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Media Contacts

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


Graciela Gonzalez – Senior Public Information Officer
312-663-4413 x329

Graciela covers the following regions/states:

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


Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer

212-809-8585 x 240

Samy Nemir covers the following regions/states:

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

Headquarters Region:
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC


Jonathan Adams - Communications Director

212-809-8585 x267

Press Releases

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Lambda Legal and Americans United Reject Government Attempt to Duck LGBT Nondiscrimination Obligations

“This proposal doubles down on the discrimination and harm caused when the federal government first sanctioned and enabled USCCB’s refusal to allow Fatma and Bryn to apply to foster a refugee child…”

Lambda Legal Commends IOC for Reaffirming Its Commitment to Fairness and Inclusion in Athletics

“[F]or the IOC to issue a framework that explicitly rejects the categorical ban on transgender athletes from elite level competition should send a clear message to all.”

Lambda Legal Sues North Carolina to End Birth Certificate Discrimination for Transgender People

Today, Lambda Legal, alongside the firms Baker Botts LLP and Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, filed a federal lawsuitchallenging the State of North Carolina’s discriminatory policy requiring transgender people to have undergone “sex reassignment surgery” in order for them to obtain an accurate birth certificate reflecting who they are. 

Civil Rights Advocates Bring Federal Court Challenge to Tennessee Law Banning Trans Students in School Sports

“Luc just wants to play golf with other boys, to be part of the team, and to improve his game. Like all kids, he just wants to play.”

Victory! Lambda Legal Secures Social Security Survivor's Benefits for Same-Sex Partners

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Social Security Administration (SSA) dismissed their Ninth Circuit appeals of two nationwide class actions won by Lambda Legal in favor of surviving same-sex spouses and partners denied equal access to social security survivor’s benefits. This development affects individuals who were unable to meet the requirement for survivor’s benefits that they be married for a minimum of nine months because of discriminatory marriage laws.

Lambda Legal Applauds Confirmation of First Openly Lesbian Judge to Federal Appeals Court

Today, the Senate voted 51-45 to confirm Beth Robinson to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Robinson, who was previously an associate judge on the Vermont Supreme Court, is the first openly lesbian woman to serve on a U.S. Court of Appeals.

Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director for Lambda Legal, Sharon McGowan, issued the following statement:

Lambda Legal Client Dana Zzyym Receives First U.S. 'X' Passport

“It took six years, but to have an accurate passport, one that doesn’t force me to identify as male or female but recognizes I am neither, is liberating.”

Billie Jean King, Megan Rapinoe, Layshia Clarendon, and Brianna Turner join more than 150 Athletes and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association in Supporting Trans Youth Participation in Sports

"There is no place in any sport for discrimination of any kind…The global athletic community grows stronger when we welcome and champion all athletes – including LGBTQI+ athletes.”

Lambda Legal Mourns the Passing of Board Member and LGBT Advocate Suzanne Thomas

On Sunday, Lambda Legal emeritus board member Suzanne Thomas passed away.

Kevin Jennings, Lambda Legal CEO, made the following statement:

"Lambda Legal is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Lambda Legal emeritus board member Suzanne Thomas, a dedicated Seattle LGBT advocate and longtime Lambda Legal donor.