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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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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear HIV Insurance Caps Case

(CHICAGO, January 10, 2000) — The United States Supreme Court Monday declined to review a case that seeks to clarify that the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits insurance companies from imposing disease-specific caps that limit health coverage for policyholders with HIV or other disabilities.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago said the practice, which has no basis in actuarial principles, violates the ADA and jeopardizes healthcare for many people with HIV and other illnesses.

Lambda Urges Stay of Execution for African-American Lesbian

(NEW YORK, January 10, 2001) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund on Wednesday called on Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating to stay the execution of Wanda Jean Allen, an African-American lesbian and one of several gay inmates on death row despite improprieties during their trials, including anti-gay bias.

Damages in Boys Dont Cry Murder Argued Before Nebraska Supreme Court

(NEW YORK, January 9, 2001) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is urging Nebraska’s highest court to hold a Richardson County sheriff more accountable for his failure to protect a rape victim, who was raped and later killed because of his gender identity.

Lambda Taps Children's Advocate Colleen Sullivan to Lead Foster Care Project

(NEW YORK, January 7, 2000) — Building on its pioneering work to protect lesbian and gay students in public schools, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund announced Friday that veteran child welfare advocate Colleen Sullivan will lead its nationwide effort on behalf of young people in foster care. Lambda’s new initiative addresses the needs of youth in a system notorious for abuse and neglect.

With New Year, Lambda Builds Momentum for Gay Civil Rights

(NEW YORK, December 28, 1999) —With the new year, momentum toward fairness and equality for lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV has never been greater, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said, pointing to major developments that include its unprecedented role before the United States Supreme Court.

In Dramatic First, Vermont High Court Orders State to Treat Gay & Non-gay Couples Equally

(NEW YORK, December 20, 1999) — The Vermont Supreme Court, in a unanimous first of its kind ruling Monday, ordered the state legislature to extend to lesbian and gay couples the same rights, protections, benefits and obligations available to non-gay couples through marriage, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said.

Lambda Marriage Project Director Evan Wolfson said, "This is a glorious day. Vermont's highest court has ordered an end to unequal treatment of lesbian and gay families."

Illinois Appeals Court Denies Lesbian Mother Right to Seek Visitation

(CHICAGO, December 16, 1999) — A lesbian mother faces the devastating prospect of never seeing her young daughter again because an Illinois appeals court, citing the state marriage code's silence on same-sex families, held that it could not consider her plea for visitation, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Thursday.

Drive for Freedom to Marry Not Ended By Disappointing Hawaii Ruling

(NEW YORK, December 10, 1999) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund expressed disappointment Friday that the Hawaii Supreme Court did not strike a final blow at discrimination in civil marriage because of a state constitutional amendment. At the same time, Lambda emphasized that the clock cannot be turned back on the gay civil rights struggle.

California Judge Rules Proposed Initiative is Limit on Marriages

(SACRAMENTO, December 8, 1999) --The League of Women Voters of California Wednesday praised a decision by a California judge affirming the accuracy of the name given by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer to a controversial ballot measure that would allow the state to discriminate against legal marriages of lesbians and gay men from other states.

School Board Votes Against Students' Gay-Straight Club at El Modena High

Orange, CA, December 8, 1999) -- After months of delaying students’ request to allow a Gay-Straight Alliance Club to meet at El Modena High School, the Orange Unified School Board voted 7-0 late Tuesday to deny the students their constitutional and legal rights.

The students formed the club as a way to promote understanding and respect. The school board's action has left the students with no choice but to pursue the lawsuit they filed in federal court on November 24, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and People For the American Way Foundation.