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Lambda Legal selects cases that will have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV.

We are involved in approximately 65 open cases at a time. Below is a selection of our current active cases.

Summary Lambda Legal and co-counsel Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of three married couples against Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the City of Houston to preserve health coverage and other benefits for the same-sex spouses of city employees. These benefits are suddenly at risk after two taxpayers convinced the Texas Supreme Court that Texas cities could defy Obergefell v. Hodges -- the United States Supreme Court case that made marriage equality the law of the land -- and deny married same-sex couples the rights of marriage.
Lambda Legal filed an appeal in Fulcher v. Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, challenging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' refusal to engage in rulemaking to reconsider its ban on providing transition-related surgery to transgender veterans.
Lambda Legal client Drew Adams is a 16 year-old rising junior honors' student at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida. He is transgender, and has been living as the boy that he is since 2015. When he was a freshman, Drew was using the boys' restroom with no incidents. But after someone anonymously reported he was using the boys’ restroom, he was told he could only use the gender neutral restrooms, which separates him from his peers and treats him as unfit to share communal facilities with others.
Summary Lambda Legal filed an Amicus Brief in Zarda v. Altitude Express that rebuts the arguments against the Civil Rights Act’s coverage of sexual orientation discrimination made by four federal appellate judges this year in Lambda Legal’s cases.
Summary Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning whether the state of Arkansas can disciminate against same-sex couples when listing both spouses as parents on a birth certificate.
Lambda Legal and local counsel Dianne Ellis filed an appeal in the Mississippi Supreme Court on behalf of Christina Strickland, a non-biological lesbian mother denied legal parentage to children she and her now ex-wife planned for and raised together. “Our sons have two mothers and they deserve the right to a legal relationship with both of their parents,” said Chris Strickland. “These two precious boys are the world to me. I’m going to keep fighting to make good on my promise to love and care for them for the rest of my life.”
Lambda Legal joined a lawsuit against a Picayune, MS, funeral home for refusing to provide any service for Robert Huskey after his death, leaving his 82-year-old husband, Jack Zawadski, desperate to make other arrangements in the hours after his beloved spouse’s passing. The suit seeks damages for breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, and the intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit challenging the State of Idaho’s refusal to allow transgender people to correct the gender on their birth certificates. “Unlike nearly every other state in America, Idaho currently enforces a categorical ban against transgender people changing the gender on their birth certificates, which is an archaic policy that defies logic,” Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn said. “In fact, government officials in Idaho know this, given that they allow transgender people to change the gender on their drivers’ licenses.”
Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of three transgender Puerto Ricans and the LGBT rights organization Puerto Rico Para [email protected] to compel the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to allow transgender individuals to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates.
Lambda Legal joined Barber v. Bryant, the federal challenge to HB 1523, Mississippi’s discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation, which was brought by Mississippi civil rights attorney Robert McDuff and the Mississippi Center for Justice.
Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Jessica Hicklin, a 37-year-old transgender woman incarcerated at the Potosi Correctional Center, a facility for male inmates, in Mineral Point, Missouri.The case challenges a Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) “freeze-frame” policy that bars access to hormone therapy for inmates and others in custody if they were not receiving treatment prior to incarceration.

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