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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.

In Damage Control Attempts Amid Growing Public Concern About HIV Bias, Cirque du Soleil Admits Firing Gymnast Because He Has HIV, But Says That's Not "Discrimination"

(San Francisco, November 13, 2003) - One week after Lambda Legal and community activists launched protests against Cirque du Soleil for discriminating against people with HIV, the company has started sending a six-paragraph letter to members of the public - admitting that it fired a gymnast solely because he has HIV, but claiming that such action is not “discrimination.”

Lambda Legal and Communities Launch Protests Against Cirque du Soleil for HIV Discrimination, Starting with "Alegria" Show that Opens Tonight in San Francisco

(San Francisco, November 6, 2003) - As Cirque du Soleil opens its “Alegria” show in San Francisco tonight, Lambda Legal and community leaders announced protests against the company for discriminating against people with HIV.

In a First-of-Its-Kind Example, Lambda Legal Announces Settlement Agreement that Lays Groundwork for Civil Rights Safeguards in Public Funding of Faith Based Organizations

(Washington, DC, November 5, 2003) - As the nation debates the new wave of government funding of faith-based social services, Lambda Legal today announced a lawsuit settlement requiring civil rights safeguards when faith-based organizations receive taxpayer dollars to provide social services.

The terms of the settlement dictate that faith-based organizations providing publicly funded child welfare social services in Georgia must do so without infringing on the rights of employees, taxpayers, recipients of services or religious groups.

Lower-Court Loss in Lawsuit Seeking Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in New Jersey 'Propels Us Forward' To Higher Courts Where Case Will Be Decided, Lambda Legal Says

(Trenton, NJ, November 5, 2003) - Lambda Legal said today that a trial-level state court ruling against legalizing marriage for same-sex couples in New Jersey moves the case forward toward the state’s Supreme Court.

Armed with U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Sodomy Laws Nationwide, Today Lambda Legal Helps Defend Virginia Man Against Rogue Sodomy Prosecution

(Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 29, 2003) - At a hearing in Virginia state court today, Lambda Legal will help defend a man who is charged with solicitation of sodomy despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last summer that clearly struck down all remaining sodomy laws in the nation.

Lambda Legal Files Discrimination Complaint on Behalf of Second Man Denied Foreign Service Job by U.S. State Department Because He Has HIV

(Washington, D.C., October 29, 2003) - Lambda Legal today filed a discrimination complaint on behalf of a second applicant who was rejected for a Foreign Service job by the U.S. State Department because he has HIV. The State Department is due to respond next week to a federal lawsuit Lambda Legal filed in early September on behalf of another applicant challenging the government’s policy of prohibiting anyone with HIV from being hired as a Foreign Service officer, regardless of the applicant’s qualifications or health status.

At Town Hall Meeting October 28, Community Will Hear Gay Students Experience at Lubbock High School and Discuss the Need for a Gay Straight Student Group

(Lubbock, Texas, October 20, 2003) - Lambda Legal and the Lubbock chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will host a community town hall meeting Tuesday, October 28 about the need for and importance of a Gay Straight Alliance student club at Lubbock High School.

Lambda Legal Urges Arizona Supreme Court To Uphold Governor's Executive Order Barring Anti-Gay Discrimination Against State Employees

(Phoenix, October 17, 2003) - In an important case for lesbian, gay and bisexual Arizona state employees, Lambda Legal today urged the state Supreme Court to uphold Gov. Janet Napolitano’s executive order that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation against state employees.

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