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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
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 Condemns New Trump Health Care Rule Threatening LGBT People and Women

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will soon issue a new final rule protecting health care providers who refuse to treat LGBT people and women seeking reproductive health care, solely on the basis of the providers’ religious or moral objections.

Lambda Legal Seeks Relief for All Same-Sex Spouses Denied Equal Access to Social Security Survivor’s Benefits

Lambda Legal today asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona to provide relief to all surviving same-sex spouses denied equal access to social security survivor’s benefits, including through certification of a class action.

Lambda Legal: Tennessee Senate Must Reject Effort to Deny Children Loving Families

(New York, April 24, 2019) – The Tennessee State Senate is soon to vote on Tennessee SB 1304, a license-to-discriminate bill that allows taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies to reject foster or adoptive parents based upon the agency’s religious beliefs. The Senate’s consideration comes after the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved SB 1304 on a 6-2 vote. A companion bill, HB 836, was passed by the Tennessee House of Representatives earlier.

Lambda Legal Sues Tennessee Over Anti-Transgender Birth Certificate Policy

(Nashville, Tennessee –April 23, 2019) — Today Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s policy prohibiting transgender people born in Tennessee from correcting the gender marker on their birth certificates. Tennessee is one of just three remaining states, including Kansas and Ohio where Lambda Legal has similar lawsuits currently pending in federal district court, to have such a discriminatory policy.

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review in Three LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Lawsuits

(Washington, DC, April 22, 2019) —The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will review three cases that address whether discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion.

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Brought by Lesbian Teacher against Hesperia USD

(Hesperia, CA, April 18, 2019) – Lambda Legal announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with Hesperia Unified School District (HUSD) in the lawsuit brought on behalf of Julia Frost, a lesbian teacher who supported LGBTQ students as co-advisor of the students’ Gay-Straight Alliance club while teaching English at Sultana High School.

Lambda Legal Reaches Settlement on Behalf of Upstate New York Same-Sex Couple Denied Marriage License

(April 11, 2019, New York, NY) Lambda Legal reached a settlement late yesterday on behalf of a same-sex couple who was denied a marriage license in upstate New York last year by the town clerk of the Town of Root, who objected to marriage between same-sex couples on religious grounds.

VICTORY! Arizona Repeals Anti-LGBTQ Curriculum Law After Filing of Lawsuit

(Phoenix, AZ, April 11, 2019) – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey today signed into law an amendment that repeals the state’s anti-LGBTQ curriculum law that barred LGBTQ students from receiving medically accurate, age-appropriate information about non-heterosexual people in their health education classes.

Lambda Legal Applauds Passage of House Resolution Condemning Transgender Military Ban

Today, Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution rejecting President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving openly in the military.

Lambda Legal Elects New Members to Board of Directors

(New York, March 28, 2019) – Lambda Legal announced the election of three new members to serve on its Board of Directors, including: Peter T. Barbur, a litigation partner at Cravath, Swain & Moore LLP; Meg Columbia-Walsh, CEO and founder of tech company Wylei; and Michelle S. Riley, General Counsel & CCO, Americas at Bregal Investments, Inc.