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Federal Agency Levels Most Serious Determination Against Cirque du Soleil on HIV Discrimination Charge, Lambda Legal Says 01/30/2004

Extremists Held Back in Florida with Defeat of Anti-Gay Amendment 12/23/1996

(NEW YORK, December 23, 1996) Turning back the extremist right in northern Florida, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Monday secured the final defeat of an anti-gay amendment in Alachua County.

Evan Wolfson Departs Lambda After 12 Years On Staff 03/21/2001

(NEW YORK, March 22, 2001) — Evan Wolfson, a pioneering lawyer for the nation’s leading lesbian and gay legal organization, will leave Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund to explore new strategies for securing full equality for lesbians and gay men, including the freedom to marry.

EQCA, NCLR, and Lambda Legal File Amicus Brief in California Supreme Court in Proposition 8 Challenge 05/04/2011

(San Francisco, CA, May 4, 2011) - Yesterday, Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the court brief with the California Supreme Court arguing that the proponents of Proposition 8 have no power to override the decision of elected state officials about whether to appeal a federal court decision that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. The brief explains that initiative proponents are unelected and have no right to act as representatives of the state. It also explains that regardless of how the California Supreme Court rules, the supporters of Proposition 8 have no "standing" to pursue an appeal in federal court because they are not harmed by allowing same-sex couples to marry and because their interests were limited to having the measure put to a vote.

EQCA, GSA Network File Motion to Protect Students from Discrimination, Harassment 12/22/2007

SAN DIEGO – Equality California and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network are seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by anti-gay organizations that would prevent enforcement of California statutes protecting students from discrimination, harassment and bullying in publicly funded schools.

Youth and Schools
EQCA, GSA Applaud Failure of Far-Right Signature Drive to Overturn Vital Protections for School Children 01/11/2008

(Sacramento, California, January 11, 2008) — Equality California, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and the Transgender Law Center are pleased at the failure of a signature drive by a coalition of extreme right-wing groups to overturn civil rights protections for California students.

Teens & Young Adults
Entertainment Industry Speaks Out Against Cirque du Soleils HIV Discrimination 01/20/2004

(New York, January 20, 2004) - Some of the nation’s most accomplished performers, artists and celebrities are joining a nationwide campaign against Cirque du Soleil for firing a gymnast because he has HIV, Lambda Legal announced today.

Encouraged by UPS Statement in Anti-Gay Bias Case, Lambda Legal Continues Harnessing Support for Gay Couple Forced Apart Because of Discriminatory Policy 08/26/2003

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
Employment Non-Discrimination Act Statement 04/25/2013

The bipartisan introduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) today reflects the strong national consensus that workers should be evaluated on their merits, not sexual orientation or gender identity.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
Eleventh Circuit: HIV-Positive Man Denied Job as Atlanta Police Officer Wins Day in Court 02/01/2012

(Atlanta, February 1, 2012) — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a lower court ruling and remanded the case of Lambda Legal client, Richard Roe, back to district court. Roe applied to be a police officer with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), but was denied employment because of his HIV status.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace | HIV