Cases

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Know the laws in your state that protect LGBT people and people living with HIV.

Docket (Open Cases)

In 2015, Lambda Legal and Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service filed a lawsuit on behalf of Mr. Dorn for declaratory relief, injunctive relief and money damages. The lawsuit was filed as a result of Mr. Dorn being disciplined far more severely than another prisoner based solely on his HIV status under a MDOC policy directive. After Mr. Dorn and another man were accused of engaging in consensual sexual activity, Mr. Dorn was immediately taken from the lowest-level security prison to the highest and placed in solitary confinement for over 21 months, whereas the HIV-negative prisoner was given only a 30-day loss of privileges.
Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit challenging Kansas’ refusal to correct the gender marker on birth certificates for transgender individuals. Kansas is one of just three states, along with Tennessee and Ohio, that has yet to change this extremely regressive and outdated policy.

Recent Victories

The trial court issued a mutual restraining order against Appellant Maria C. without properly applying section 6305 of the California Family Code, which requires a trial court to make detailed factual findings that each party acted as a primary aggressor and not primarily in self-defense in order to issue mutual domestic violence restraining orders (“DVRO”).
Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against Oswego County and the Oswego County Department of Social Services (DSS) on behalf of Sean Simonson, a retired transgender county employee.

Landmark Cases

In groundbreaking 8-3 decision, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates federal civil rights law. This came after Lambda Legal urged the Court to reverse a lower court ruling and allow Kimberly Hively to present her case alleging that Ivy Tech Community College, where she worked as an instructor for 14 years, denied her fulltime employment and promotions and eventually terminated her employment because she is a lesbian.
The landmark case that helped bring equal marriage nationwide.

Selected Cases

In 2015, Lambda Legal and Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service filed a lawsuit on behalf of Mr. Dorn for declaratory relief, injunctive relief and money damages. The lawsuit was filed as a result of Mr. Dorn being disciplined far more severely than another prisoner based solely on his HIV status under a MDOC policy directive. After Mr. Dorn and another man were accused of engaging in consensual sexual activity, Mr. Dorn was immediately taken from the lowest-level security prison to the highest and placed in solitary confinement for over 21 months, whereas the HIV-negative prisoner was given only a 30-day loss of privileges.
Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit challenging Kansas’ refusal to correct the gender marker on birth certificates for transgender individuals. Kansas is one of just three states, along with Tennessee and Ohio, that has yet to change this extremely regressive and outdated policy.