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Tom Warnke - Media Relations Director
213-382-7600 x 247
twarnke@lambdalegal.org

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
312-663-4413 x329
ggonzalez@lambdalegal.org

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
snemir@lambdalegal.org

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
jadams@lambdalegal.org

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Lambda Legal Mourns Passing of Henry van Ameringen, Philanthropist and Early Supporter of LGBTQ Equality

(New York, September 10, 2020) — Henry van Ameringen, a philanthropic giant and early supporter of LGBTQ equality, passed away yesterday at the age of 90.

Lambda Legal Blasts Trump’s SCOTUS Shortlist Filled with Anti-LGBT and Extremist Judges

(Washington, DC, Sept. 9, 2020) – Today, just weeks ahead of the presidential election, President Donald Trump released a new shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees that is teeming with anti-LGBT extremists and dangerous ideologues.

Victory! Two HIV-Positive Former Military Cadets to Have Their Day in Court

(Baltimore, MD, September 3, 2020) – Yesterday, a federal district court denied a request by the Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit brought by two former U.S. military cadets challenging the administration’s discriminatory policies targeting servicemembers living with HIV. The ruling, out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, came in the case of Deese & Doe v. Esper, filed by Lambda Legal and Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) with pro bono co-counsel Winston & Strawn.

In the opinion supporting its decision, the court states:

Victory! In Detailed Ruling, Court Orders HHS to Halt Key Parts of Health Care Discrimination Rule

(Washington, D.C., September 2, 2020) – Today, a federal district court judge granted Lambda Legal’s request for a preliminary injunction, putting an immediate stop to key aspects of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) health care discrimination rule which seeks to carve out LGBTQ people and other vulnerable populations from regulatory protections under the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provision known as Section 1557.

Coalition of Indian Tribes, Foster Youth Group, and LGBTQ+ Youth Orgs File Suit to Protect Children in Foster Care From Trump Administration’s Statistical Erasure

Washington, D.C. — Today, two federally recognized Indian tribes, a California-based coalition of tribes, a foster youth and foster care alumni group, and three organizations that work with LGBTQ+ and two-spirit youth in foster care sued the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

Victory! Court Rules State Department Violated Law in Denying Passport to Married Same-Sex Couple’s Daughter

(ATLANTA, GA -- August 27, 2020) — A federal court in Georgia today ordered the Trump Administration to recognize the U.S. citizenship since birth of Simone Mize-Gregg, the two-year-old daughter of a married same-sex couple, and to issue her a U.S. passport. The U.S. State Department had refused to recognize Simone as a U.S. citizen, even though both of her parents, Derek Mize and Jonathan Gregg, are U.S. citizens and children born abroad to heterosexual married U.S. citizens are automatically considered U.S. citizens themselves.

National, State, and Local LGBTQ, Civil Rights, and Community Organizations Call on U.S. Senate to Reconvene to Pass Delivering for America Act

WASHINGTON — Today, 87 national, state, and local LGBTQ, civil rights, and community organizations urged the U.S. Senate to reconvene and move quickly to pass the Delivering for America Act, legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in a bipartisan vote that would protect and strengthen the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

Lambda Legal and Human Rights Campaign Send Letter Urging Protection and Strengthening of the United States Postal Service

WASHINGTON — Today, Lambda Legal and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — two of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organizations — sent a letter to Congress urging passage of the Delivering for America Act, which will protect and strengthen the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Lambda Legal Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Ruling Protecting LGBTQ Foster Youth and Parents

(Washington, DC, August 20, 2020) – Today, Lambda Legal submitted a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of itself and 26 local, state, and national organizations that serve LGBTQ youth urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold an appellate court ruling denying Catholic Social Services’ (“CSS”) request that Philadelphia be ordered to contract with CSS for foster parent licensing and recruitment while allowing CSS to refuse to license same-sex couples to foster children who can’t safely return to their own homes.

Religious Exemptions in Child Welfare System Would Harm Millions of Children

(August 18, 2020) — Today the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) released The High Stakes in the Fulton Case: Undermining the Vital Role of Child Welfare Laws & Regulations in Protecting America’s Children. This report highlights what is at stake in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this fall related to taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies.

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