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John Ashcroft is Not Qualified to Be Attorney General

(NEW YORK, January 12, 2001) — The nation’s largest and oldest legal organization dedicated to gay civil rights issued a statement Friday opposing John Ashcroft’s nomination as United States Attorney General, pointing to the former Missouri senator’s record of bias against lesbians and gay men and the equality of many other Americans.

Damages in Boys Dont Cry Murder Argued Before Nebraska Supreme Court

(NEW YORK, January 11, 2001) - Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is urging Nebraska's highest court to hold a Richardson County sheriff more accountable for his failure to protect a rape victim, who was raped and later killed because of his gender identity. Born female and named Teena Brandon, the victim was living as a man in Falls City, Nebraska, when he was murdered at age 21.


(NEW YORK, November 27, 2000) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, with its fifth annual World AIDS Day report card, handed out dunce caps to Texas’ top health official and the New York Catholic diocese’s new bishop for their failures in responding to the AIDS epidemic.

Top grades this year went to a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, several lawmakers in California, New Jersey and New York, and activists including a crusading nun who operates the largest online database of AIDS resources.

Air Transport Association v. City and County of San Francisco

(LOS ANGELES, November 10, 2000) — Helping fend off attacks from the airline industry and a conservative Christian group, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund again stands with San Francisco in defense of the city’s landmark Equal Benefits Ordinance.

Mother Can Take Police to Court Over Son's Suicide

(NEW YORK, November 7, 2000) – A mother whose teen son committed suicide after police in Minersville, Pennsylvania, harassed him and threatened to disclose that he was gay finally can take her wrongful-death case to trial, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday.

A. Cornelius Baker to Speak at Bon Foster Memorial Lecture and Luncheon

(CHICAGO, October 17, 2000) — With a national authority on HIV and AIDS policy as keynote speaker at its Bon Foster Memorial Civil Rights Lecture, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund will focus attention on the state of AIDS prevention and discrimination protections at a critical time in public policy debate.

On Friday, October 20, A. Cornelius Baker, executive director of the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C., will deliver Lambda’s Bon Foster Memorial Civil Rights Lecture to a packed crowd at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago.

Lambda Staff Attorney Cited for Advancing Rights of People with HIV/AIDS

(CHICAGO, October 16, 2000) — For tireless advocacy on behalf of people affected by HIV and AIDS, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund attorney Heather C. Sawyer will receive a Friend for Life Award from one of the nation’s leading health centers for the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community.

On Saturday, October 21, the Howard Brown Health Center presents its Friend for Life award to honor Sawyer, a staff attorney in Lambda’s Midwest Regional Office, as one of Chicago’s top civil rights lawyers.

Washington's Highest Court to Hear Case of Man Facing Loss of Home

(LOS ANGELES, October 12, 2000) — The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a man seeking to retain his home and business following the death of his partner of nearly 30 years, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Thursday.

“This is an important case for lesbian and gay families, who deserve the same protections available to other couples when one partner dies without a legal will,” said Jennifer C. Pizer, managing attorney for Lambda’s Western Regional Office.