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Southern California Outcry Against Cirque du Soleil for HIV Discrimination Mounts, as Groups Join Protest Set for Jan. 22 and L.A. City Attorney Speaks Out

(Los Angeles, January 15, 2004) -Cirque du Soleil, which is set to open a month-long show in Orange County tomorrow night, is under increasing fire in Southern California for HIV discrimination, with several leading local groups joining an ongoing campaign against the company, a protest set for Jan. 22 outside the Cost Mesa show and the Los Angeles City Attorney speaking out directly to Cirque’s founder and CEO, Lambda Legal said today.

Lambda Legal Launches New Child Custody Resources for Married Parents Who Divorce When One Comes Out as Gay or Lesbian

(New York, Monday, January 12, 2004) - In two new publications released today, Lambda Legal provides guidance in resolving child custody and visitation issues that emerge when a couple divorces because one parent is gay.

One publication is geared toward the gay or lesbian parent, and the other is aimed at the heterosexual spouse.

Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction in Lawsuit Challenging California Domestic Partnership Law AB 205

(Sacramento, December 18, 2003) - Today, a Sacramento Superior Court refused to stand in the way of a new state law that offers same-sex couples legal protections and imposes many responsibilities to each other. Judge Thomas M. Cecil denied requests by Senator Pete Knight and Randy Thomasson of Campaign for California Families to issue a preliminary injunction, which would prevent the state from putting the law into effect.

In Response to City Investigation, Cirque du Soleil Says It Will Hire People with HIV as Dishwashers and Ushers, but not for Coveted Performer Positions

(San Francisco, December 17, 2003) — After publicly admitting for months that it fired a top-notch gymnast solely because he has HIV, Cirque du Soleil told the San Francisco Human Rights Commission that some positions that don't involve bodily contact are suitable for people with HIV – such as dishwashers, food and beverage staff, office assistants, prep cooks, ushers and merchandise “hawkers.”

Gary Buseck, Leader of New England Group that Won Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Massachusetts, Tapped as Legal Director at Lambda Legal

(New York, December 17, 2003) — Lambda Legal today announced that Gary Buseck has been hired as its Legal Director following a nationwide search over the last several months. Buseck currently serves as Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, the New England legal organization that recently won a groundbreaking lawsuit on behalf of same-sex couples in Massachusetts seeking full marriage rights.

Lambda Legal Wins Judgment Ordering Medicaid to Approve Liver Transplant for Man with HIV

(Pittsburgh, Wednesday, December 10, 2003) - In a decision made public today, a judge ordered Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program to approve a life-saving liver transplant for an HIV-positive man with advanced hepatitis.

Black Coalition Announces Major New Campaign to Win Black Support for Gay Marriage

WASHINGTON -- The National Black Justice Coalition today announced a nationwide campaign to generate black support for same-sex marriage and to fight against the recently proposed Federal Marriage Amendment.

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.