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Tom Warnke - Media Relations Director
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Tom Warnke covers the following regions/states:

Western Region:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

South Central Region:
Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas


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Midwest Region:
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Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer

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Southern Region:
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Headquarters Region:
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Jonathan Adams - Communications Director

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Press Releases

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New Blood Donation Policy A Step In the Right Direction But Falls Short

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced new guidelines for blood donations that change the current one-year deferral for donations from men who have sex with men (MSM) to a three-month deferral. While a step in the right direction, the new guidance falls short of what many recognize as optimal policy.

Lambda Legal: Idaho Flouts the Courts By Enacting Unconstitutional Anti-Transgender Law

(Boise, ID, March 30, 2020) – Idaho Gov. Brad Little today signed into law legislation that bans transgender people from changing the gender marker on their birth certificates, despite a federal court ruling Lambda Legal won two years ago declaring such a policy unconstitutional.

LGBTQ Advocacy Groups Sue Trump’s HHS for Refusing to Enforce Anti-Discrimination Rules, Leaving Community Especially Vulnerable Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The administration's unlawful action endangers already vulnerable populations, especially as the country confronts the coronavirus pandemic. Today’s lawsuit was filed by Democracy Forward and Lambda Legal.

Lambda Legal to Idaho Governor: Don’t Resuscitate Unconstitutional Anti-Transgender Discrimination

The Idaho Senate today approved a bill already passed by the state House of Representatives that would ban transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates despite a federal court ruling two years ago declaring such a ban unconstitutional. Lambda Legal, which brought the lawsuit that resulted in that ruling, urged Idaho Gov. Brad Little to veto the bill when it lands on his desk.

VICTORY: South Carolina Court Strikes Outdated Anti-LGBTQ Curriculum Law as Unconstitutional

CHARLESTON, SC – Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina entered a consent decree that declares South Carolina’s 1988 discriminatory anti-LGBTQ curriculum law unconstitutional and bars its enforcement. The court’s decree comes two weeks after a federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of the high school student organization Gender and Sexuality Alliance, as well as the Campaign for Southern Equality and South Carolina Equality Coalition, including their members who are public school students in South Carolina.

Victory! North Carolina’s Transgender Employees and Family Members to Have Their Day in Court

“Today we are one step closer to justice and ensuring that North Carolina stops depriving transgender employees and family members access to essential health care services.”

Victory! New York State Changes Policy to Allow Transgender Minors to Correct Birth Certificates After Lambda Legal Lawsuit

Today, New York State announced it is changing its policy prohibiting transgender minors from correcting the sex marker on their birth certificates, in a manner consistent with their gender identity. This announcement comes after Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against the state last month on behalf of a transgender boy born in Ithaca, New York.

Lambda Legal to Court: Don’t Allow Social Security to Compound the Grief of Surviving Same-Sex Spouses

(Tucson, AZ, March 6, 2020) – Lambda Legal today asked a federal court to end the U.S. Social Security Administration’s (SSA) refusal to provide monthly spousal survivor’s benefits to a 66-year-old gay man whose husband and partner of 43 years died six months after Arizona began allowing same-sex couples to marry.

VICTORY! Court Rules Alaska’s Denial of Health Care to Transgender Employee is Unlawful Discrimination

A federal district court today ruled in favor of Lambda Legal client Jennifer Fletcher and ordered that the State of Alaska’s denial of health care coverage to a legislative librarian based on its blanket exclusion of medically necessary transition-related surgical treatment from AlaskaCare, the state employee health care plan, is unlawful sex discrimination that violates federal law.

Lambda Legal to Puerto Rico: Amendments to Civil Code Violate Court Order and the Constitution

Today, Lambda Legal warned Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced that the proposed new Civil Code for the Commonwealth, which is now before the Puerto Rico Senate, is in clear contempt of a 2018 federal court order that declared unconstitutional the island’s policy prohibiting transgender Puerto Ricans from correcting their birth certificates and could expose the Puerto Rican government to sanctions and penalties.