Lambda Legal is the leading national legal organization dedicated to achieving full civil rights for LGBT people and people with HIV. Our high-impact cases and educational programs continue to secure new and expanded legal protections and amplify our message about equality.
On September 22, 2010, the Third District Court of Appeal issued a unanimous decision declaring that Florida's law prohibiting gay men and lesbians from adopting children is unconstitutional. See [Florida Dep't of Children and Families v. In re: Matter of Adoption of X.X.G. and N.R.G. (September 22, 2010)]. The State of Florida announced that it will not appeal that decision to the Florida Supreme Court. We have received several questions about what this case means for gay men and lesbians who want to adopt.
Please take note: On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. For information about how this development may potentially affect married same-sex couples' federal taxes, click here.
As a result of vast improvements in HIV treatment, more and more people with HIV are reaching retirement
and enjoying the “golden years” that lie beyond. Sadly, however, some are facing discrimination as they seek
living arrangements and long-term care services suitable for seniors.
More than two decades have elapsed since the first HIV cases were identified in the United States, but the unfortunate reality
is that there is still stigma associated with HIV. Too often, disclosure that a person has HIV wreaks havoc on that person’s
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults have many legal rights while in the care of a nursing home in New York State, including the right to be free from discrimination, neglect and emotional and physical abuse.
Prisoners living with HIV may have trouble getting the health care they need and deserve. If untreated or
mistreated, HIV can result in serious illness or even death. To prevent these things from happening, people living
with HIV in prison should be aware of—and insist upon—their legal right to medical care.