalition dedicated to ending the targeting of people with HIV for unreasonable criminal prosecution, voiced their support for the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act that Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced today.

Lambda Legal Disappointed by Decision to Vacate Ruling Finding DADT Unconstitutional 09/29/2011

Jon Davidson, Legal Director at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement regarding today's decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacating an earlier U.S. District Court ruling declaring "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) unconstitutional.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Military
Lambda Legal and Legal Services NYC Issue FAQ on the Marriage Equality Act for Low-Income New Yorkers 10/05/2011

(New York, October 5, 2011) - Today, Lambda Legal and Legal Services NYC (LS-NYC) released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) guide entitled New York State Marriage Equality Act: Frequently Asked Questions for Couples and Families with Low or No Income for same-sex couples who are or plan to get married in New York. This series of factsheets explains how marriage equality may impact immigration status, parent-child relationships, public assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, housing, consumer issues, Social Security benefits, and New York state income taxes. Lambda Legal and LS-NYC are hosting a community training on these issues on Thursday, October 13 at 9:30AM (at LS-NYC, 40 Worth Street, NYC).