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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


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


Graciela González - Public Information Officer
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Graciela González covers all Spanish-language media inquiries and the following region/states:

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


Ian Wilhite - Washington DC Press Secretary

Ian Wilhite covers Washington DC.

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Lambda Legal Statement Following U.S. Senate Confirmation of Supreme Court “Short-Lister” David Stras to Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

(Washington, DC, January 30, 2018) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Director of Strategy at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm David Stras to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit:

U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals Recognizes Lesbian Firefighter’s Sex Discrimination Claim Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

(Boston, MA, January 26, 2018) – The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a $700,000 jury award for Lori Franchina, a lesbian firefighter who experienced extensive unchecked harassment from her co-workers at the Providence Fire Department.

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN Ask Court to Permanently Block Transgender Military Ban

(Seattle, WA, January 25, 2018) – Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today asked a federal district court to permanently block enforcement of the Trump Administration’s plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. The motion for summary judgment filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington follows four U.S. district court rulings and two federal appellate court rulings that granted and preserved preliminary injunctions against enforcement of the ban.

Lambda Legal Statement Following Brennan’s Confirmation Hearing In Senate Judiciary Committee

(Washington, DC, January 24, 2018) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Director of Strategy at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing to confirm Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit:

Lambda Legal: Defunding Public Sector Unions Will Threaten Workplace Protections

(New York, January 19, 2018) – Lambda Legal, joined by the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National LGBTQ Task Force, and PFLAG, today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a challenge to unions’ ability to collect “fair share” fees from workers who, while not themselves part of the union, nevertheless benefit from union representation.

Lambda Legal: New Rule “Weaponizes” HHS Office of Civil Rights

(Washington, DC, January 19, 2018) – The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) today issued a rule, “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority,” one day after announcing the creation of the “Conscience and Religious Freedom” unit. Camilla Taylor, Acting Legal Director, Lambda Legal, issued the following statement:

Lambda Legal Analysis: New HHS Rule Nothing Less Than a Permission Slip to Deny Care to LGBT People

(New York, January 18, 2018) – Lambda Legal today published an analysis of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) new rule, issued earlier in the day, creating a new unit within the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) called the “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division.” The aim of the new unit is to shield from the consequences of violating anti-discrimination protections healthcare workers who refuse to perform certain procedures, such as abortion, or who refuse to treat transgender patients, or to provide other services because of moral objections. Lambda Legal’s analysis shows that the rule will almost certainly result in the denial of medical care to people and cause potentially life-threatening harm, in violation of numerous laws and regulations that prohibit such discrimination. The analysis further shows that the creation of this unit is part of a pattern of Trump administration actions stripping LGBT people of civil rights, often in the name of religious freedom.

Lambda Legal Statement Following Approval of 23 Trump Nominees During Monster Markup

(Washington, DC, January 18, 2018) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Director of Strategy at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to approve 23 nominees to the executive and judicial branch, including all of the nominees Lambda Legal opposed due to their records on civil rights and protections for the LGBT community:

Lambda Legal: Senate GOP Leaders Attempting to Jam through Anti-Civil Rights Judicial Nominees While No One is Looking

This week, under the shadow of a looming government shutdown, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on a slate of 17 of Trump’s judicial nominees, along with a number of other controversial executive branch nominees.

Lambda Legal: Trump Nominee for Top Justice Department Civil Rights Post Still Unfit for the Job

(Washington, DC, JANUARY 17, 2018) – Today, Lambda Legal is urging Republican members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to reconsider their support for Eric S. Dreiband, nominated to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Lambda Legal is also calling for new hearings for Mr.