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Nebraska Supreme Court Hears Appeal of Meager Damages Award Against Sheriff in Brandon Teena Murder Case

(Lincoln, Nebraska, Monday, November 4, 2002) - The several-years-long battle to secure justice and accountability for the murder of Brandon Teena - a transgendered 21-year-old who was brutally raped and then killed by his rapists after law enforcement failed to intervene - reaches the Nebraska Supreme Court for the second time Tuesday, when justices will hear arguments over financial damages awarded to the victim’s mother.

Major Federal Court Ruling Protects Gay Workers from Harassment; Lambda Legal Says Decision Will Have Broad National Impact

(San Francisco, Tuesday, September 24, 2002) -- A federal appeals court today said a gay man who was harassed mercilessly by his supervisor and co-workers can sue under a federal sex discrimination law, in a decision Lambda Legal called a “solid victory” for equality in the workplace that will have broad implications.

Gay Partner of 9/11 Victim and Lambda Legal Lawyer To Attend Signing of Bill Providing Inheritance Rights to Domestic Partners

(SACRAMENTO, Sept. 10, 2002) -- A gay California man whose partner died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- and whose passionate testimony propelled legislation to provide partial inheritance rights for registered domestic partners in California -- will attend the ceremony and witness as Governor Gray Davis signs the bill into law today, according to Lambda Legal, which represents the man in his ongoing struggle for equal treatment from government compensation programs for people whose loved ones died in the attacks.

Lambda Legal Serves Supreme Court Dish for Bon Foster Dinner

(Chicago, September 10, 2002) - Gay America’s civil rights battle in the U.S. Supreme Court sets the backdrop for two nationally-known journalists who will speak at the October 25 Bon Foster dinner, a benefit for the Midwest Office of Lambda Legal, the civil rights organization announced today.

New Toolkit Tackles Homophobia in 'Abstinence-Only' Education, Equips Communities to Fight for Real Sex Ed

(NEW YORK, Monday, September 9, 2002) - Citing an increase in public school districts replacing sex education with programs that teach that sex is only acceptable for people who are heterosexual and married, Lambda Legal today released a first-of-its-kind toolkit to help youth, parents and community members make sure their local school district is teaching accurate and inclusive sex education. In the new school year, public school districts in 49 states will teach these so-called “abstinence only” programs, according to Lambda Legal.

Groundbreaking Legal Settlement is First to Recognize Constitutional Right of Gay and Lesbian Students to be Out at School & Protected From Harassment

(San Francisco, Wednesday, August 28, 2002) -A gay student who sued high school administrators in Reno, Nevada, for failing to stop anti-gay harassment today signed a settlement agreement that ends the lawsuit and offers broad new protections that will impact gay and lesbian students nationwide. The agreement is the first in the country to recognize the constitutional right of gay and lesbian youth to be open about their sexual orientation in schools and to be protected from discrimination and harassment by other students.

New NY State Law Giving Spousal Benefits To Gay Partners of 9/11 Victims Is A 'Significant Step Forward,' But Gay Families Still Unprotected in Tragedies

(New York, Wednesday, August 21, 2002) - About 20 lesbian and gay survivors whose partners died in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center will receive spousal benefits from insurance companies under a state law that takes effect this week. Advocates and victims' surviving partners praised the new law this morning but said thousands of other lesbians and gay men remain without the 'safety net' that is intended to protect all people whose committed partners die on the job.

In Far Reaching Lawsuit Settlement, Virginia Lets Lesbian Adopt D.C. Foster Child

(ARLINGTON, VA, Wednesday, August 14, 2002) -- A lesbian Episcopal priest in Northern Virginia will be able to adopt another foster child from the District of Columbia - and Virginia child placement officials will no longer bar such adoptions based on the parents’ sexual orientation - under a lawsuit settlement made public today. As a result of the settlement, lead counsel Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund today filed papers in state court to dismiss the lesbian mother’s lawsuit.

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