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U.S. Justice Department: North Carolina’s HB 2 Violates Civil Rights Act

RALEIGH – The U.S. Department of Justice today notified North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory that HB 2, the sweeping anti-LGBT law that prevents transgender students, employees, and visitors from using restrooms that correspond to their gender identity, has placed the state in violation of Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, Title IX, and the Violence Against Women Act.

Lambda Legal Applauds New Chicago Public Schools Guidelines for Transgender Students, Staff and Adults

(Chicago, IL, May 3, 2016)—Today, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced new guidelines aimed at providing a more inclusive and welcoming environment for transgender students, employees and adults, including specific language establishing that transgender people have equal access to the facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

Lambda Legal Announces the Appointment of Rachel B. Tiven as CEO

(New York, NY) May 2, 2016 – Today, the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal – the nation's oldest legal organization fighting for equality on behalf of LGBT people and those living with HIV – announced that it has voted unanimously to appoint Rachel B. Tiven as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer. 

U.S. State Department Passport Policies “Absurd,” Lambda Legal Tells Court

“The U.S. State Department’s flimsy, after-the-fact explanations for denying Dana an accurate passport defy logic, perpetuate stigma and present Dana with an outrageous choice – lie on the passport application or never leave the country.”

Three More Plaintiffs Join Lawsuit Against North Carolina’s Discriminatory HB 2

RALEIGH – Today, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, and ACLU of North Carolina, joined by counsel from the law firm of Jenner & Block, announced they have added three new plaintiffs - a transgender student and a married lesbian couple - to the federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, HB 2.

Federal Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Student in Restroom Access Case

Richmond, Va. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today ruled in favor of transgender male student Gavin Grimm in his challenge to Gloucester High School’s discriminatory restroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers by requiring them to use “alternative, private” facilities.

Lambda Legal Urges Pine-Richland School District to Maintain Safe and Affirming Bathroom Policy

(New York, NY, April 18, 2016) — Tonight at the Pine-Richland School District school board meeting Lambda Legal attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan will stand with transgender students and their parents if recently proposed discriminatory policies are discussed.

Lambda Legal Applauds Louisiana Gov. Edwards for Banning LGBT Discrimination in State Work and Services

(Dallas, TX – April 13, 2016) – Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards today issued an executive order that extends non-discrimination protections for state workers, those who work for state contractors, and those who receive state services or benefits to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lambda Legal Responds to North Carolina Executive Order

(Raleigh, April 12, 2016) — Governor Pat McCrory issued an executive order today banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for state employees.

New Judge Strikes Down Puerto Rico Marriage Ban Hours After Lambda Legal Victory

(San Juan, PR, April 8, 2016) — Just hours after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed for the second time that Puerto Rico’s ban on marriage for LGBT people is unconstitutional and ordered the case be reassigned to a new judge, District Court Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí issued a judgment striking down that ban. Judge Gelpí applied the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted the freedom to marry to all people in the United States, after instruction from the First Circuit making clear that the decision applies to territories as it does to states.