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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


Jonathan Adams - Communications Director
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Jonathan Adams covers the following regions/states:

Southern Region:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia


Graciela González - Public Information Officer
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Graciela González covers all Spanish-language media inquiries and the following region/states:

Midwestern Region:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin


Ian Wilhite - Washington DC Press Secretary

Ian Wilhite covers Washington DC.

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Lambda Legal: Trump’s Assault on LGBT Rights Continues with Latest Judicial Nominee

(Washington, DC, January 10, 2018)Lambda Legal and 15 national, state, and local LGBT organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of today’s hearing urging them to oppose the nomination of Howard Nielson to the United States District Court for the District of Utah. The letter stressed Nielson’s long and active history opposing LGBT civil rights, and his unfounded and degrading attack on the impartiality of a gay judge. While Mr.

Jim Bennett, Chief Development Officer, Departs Lambda Legal

(Chicago, IL, January 4, 2018)—Jim Bennett, Chief Development Officer at Lambda Legal, will be departing the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit LGBT legal advocacy organization after a successful 11-year career—first as the Midwest Regional Director, then as leader of the fundraising team. On Friday, January 5, his last day, staff, supporters and friends will gather to celebrate his tenure and see him off at Sidetrack Video Bar in Chicago.

DOJ Backs Down, Dismissing Appeal of Order Putting Ban on Transgender Service Members on Hold

(SAN FRANCISCO, December 22, 2017) – Today, the Trump Administration withdrew its appeal of a lower court ruling halting implementation of its discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services.

Nearly One-Third of Trump’s Judicial Nominees Have Anti-LGBT Records, Lambda Legal Reveals in New Analysis Documenting Record Speed with Which Trump Is Reshaping the Courts

Washington, DC – Nearly one-third of President Donald Trump’s federal judicial nominees have anti-LGBT records, Lambda Legal revealed today in a new analysis documenting the record speed with which President Trump is reshaping the courts, creating a judicial landscape that is growing increasingly hostile toward LGBT people.

Lambda Legal Seeks Documents After Trump Administration Restricts Use of Seven Words at CDC

(Washington, DC, December 20, 2017) – Today, Lambda Legal filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for any and all documents and communications from the Trump-Pence administration regarding their prohibition of the words “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based” in any budget documents from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), other divisions of HHS or any government agency.

TOMORROW AT 10 AM ET: Lambda Legal to Unveil New Analysis Detailing Record Speed With Which Trump is Reshaping the Courts, Alarming Number of Judicial Nominees Opposed to LGBT Rights and Protections

Washington, DC – Lambda Legal will hold a national media call tomorrow, on Wednesday, December 20 at 10 a.m. ET, to unveil new, unreleased analysis detailing the alarming impact that President Trump has had in reshaping the federal courts during his first year in office. The analysis, developed by a team of analysts and legal experts at Lambda Legal, reveals the breakneck pace with which President Trump has filled judicial vacancies as well as the vast and devastating consequences that Trump’s success will have for millions of LGBTQ Americans, for decades to come. Lambda Legal has been closely monitoring the Trump administration’s reshaping of the courts since Trump took office, shining a spotlight on nominees with histories of targeting LGBT people and their families, and will discuss its key findings on the media call and release its full analysis immediately following.

Lambda Legal: Senate Takes Two Steps Backwards with Dangerous Judicial Confirmations While Rest of the Nation Takes Giant Step Forward Standing Against Division and Hatred

Washington, DC – This week, the United States Senate confirmed three nominees to the federal bench with proven and extensive anti-LGBT records: Leonard Steven Grasz to the U.S.

Supreme Court of Hawai’i Hears Parenting Case Testing Marriage Equality Ruling

(Honolulu, HI, December 14, 2017) – The Supreme Court of Hawai’i today heard oral argument in the case of C.C. v. D.D., in which Lambda Legal is urging the Court to uphold a lower court ruling that, just like different-sex spouses, same-sex spouses must be treated as the presumed parents of children born during their marriage, with equal rights and equal responsibilities, including legal parentage and child support.

Lambda Legal to Senate: Indecent, Extremist, Anti-LGBT Nominees Have No Place on the Federal Bench

Washington, DC – Following the confirmation of unqualified Leonard Steven Grasz to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit last night, the United States Senate is preparing to put two more of Donald Trump’s extreme, anti-LGBT judicial nominees on the federal bench this week, beginning with of Don Willett to the Fifth Circuit today and James Ho to the same court tomorrow. 

Lambda Legal Slams U.S. Senate for Continued Degradation of the Federal Judiciary This Week

Washington, DC – Today, the United States Senate confirmed Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In addition, the Senate Judiciary Committee today held a hearing on the nomination of Matthew Kacsmaryk to the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Texas.