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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


Graciela Gonzalez – Senior Public Information Officer
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Midwest Region:
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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

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Press Releases

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Lambda Legal Responds to Fairness for All Americans Act

Today, Lambda Legal responded to the so-called ‘Fairness for All Americans’ Act introduced by Republican lawmakers. Kevin Jennings, Lambda Legal CEO, made the following statement.

Civil Rights Groups: The “Fairness for All” Act is an Affront to Existing Civil Rights Protections, Treats LGBTQ People and Women as Second-Class Individuals

Today, national advocacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Center for American Progress (CAP), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), GLAAD, Lambda Legal, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Black Justice Coalition (BJC), National Fair Housing Alliance, National Partnership for Women and Families, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), PFLAG National and the Transgender Law Center expressed strong opposition to the so-called “Fairness For All” Act, as introduced in Congress.

Lambda Legal to Eleventh Circuit: Schools Must Provide Transgender Students Equal Restroom Access

(ATLANTA - December 5, 2019) Today, Lambda Legal asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to affirm a lower court ruling holding that a suburban Jacksonville, Florida, school district must treat transgender student Drew Adams equally by allowing him to use the restroom that matches his gender identity.

Lambda Legal Mourns Death of Former Board Treasurer and Champion for LGBT Rights, Dan Cochran

(New York, December 4, 2019) – Daniel Cochran, former Lambda Legal Board of Directors Treasurer and longtime champion for LGBT rights, passed away on Sunday, and Lambda Legal released the following statement from Lambda Legal Board Member and Out Leadership Founder and CEO, Todd Sears:

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my longtime friend, mentor, and Lambda Legal board colleague, Daniel Cochran.

Lambda Legal Joins Brief Urging U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Precedent Protecting Access to Abortion

Today, Lambda Legal joined LGBT advocacy organizations in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of June Medical Services, which is challenging Louisiana’s Act 620, an unnecessary and burdensome requirement that physicians who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital, which only serves to make it harder for patients to access abortion services.

Lambda Legal Denounces the Advancement of Lawrence Van Dyke’s Nomination

Following the Senate Judiciary’s Committee’s party-line vote to advance the judicial nomination of Lawrence VanDyke to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Sasha J. Buchert issued the following statement.

Lambda Legal to Court: Don’t Allow Social Security to Extend the Harms of Invalidated Marriage Bans

Lambda Legal today asked a federal court to end the U.S. Social Security Administration’s (SSA) categorical refusal to provide spousal survivor’s benefits to a 64-year-old lesbian whose partner of 27 years died before same-sex couples in the State of Washington were able to marry.

Lambda Legal Announces Michael D. Shutt as New Director of Southern Regional Office in Atlanta

Lambda Legal announced today that Michael D. Shutt, formerly Senior Director for Campus Life at Emory niversity and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Georgia, will join the nation’s leading LGBTQ legal rights organization as director of Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office, based in Atlanta.

VICTORY! Third Judge Vacates HHS Denial of Care Rule

Today, U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California William Alsup struck down the Denial of Care Rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), becoming the third judge in two weeks to vacate the rule, recognizing the rule’s discriminatory and unconstitutional scope. Judge Alsup’s ruling came in the lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the County of Santa Clara.

Lambda Legal Decries Steven Menashi’s Confirmation to Lifetime Judicial Appointment

In response to the Republican-led Senate’s confirmation of Steven Menashi to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Sasha J. Buchert, Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement.