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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


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

Headquarters Region:
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC


Ian Wilhite - Washington DC Press Secretary

Ian Wilhite covers Washington DC.


Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer
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Samy Nemir covers the following regions/states:

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

Press Releases

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Lambda Legal Sues Social Security Administration for Fourth Same-Sex Surviving Spouse Denied Survivor’s Benefits

“Application of Social Security’s nine-month rule here serves only to continue the harms that invalid marriage bans created. It’s past time for a change.”

Former Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Director Jim Bennett Nominated to Run Illinois Department of Human Rights

“Jim’s integrity and commitment to justice make him a perfect fit to lead an agency charged with enforcing Illinois’s laws ensuing fair treatment for all.”

(Chicago, IL, January 17, 2019) -- Today, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced his nomination of Jim Bennett, former Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Director, to serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). Camilla Taylor, Director of Constitutional Litigation, Lambda Legal, issued the following statement:

Lambda Legal: William Barr’s Record on Civil Rights is Disqualifying

(Washington, DC, January 15, 2019) – Ahead of today’s hearing, Lambda Legal sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein urging them to oppose President Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, William Barr. The letter was authored by Lambda Legal and signed by multiple national, state, and local LGBT organizations.

Lambda Legal to Neomi Rao: “We Are Not A Trend”

(Washington, DC, January 15, 2019) – Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after BuzzFeed News reported on a series of Naomi Rao’s inflammatory writings:

Lambda Legal Commends New York for Passing Legislation Protecting Transgender People from Discrimination and Banning “Conversion Therapy”

(New York, NY -- January 15, 2018) - The New York legislature today passed two pro-LGBTQ bills, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and a law banning so-called “conversion therapy.” Lambda Legal issued the following statements:

LGBT Advocates Urge Eleventh Circuit to Uphold Lower Court Ruling to Provide Medical Care to Transgender Woman in Florida Prison

Late yesterday, eleven LGBT advocacy and legal services organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit urging the court to uphold the district court ruling in a case brought by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Florida, and global law firm DLA Piper LLP on behalf of Reiyn Keohane, a transgender woman incarcerated in a Miami prison who was denied medically necessary care by the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC).

Lambda Legal: Supreme Court Should Maintain Injunction against Implementation of Discriminatory Transgender Military Ban

“The sudden urgency of the Trump administration’s effort to discriminate against transgender service members is bordering on the ridiculous.”

Lambda Legal: Supreme Court Should Deny Premature Request for Review of Transgender Military Ban Rulings

“There is no valid reason for the Trump-Pence administration to try to short-circuit established practice.”

Lambda Legal: Arizona Courts Right to Reject Religious License to Discriminate

“It’s about protecting LGBT people and families from being forced to endure bigotry and abuse in countless places, from fertility clinic to funeral home, and everywhere in between.”

Lambda Legal Joins Arnold & Porter in Lawsuit Brought against Suburban DC School District on Behalf of Transgender Teacher

“No one – student or teacher – should go through the hell I was put through at school just for being who they are.”