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Tom Warnke covers the following regions/states:

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Ian Wilhite - Washington DC Press Secretary

Ian Wilhite covers Washington DC.

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Lambda Legal Challenge to Military Trans Ban on Course to Proceed to Trial

(SEATTLE, April xx, 2018) – Today, a federal court in Seattle issued a judgment scuttling the Trump Administration’s discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services.

Today, Idaho Makes History

(Boise, ID, April 6, 2018) -- Lambda Legal scored an important victory last month when a federal court ruled that Idaho was constitutionally required to provide accurate birth certificates to transgender people that reflect their gender identity.  Today marks the first day when Idaho will begin actually accepting applications to correct those certificates.

Victory! Mississippi Supreme Court Rules That Lesbian Spouses Are Both Legal Parents to Their Marital Children

(Jackson, April 5, 2018) — Today, Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that married same-sex couples should have the same parenting rights as different sex couples in a Lambda Legal case on behalf of Chris Strickland, a non-biological lesbian mother who was denied legal parentage for children she and her now ex-wife planned for and raised together.

Victory! Court Tells Puerto Rico to Issue Accurate Birth Certificates for Transgender Puerto Ricans

(San Juan, PR, April 4, 2018) – Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico struck down a policy that prevented transgender people born in Puerto Rico from correcting the gender marker on their birth certificates and ordered Commonwealth officials to allow such corrections.  Lambda Legal, joined by pro bono co-counsel from Ropes & Gray, challenged Puerto Rico’s categorical ban on corrections to the gender marker in birth certificates last April in a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit. 

¡Victoria! Tribunal federal le indica a Puerto Rico que emita certificados de nacimiento exactos a personas transgénero y transexuales

(San Juan, PR, 4 de abril, 2018) – Tarde en el día de ayer, el Tribunal de Distrito para el Distrito de Puerto Rico derogó una política que impedía que las personas transgénero y transexuales nacidas en Puerto Rico pudieran corregir el indicador de sexo en sus certificados de nacimiento. El tribunal ordenó a los funcionarios de gobierno a permitir este tipo de corrección. Lambda Legal radicó esta demanda única en su clase durante el pasado abril en un tribunal federal con el objetivo de eliminar la prohibición a cambios de indicador de sexo en el certificado de nacimiento.

Lambda Legal Sues California HIV/AIDS Drug Program Administrator for Privacy Breach

(San Francisco, CA, April 3, 2018) – Lambda Legal today filed a class-action lawsuit in California Superior Court against A.J. Boggs & Company on behalf of 93 low-income Californians living with HIV whose confidential medical records – including their HIV status – were compromised by a data breach of A.J. Boggs’s California AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) online enrollment system.

Lambda Legal and ACLU File Lawsuit to Challenge Ohio’s Discriminatory Birth Certificate Policy

COLUMBUS—Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit challenging Ohio’s refusal to correct the gender marker on birth certificates for transgender individuals, for any reason, at any time. Ohio is one of just three states, with Tennessee and Kansas that has yet to change the extremely regressive and outdated policy.

Senior DOJ Official Diana Flynn Moves to Lambda Legal

(Washington, DC and New York City, March 28, 2018) – Lambda Legal announced today that it had hired Diana Flynn, the Chief of the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, as its new Litigation Director. Flynn joins her former DOJ colleague Sharon McGowan, who left DOJ in February 2017 to become Lambda Legal’s Director of Strategy, overseeing both the organization’s litigation and policy work.

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN: Send the Bigoted Transgender Military Ban to the Dustbin of History

(Seattle, WA, March 27, 2018) – Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today argued before a federal district court that the Trump Administration’s plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services is so clearly unconstitutional that it should be permanently blocked. It was the first such argument among the four lawsuits challenging the ban and came just five days after the White House released its so-called ‘plan’ for implementing the discriminatory and harmful ban.

Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN Urge District Court to Block Permanently Discriminatory Transgender Military Ban

(SEATTLE, March 25, 2018) – Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, together with the State of Washington, will appear Tuesday before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to urge the court to block for good implementation of the Trump Administration’s effort to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. Tuesday’s argument is the first to follow Friday’s release of the so-called implementation plan for the bigoted and unconstitutional transgender military ban.