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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


Graciela Gonzalez – Senior Public Information Officer
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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 20 LGBT Organizations Oppose the Confirmation of Steven Menashi for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Lambda Legal and 20 other LGBT organizations joined a letter that was recently sent to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary urging the committee to oppose the nomination of Steven Menashi to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Historic LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Cases

(Washington, D.C., October 8, 2019) – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases of workers that were fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Lambda Legal Names Former Obama Official and GLSEN Founder Kevin Jennings as CEO

Today, Lambda Legal’s Board of Directors announced it has named Kevin Jennings, Tenement Museum President and founder of Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), as the organization’s new CEO.

Lambda Legal Urges Oregon Appellate Court to Uphold Ruling Against Anti-LGBT Bakery, Again

Lambda Legal has urged the Oregon Court of Appeals once again to affirm its 2017 opinion upholding a 2015 ruling by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) that the owners of a Portland-area bakery violated the state’s nondiscrimination statutes when they refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple because doing so violated the owners’ religious beliefs.

Lambda Legal and MMAA Urge 4th Circuit to Uphold Court Order Preventing Discharge of HIV-Positive Airmen

Today, lawyers for two active-duty Airmen who are living with HIV urged a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to uphold a preliminary injunction granted in February that prevents the Trump Administration from continuing with discharge proceedings against members of the U.S. Air Force living with HIV.

Arizona Supreme Court Grants Phoenix Stationery Shop Limited Religious License to Discriminate

(Phoenix, AZ, September 16, 2019) – The Arizona Supreme Court today issued a 4-3 decision reversing a lower court ruling that had denied a Phoenix business owners’ request that they be exempt from the City of Phoenix anti-discrimination ordinance and instead be allowed to refuse service to same-sex couples.

Same-Sex Maryland Couple Sues U.S. State Department for Treating Their Six-Month-Old Daughter as Born out of Wedlock

BALTIMORE, MD—Today, Lambda Legal, Immigration Equality, and pro bono counsel Morgan Lewis filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Maryland against the U.S. Department of State for refusing to recognize the citizenship of Kessem Kiviti, the daughter of married U.S. citizens Roee and Adiel Kiviti.

VICTORY! Transgender Ohioans to Get Their Day in Court in Lawsuit Against the State

(Columbus, OH, September 12, 2019) – A U.S. District Court judge today ruled that the lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU Ohio on behalf of four transgender plaintiffs seeking accurate birth certificates from the state of Ohio can proceed.

Lambda Legal Mourns Death of Emeritus Board Member and Champion for LGBT Rights, Michael Bauer

(Chicago, IL, August 30, 2019) – Today, Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal from 1992-2016, on the passing of Michael Bauer, who served on the board of Lambda Legal and was instrumental in the opening and establishment of Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Office in Chicago.

Lambda Legal Files Complaint Against and Calls for Disbarment of Tennessee District Attorney Craig Northcott

Northcott publicly stated that he does not file domestic assault charges if the violence occurred between same-sex spouses, does not recognize “homosexual marriage,” and would not prosecute Tennessee county clerks who deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.