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Coalition to Announce Major Campaign to Win Black Support for Marriage Equality

WHO: Ken Reeves, City Councilor, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rev. Michaele Moore, God's Living Spirit Church
Donna Payne, Human Rights Campaign
Keith Boykin, Bestselling Author
Mandy Carter, Freedom To Marry Steering Committee
Alicia Heath-Toby and Saundra Toby-Heath, black lesbian couple from New Jersey
Dr. Alvin Williams and Nigel Simon, black gay couple from Washington


WHAT: Press conference to announce a nationwide African-American media campaign against the Federal Marriage Amendment

Appeals Court to Hear Womans Case Against Harrahs Casino for Sex Discrimination

(San Francisco, December 2, 2003) - A federal appeals court will hear arguments Wednesday in the case of a Reno woman who was fired from her job of 21 years as a bartender at Harrah’s Casino for not adhering to rigid sex stereotypes in the company’s new dress code. Lambda Legal, as co-counsel for the woman, is arguing that women and men should be treated equally in the workplace and that employers cannot have policies forcing employees to fit extreme gender stereotypes.

Lambda Legal's World AIDS Day Report Card Shows Some Employers, Advocates, Health Agencies Meeting Needs of People with HIV, and Others Badly Lacking

(New York, December 1, 2003) - Lambda Legal released its seventh World AIDS Day Report Card today, failing companies and agencies that discriminate while praising organizations who fight misinformation and discrimination against people with HIV and AIDS.

Pressure Builds Against Cirque du Soleil for HIV Bias, With More Protests Set in San Francisco and Orange County and National Petition Drive for World AIDS Day

(San Francisco, November 25, 2003) - Following successful protests at Cirque du Soleil shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles in recent days, Lambda Legal and local activists today announced plans for additional protests outside shows in San Francisco and Orange County to denounce Cirque for firing a gymnast because he has HIV.

In Protest Tonight of Cirque du Soleil's HIV Discrimination, Community, Lambda Legal and Fired Gymnast Speak Out

(San Francisco, November 20, 2003) - Leading advocates and community members will protest Cirque du Soleil’s HIV discrimination tonight at Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegria” outside of Pac Bell Park at 6:30 p.m. Matthew Cusick, a gay man who was illegally fired from his performance job at Cirque du Soleil because he has HIV, will attend the event and speak to the community.

Lambda Legal and National Youth Advocacy Coalition Condemn Senseless Violence Targeting Transgender Community

(New York, November 20, 2003) - On this 5th anniversary of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, Lambda Legal and National Youth Advocacy Coalition issued a statement publicly renewing their commitment to fight anti-transgender hatred and violence.


Established in 1998, the Transgender Day of Remembrance is intended to raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, while publicly mourning and honoring the lives of those who might otherwise be forgotten.

Major Athletes, Performers and AIDS Experts Join Growing Outcry Against Cirque du Soleil for HIV Discrimination; Protest Set for Tomorrow Night in San Francisco

(San Francisco, November 19, 2003) - Several high-profile athletes, performers and AIDS experts - including Olympic competitors and pioneering HIV doctors - have joined growing public protests against Cirque du Soleil for firing a gymnast because he has HIV, Lambda Legal announced today. Local and national groups will join Lambda Legal for a community action outside Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegria” performance in San Francisco tomorrow night - and in growing protests in the weeks and months ahead.

Praising Massachusetts Court Ruling Allowing Same-Sex Couples To Marry, Lambda Legal Vows To Push Forward

(New York, Tuesday, November 18, 2003) - Celebrating a historic Massachusetts high court ruling today granting gay couples full marriage rights, Lambda Legal vowed to push forward to win marriage for same-sex couples in New Jersey and other states.

Lambda Legal Appeals Medicaid Decision To Deny a Liver Transplant to a Pennsylvania Man Because He Has HIV

(Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003) - Saying that Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program may cost an Altoona man his life by refusing to cover a liver transplant because he has HIV, Lambda Legal will argue its appeal in the case at a hearing tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 19), asking the state program to reverse its denial in light of a range of scientific data and the man’s personal health history and experience.

Opposition Builds Against Cirque du Soleil for Firing Gymnast with HIV, as Growing Number of Local and National Organizations Speak Out

(San Francisco, November 16, 2003) - Leading local and national organizations are joining forces to protest Cirque du Soleil for discriminating against people with HIV, Lambda Legal said today. The groups and an increasing number of concerned individuals will join Lambda Legal for a community action outside Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegria” performance in San Francisco Thursday night - and in growing protests in the weeks and months ahead.

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