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Kevin Cathcart, Former Lambda Legal Executive Director, Receives Top Honor from National LGBT Bar Association

(New York, NY, August 4, 2016) — The National LGBT Bar Association today named Kevin Cathcart, retired Executive Director of Lambda Legal, recipient of its 2016 Dan Bradley Award.

Court Hears Argument for Immediate Halt to N.C. Anti-LGBT Law

RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal court today heard oral argument on a motion seeking an immediate halt to provisions of North Carolina’s House Bill 2, the law that, among other things, mandates discrimination against transgender people in single-sex facilities.

LGBT Advocates Urge District Court Not to Let States Game the System

(Wichita Falls, TX – July 27, 2016) – Five leading national civil and LGBT rights organizations today filed an Amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in the multi-state lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s guidance regarding public school districts’ responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students.

Lambda Legal Urges Investigation into Sexual Assaults of Incarcerated LGBT People in Texas

(New York, NY– July 28, 2016) – Following the state of Texas’s latest assurance to the U.S. Department of Justice that it will work towards fully complying with Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in future years, Lambda Legal today sent a letter to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) PREA Ombudsman, urging investigations into several reports of sexual assault and abuse against LGBT people in Texas’s prison system.

Seventh Circuit Rules Against Lesbian Instructor Fired from Her Job

(Chicago, July 28, 2016) – Today, in a surprise decision, U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court judgment dismissing Lambda Legal client Kimberly Hively’s discrimination complaint against her former employer, Ivy Tech Community College, which denied Hively full-time employment and promotions because she is a lesbian.

Lambda Legal Sues Senior Housing Facility for Allowing Abuse of Lesbian Resident

(Chicago, IL, July 27, 2016) – Today, Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of lesbian senior, Marsha Wetzel, against Glen St. Andrew Living Community in Niles, Illinois and its administrators, claiming the facility failed to protect Marsha, a resident of the facility, from harassment, discrimination and violence she has endured at the hands of other residents because of her sex and sexual orientation.

State Department Got It Wrong in Denying Passport to Intersex Citizen, Lambda Legal Tells Court

(Denver, CO, July 20, 2016) – Lambda Legal today argued in federal district court that the U.S. State Department erred when it refused to issue a passport to Dana Zzyym, a U.S. citizen and Navy veteran who is intersex and does not identify as male or female. The State Department denied Dana’s passport application because Dana could not accurately choose either male or female on the passport application form, and the form does not provide any other gender marker designation.

Lambda Legal Applauds Cleveland City Council Vote to Strike Transgender Exclusion from Nondiscrimination Law

(Cleveland, OH, July, 13, 2016) — The Cleveland City Council tonight passed an amendment to the city nondiscrimination ordinance that strikes a provision that allowed private business owners with public accommodations to dictate which bathroom a patron could use.

Lambda Legal Mourns Vicious Attack in Dallas

(Dallas, July 8, 2016) —After the shooting deaths of Dallas Police Officers and DART officers at a peaceful protest last night, Lambda Legal issued a statement from Roger Poindexter, South Central Regional Office Director and National Board of Directors Co-chair Tracey Guyot-Wallace, both based in Dallas

Lambda Legal Condemns Police Shootings, Demands Accountability

(New York, July 7, 2016) —Today, after the deaths of two more Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, at the hands of police, Lambda Legal released the following statement from CEO Rachel B. Tiven: