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Since the 1970s, Lambda Legal has made history through winning legal victories that allowed LGBT people and people with HIV to live their lives with greater dignity, safety and equality under the law.

The cases below offer a broad overview of legal matters Lambda Legal has pursued on behalf of LGBT people and people living with HIV during the most recent decades of our nearly 40-year history.

Case brought against the city of Atlanta, the chief of police and individual officers for illegally searching, detaining and harassing staff and patrons of a gay bar.
Case defending California's antidiscrimination protections for students and hate crimes laws
Pioneering case arguing the reinstatement of Army and National Guard veteran after she was discharged because of her sexual orientation
Lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, HB 2.
Adoption and parenting case in which Catholic Charities sued Illinois to force the state to renew a contract for foster care services while excluding couples in civil unions from being eligible foster parents.
Case on behalf of Central Alabama Pride, a gay group that was denied its free speech rights when the Birmingham mayor refused to provide city resources to support for gay pride based on his religious beliefs.
Case representing a lesbian couple denied accommodation at a Hawai'i commercial business establishment.
Lawsuit brought by an antigay legal group attempting to strip away the City of Cleveland's newly enacted domestic partnership registry for same-sex couples and their families.
Amicus brief in support of University of California Hastings Law School policy requiring publicly funded student groups to accept "all comers."
Amicus brief in support of challenge to Arkansas' Act 1, which prohibits unmarried individuals living with a sexual partner from adopting or fostering children.
Groundbreaking case arguing for the right of students to form a gay-straight alliance and to become a recognized student club

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