(Miami) – Today, Lambda Legal filed a federal class action lawsuit in the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee Division on behalf Hal Birchfield and Paul Mocko, two gay widowers, and other Florida same-sex spouses in similar situations, who are seeking accurate death certificates for their deceased spouses that acknowledge they were married and recognize them as the surviving spouses.
(Washington) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced new guidelines for blood donations that change the current lifetime ban for men who have sex with men (MSM) to a one-year ban. The guidelines also make clear that transgender individuals may self-report their gender for purposes of applying the MSM policy.
(December 18, 2015, New York, NY) – Lambda Legal today submitted comments and suggested changes to New York State’s Division of Human Rights regarding a proposed gender identity nondiscrimination rule, under New York’s Human Rights Law.
(Raleigh, NC December 10, 2015) – Today, Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina on behalf Melissa and Meredith Weiss, a married lesbian couple, seeking birth certificates listing both mothers as parents of their two sons.
(New York, NY, December 1, 2015) — Today, in recognition of World AIDS Day 2015, Lambda Legal announced it has launched a Spanish-language version of its latest addition to the Lambda Legal “Know Your Rights” mobile-friendly information hub: “Know Your Rights: HIV.”
(Chicago, November 25, 2015) —Yesterday, the city of Chicago was left reeling after the release of a brutally violent video showing the killing of Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old Black teenager who was shot 16 times by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. Van Dyke was charged with First Degree Murder yesterday after a Cook County judge ordered the release of a Chicago Police Department dashcam video showing the shooting. Lambda Legal released the following statement from Executive Director Kevin Cathcart:
(Los Angeles–November 24, 2015) – Lambda Legal is proud to announce that Lambda Legal Community Educator and filmmaker, Marco Castro-Bojorquez was honored as a Champion of Change at a White House event on November 23 that was held to recognize individuals using art to make a difference in the lives of LGBT people.
(November 19, 2015,) – Last night, the Northwestern Lehigh school board in New Tripoli, PA announced that it would continue its current practice to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and single-sex facilities that match their gender identity. The Board explicitly rejected efforts by the anti-LGBT Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to implement policies that would discriminate against transgender students.
(Chicago, IL, November 19, 2015) — Today, Lambda Legal settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of two gay men who were unlawfully forced to exit a taxi after they exchanged a brief kiss. As part of the voluntary settlement, the driver of the taxi has apologized to the men and has agreed to make a donation to a local LGBT-focused charity, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.