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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


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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California Judge Rules Proposed Initiative is Limit on Marriages

(SACRAMENTO, December 8, 1999) --The League of Women Voters of California Wednesday praised a decision by a California judge affirming the accuracy of the name given by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer to a controversial ballot measure that would allow the state to discriminate against legal marriages of lesbians and gay men from other states.

School Board Votes Against Students' Gay-Straight Club at El Modena High

Orange, CA, December 8, 1999) -- After months of delaying students’ request to allow a Gay-Straight Alliance Club to meet at El Modena High School, the Orange Unified School Board voted 7-0 late Tuesday to deny the students their constitutional and legal rights.

The students formed the club as a way to promote understanding and respect. The school board's action has left the students with no choice but to pursue the lawsuit they filed in federal court on November 24, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and People For the American Way Foundation.

League of Women Voters Supports 'Limit on Marriages' As Name for Knight Initiative

(SACRAMENTO, December 7, 1999) -- The League of Women Voters of California said Tuesday that it fully supports the name given by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer to a controversial ballot measure that would allow the state to discriminate against legal marriages of lesbians and gay men from other states.

During a hearing on Wednesday, December 8, the League plans to submit a petition to intervene in Stutzman v. Jones and join Bill Lockyer in defending his decision to give Proposition 22 the title “Limit on Marriages” for the March 2000 election.

Mexican Gay Man Seeking Asylum Appeals to the Ninth Circuit

(LOS ANGELES, December 7, 1999) — A Mexican citizen beaten and sexually assaulted by law enforcement officials because he is an effeminate gay man should be granted asylum in the United States, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday, on the eve of a hearing in his case.

Gay Positive Views Will Not be Censored, Salt Lake School Officials Guarantee

(NEW YORK, December 2, 1999) – A federal judge has dismissed a student lawsuit against the Salt Lake City school board because school officials have produced a definitive policy guaranteeing the right to express pro-gay opinions, attorneys for the students said Thursday.

Lead counsel Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, representing the students, were pleased by the judgment by United States Senior District Judge Bruce S. Jenkins.

Lambda Issues 1999 World AIDS Day Report Card

(NEW YORK) — Texas Gov. George W. Bush flunked and Vice President Al Gore did just slightly better on the annual World AIDS Day Report Card released by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in advance of the December 1 worldwide observance.

"World AIDS Day is an opportunity to assess efforts against AIDS," said Lambda Executive Director Kevin M. Cathcart, referring to the commemoration set for Wednesday. "This year, we find hope in a national resurgence of activism. But people's lives continue to be endangered by callous and compromising public officials," he said.

Gay/Straight Alliance Students Sue Orange County High School

(Orange, CA, November 24, 1999) -- Students who have formed a Gay-Straight Alliance Club at El Modena High School in Orange County and are being denied the right to meet are filing a lawsuit Wednesday against Orange Unified School District officials. The students, who see the club as a way to promote understanding and respect, say the school district's months-long delay in approving the club has effectively denied them the right to meet this semester.

Fired Lesbian Journalist Will Get Her Day in Court

(LOS ANGELES, November 23, 1999) — A California appeals court has revived a lesbian journalist's employment discrimination case, sending a strong message of fairness for lesbian and gay workers in the state, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday.

State Appeals Court Upholds New York City Domestic Partner Law

(NEW YORK, November 5, 1999) -- A New York appeals court has upheld the New York City domestic partner law, dealing a blow to the national campaign waged by Pat Robertson's American Center for Law and Justice to overturn municipal domestic partner ordinances across the country, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Friday.

Lambda Announces Appointment of New Development Director

(NEW YORK, November 3, 1999) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund announced Wednesday that Sherry Thomas has joined the organization as its director of development.

Thomas takes over the fund-raising operations at the nation's oldest and largest gay legal organization, after successfully leading an ambitious campaign to build San Francisco's new Main Library and assisting in the expansion efforts of a leading environmental group.