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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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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

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Press Releases

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Mother Can Take Police to Court Over Son's Suicide

(NEW YORK, November 7, 2000) – A mother whose teen son committed suicide after police in Minersville, Pennsylvania, harassed him and threatened to disclose that he was gay finally can take her wrongful-death case to trial, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday.

A. Cornelius Baker to Speak at Bon Foster Memorial Lecture and Luncheon

(CHICAGO, October 17, 2000) — With a national authority on HIV and AIDS policy as keynote speaker at its Bon Foster Memorial Civil Rights Lecture, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund will focus attention on the state of AIDS prevention and discrimination protections at a critical time in public policy debate.

On Friday, October 20, A. Cornelius Baker, executive director of the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C., will deliver Lambda’s Bon Foster Memorial Civil Rights Lecture to a packed crowd at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago.

Lambda Staff Attorney Cited for Advancing Rights of People with HIV/AIDS

(CHICAGO, October 16, 2000) — For tireless advocacy on behalf of people affected by HIV and AIDS, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund attorney Heather C. Sawyer will receive a Friend for Life Award from one of the nation’s leading health centers for the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community.

On Saturday, October 21, the Howard Brown Health Center presents its Friend for Life award to honor Sawyer, a staff attorney in Lambda’s Midwest Regional Office, as one of Chicago’s top civil rights lawyers.

Washington's Highest Court to Hear Case of Man Facing Loss of Home

(LOS ANGELES, October 12, 2000) — The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a man seeking to retain his home and business following the death of his partner of nearly 30 years, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Thursday.

“This is an important case for lesbian and gay families, who deserve the same protections available to other couples when one partner dies without a legal will,” said Jennifer C. Pizer, managing attorney for Lambda’s Western Regional Office.

Mexico Travel Worries for Gay Families?

(NEW YORK, October 10, 2000) — Regina Quattrochi, Priscilla Lenes and their two children arrived at Newark International Airport, with tickets and valid proof of United States citizenship for each family member, prepared to begin a vacation in Mexico; they were not prepared for airline agents demanding permission from a non-existent father before they could board their flight.

Students and Salt Lake City School Board End Feud over Gay-Supportive Clubs

(NEW YORK, October 6, 2000) – Reversing the most extreme steps taken anywhere in the country against gay-supportive student clubs, the Salt Lake City School Board has decided to change its policy and allow the clubs to meet at schools in the Salt Lake City School District. That decision means two lawsuits on behalf of the clubs can finally be dropped, said attorneys for the students Friday.

VP Candidates Engage in Freedom-to-Marry Debate

(NEW YORK, October 6, 2000) – In a striking sign of the progress the country has made toward embracing gay people’s freedom to marry, the Republican and Democratic vice presidential candidates, during their nationally televised debate, spoke of how they themselves “wrestle with” and are “open to” questions of the legal rights due to same-sex couples.

Supreme Court to Hear Argument in Major Test for ADA

(NEW YORK, October 5, 2000) — In a case critical for people with HIV, AIDS, and other disabilities, 20 civil rights organizations urge the United States Supreme Court to uphold the Americans with Disabilities Act’s protections against discrimination by state agencies, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Thursday.

A. Cornelius Baker to Speak at Bon Foster Memorial Lecture and Luncheon

(CHICAGO, October 4, 2000) — National authority on HIV and AIDS policy A. Cornelius Baker’s upcoming Bon Foster Memorial Civil Rights Lecture on Friday, October 20 comes at a crucial time for discrimination protections in the United States, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Wednesday.

On Friday, October 20, Baker will address a packed crowd at the Palmer House Hilton, examining the difficult challenges of fighting AIDS and AIDS-related discrimination and how that discrimination affects the lesbian and gay community.

Nebraska Supreme Urged to Correct Injustice in Brandon Appeal

(NEW YORK, Monday, October 2, 2000) — A significant group of 31 civil rights and victims’ advocacy organizations are joining Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in appealing the meager amount awarded for a county sheriff’s failure to protect Brandon Teena from a brutal murder.