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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


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Ian Wilhite - Washington DC Press Secretary

Ian Wilhite covers Washington DC.


Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer
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Midwest Region:
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Landmark San Francisco Benefits Requirement for City Contractors Upheld

(LOS ANGELES, May 27, 1999) ˜ The City of San Francisco's pioneering domestic partnership law cleared two big legal hurdles Thursday with a federal court defeat of challenges by the airline industry and a fundamentalist Christian-backed contractor, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

High Court Rules that Schools Cannot Ignore Sexual Harassment Among Students

(NEW YORK, May 24, 1999) -— The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that schools that willfully ignore sexual harassment of one student by another can be held liable for violating federal civil rights law. Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund praised the 5-4 decision, noting that abuse of lesbian and gay students often involves sexual harassment from their peers.

Workers Do Not Forfeit ADA Protections by Seeking Disability Benefits

(NEW YORK, May 24, 1999) -- The United States Supreme Court, in the first of several decisions this term affecting people with HIV and AIDS, ruled unanimously Monday that workers with disabilities do not automatically lose employment discrimination protections if they apply for Social Security disability benefits.

Lambda Helps Bring a Personal Angle to Domestic Partner Lawsuit

(ATLANTA, May 13, 1999) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund has asked a Georgia judge to allow an Atlanta Councilmember to join the fight against the State Insurance Commissioner's ban on insurance companies' selling policies with domestic partner health coverage.

Challenge to Arkansas Sodomy Law Reaches States Highest Court

(NEW YORK, May 10, 1999) -- As sodomy laws topple state by state, the Arkansas Supreme Court will hear a case challenging a ban against the private, consensual sexual activities of lesbians and gay men, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Friday.

On Thursday, May 13, Lambda Senior Staff Attorney Suzanne B. Goldberg, on behalf of six lesbian and gay Arkansans challenging the sodomy law, will urge the Arkansas Supreme Court to reject efforts to have the case, Bryant v. Picado, thrown out of court.

Illinois Appeals Court Gets Its First Visitation Dispute Between Two Mothers

(CHICAGO, May 7, 1999) — An increasingly common type of family dispute will reach an Illinois appeals court with a visitation case concerning same-sex parents and the five-year-old girl they raised together until they broke up, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Florida Appeals Court To Hear Visitation Dispute Between Same-Sex Parents

(ATLANTA, May 7, 1999) -- An increasingly common type of family dispute will reach a Florida appeals court with a visitation case concerning same-sex parents and the four-year-old girl they raised together until their relationship ended, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

L.A. Domestic Partner Registry Opens Thursday, May 6

(LOS ANGELES, May 4, 1999) -- The first couples to be recognized as domestic partners by Los Angeles County will celebrate with other supporters of the newly created County registry, as unmarried couples line up to register on Thursday, May 6.

Sharing a 'Just Registered' cake at the ribbon-festooned festivities, several couples also will take part in a news conference Thursday hosted by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, joined by L.A. City Councilmember Jackie Goldberg.

Groups Issue Standards for Custody Disputes in Same-Sex Relationships

(NEW YORK, May 3, 1999) -- Hoping to help their communities avert a crisis, an ad-hoc alliance of LGBT legal and family-oriented organizations today launched an effort to provide guidelines for handling child custody matters when families break apart.

The recommended standards are contained in a publication entitled "Protecting Families: Standards for Child Custody Disputes in Same-Sex Relationships." The groups hope to see this widely circulated and followed by families in crisis and those who work with them.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Three ADA Cases in Two Days, Testing Federal Civil Rights Protections for People with HIV

(NEW YORK, April 20, 1999) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday that upcoming hearings in three cases before the United States Supreme Court are major tests of federal civil rights protections provided people with HIV and AIDS.