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Tom Warnke - Media Relations Director
213-382-7600 x 247

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


Jonathan Adams - Communications Director
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Jonathan Adams covers the following regions/states:

Southern Region:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia


Amanda Remus – Senior Public Information Officer
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Amanda Remus covers the following regions/states:

Headquarters Region:
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC


Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer
212-809-8585 x 240

Samy Nemir covers the following regions/states:

Midwest Region:
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

Press Releases

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Lambda Legal Applauds as California Becomes First State to Guarantee Gender-Affirming Health Care for Transgender Foster Youth

(New York–Sept. 21, 2018) Lambda Legal today added its voice to the chorus of praise for AB 2119, which was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. His signing of the bill made California the first state in the union to explicitly guarantee gender-affirming health care for transgender youth in the state’s foster care system.

Victory! State Department Cannot Rely on its Binary-Only Gender Policy to Deny Passport to Nonbinary Intersex Citizen

From the ruling: “The authority to issue passports… does not include the authority to deny an applicant on grounds pertinent to basic identity[.]”

Lambda Legal and 60 LGBT Organizations Urge Senate to Postpone Kavanaugh Hearing and to Properly Investigate the Allegations of Sexual Assault

“We demand this nomination be halted until these serious sexual assault allegations can be properly and thoroughly investigated by both the Senate and by appropriate authorities.”

Lambda Legal Demands Senate Halt Kavanaugh Nomination Process and Asks Senators to Join the Call to Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations

(Washington, DC – Sept. 16, 2018)  Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, issued the following statement:

“Nearly twenty-seven years ago, Anita Hill was vilified for coming forward to tell her story. History must not repeat itself in 2018. Dr. Ford must be treated with the dignity and respect that was not afforded to Ms. Hill.

Court Rules Case Challenging Defense Department’s Discriminatory HIV Policies to Proceed

“We are pleased the court recognizes the importance of allowing this case to move forward, and of ensuring that outdated and irrational policies regarding people living with HIV are not allowed to stand.”

Intersex-Affirming Hospital Policy Guide Published Following First U.S. Legislative Acknowledgement of Non-consensual Surgical Procedures on Intersex People

(New York, NY) — interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Lambda Legal, and Proskauer Rose LLP have released the nation’s first intersex-affirming hospital policy guide, offering concrete steps for medical providers to provide sensitive, non-discriminatory care to intersex patients. “Intersex” describes up to 1.7% of the population born with natural variations in chromosomes, hormones, or genitalia that transcend an outdated understanding of biological sex as a male/female binary.

Lambda Legal and American Oversight Sue HHS in Quest for Kavanaugh Documents

"With a confirmation vote fast approaching, time is running out to uncover Brett Kavanaugh's track record. It's imperative that the public and members of the Senate have a full and accurate picture of Kavanaugh's work in the Bush White House, but as it stands now, Kavanaugh's record is full of glaring holes.”

VICTORY! After Antigay Attack on Visitor to Rikers Island, New York City Government and Department of Correction Pays Victim $280K

"Today’s settlement sends a strong message that prison officers are not above the law.  No one – not an inmate or a visitor – forfeits the right to safety when passing through the gates of a jail or prison.  The attack on Thomas Hamm, a private citizen, was unnecessary and brutal and the cause was anti-gay violence and discrimination.”

Lambda Legal and 18 LGBT Organizations Urge Senate to Reject Stephen Clark, Another Anti-LGBT Trump Federal Court Nominee

“Clark’s shameless reliance on junk science to advance his ideologically driven litigation indicates that, like this President, he is someone who is willing to cast aside facts when they contradict his preferred outcome. That is the last thing we need in a federal judge.”

SUED! Lambda Legal is Taking Trump to Court for Kavanaugh Documents

(Washington, DC, September 4, 2018) – As the U.S. Senate today started the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Lambda Legal and American Oversight filed a lawsuit to compel the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to immediately produce records related to Kavanaugh’s work in the George W. Bush White House. The lawsuit, filed in U.S.