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Tom Warnke - Media Relations Director
213-382-7600 x 247
twarnke@lambdalegal.org

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
ggonzalez@lambdalegal.org

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
snemir@lambdalegal.org

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
jadams@lambdalegal.org

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Victory! Court Rules State Department Violated Law in Denying Passport to Married Same-Sex Couple’s Daughter

(ATLANTA, GA -- August 27, 2020) — A federal court in Georgia today ordered the Trump Administration to recognize the U.S. citizenship since birth of Simone Mize-Gregg, the two-year-old daughter of a married same-sex couple, and to issue her a U.S. passport. The U.S. State Department had refused to recognize Simone as a U.S. citizen, even though both of her parents, Derek Mize and Jonathan Gregg, are U.S. citizens and children born abroad to heterosexual married U.S. citizens are automatically considered U.S. citizens themselves.

National, State, and Local LGBTQ, Civil Rights, and Community Organizations Call on U.S. Senate to Reconvene to Pass Delivering for America Act

WASHINGTON — Today, 87 national, state, and local LGBTQ, civil rights, and community organizations urged the U.S. Senate to reconvene and move quickly to pass the Delivering for America Act, legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in a bipartisan vote that would protect and strengthen the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

Lambda Legal and Human Rights Campaign Send Letter Urging Protection and Strengthening of the United States Postal Service

WASHINGTON — Today, Lambda Legal and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — two of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organizations — sent a letter to Congress urging passage of the Delivering for America Act, which will protect and strengthen the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Lambda Legal Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Ruling Protecting LGBTQ Foster Youth and Parents

(Washington, DC, August 20, 2020) – Today, Lambda Legal submitted a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of itself and 26 local, state, and national organizations that serve LGBTQ youth urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold an appellate court ruling denying Catholic Social Services’ (“CSS”) request that Philadelphia be ordered to contract with CSS for foster parent licensing and recruitment while allowing CSS to refuse to license same-sex couples to foster children who can’t safely return to their own homes.

Religious Exemptions in Child Welfare System Would Harm Millions of Children

(August 18, 2020) — Today the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) released The High Stakes in the Fulton Case: Undermining the Vital Role of Child Welfare Laws & Regulations in Protecting America’s Children. This report highlights what is at stake in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this fall related to taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies.

Lambda Legal Names Sherise Bright as Chief Communications Officer

(New York, August 17, 2020) – Today, Lambda Legal announced it has named Sherise Bright as the organization's next Chief Communications Officer. 

"We are thrilled to have Sherise join our team as our next Chief Communications Officer. Having worked as an advocate in the LGBTQ movement, an executive in corporations, and a publicist in Hollywood—Sherise has all the experience to help chart Lambda Legal's work in the 'court of public opinion,' which is just as vital as our work in the court of law," said Kevin Jennings, Lambda Legal CEO.

U.S. State Department Appeals Federal Court’s Decision Recognizing Child of Same-Sex Couple’s Citizenship from Birth

Richmond, VA – On Friday, the U.S. State Department appealed the June 17th decision of a Maryland federal district court that recognized the birthright citizenship of Kessem Kiviti, the child of married U.S. citizens, Roee and Adiel Kiviti.

Federal Trial Court Issues Injunction Against Anti-LGBTQ Provisions of HHS’ Health Care Discrimination Rule

(New York, NY, August 17, 2020) – Today, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued an injunction in Walker v. Azar, one of the various challenges to the Trump administration’s health care discrimination rule, which is scheduled to go into effect Tuesday, August 18, 2020. 

VICTORY! Court Confirms Idaho Anti-Transgender Birth Certificate Law Violates Ruling

(Boise, ID, August 7, 2020) – The federal district court in Idaho today slapped down an effort by the Idaho legislature and Idaho Gov. Brad Little to resuscitate a ban preventing transgender people born in Idaho from changing the gender marker on their birth certificates to match their gender identity. In so doing, the judge held that Idaho state officials’ enforcement of House Bill 509 is currently in violation of the court’s permanent injunction issued in 2018 that declared any such ban unconstitutional and blocked its enforcement.

Victory! Federal Court Rules Florida School Must Treat Transgender Students Equally Including Access to Restrooms

Text.(ATLANTA – August 7, 2020) Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling that required a suburban Jacksonville, Florida, school district to treat transgender student Drew Adams equally by allowing equal access to the restroom that matches his gender. Drew Adams’ case was the country’s first trial involving a transgender student’s equal access to restrooms.

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