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Media Contacts

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

 

Jonathan Adams - Communications Director
212-809-8585 x267
jadams@lambdalegal.org

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
202-672-4877
iwilhite@lambdalegal.org

Ian Wilhite covers Washington DC.

 

Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer
212-809-8585 x 240
snemir@lambdalegal.org

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 Fights Anti-Gay Discrimination By Boy Scouts in New Jersey

(NEW YORK, December 5, 1997) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is continuing its battle on behalf of a New Jersey Eagle Scout, who challenged his expulsion by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because he is gay as a violation of New Jersey's anti-discrimination law.

1997 Report Card on America and AIDS Discrimination

(NEW YORK, December 1, 1997) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund recognized World AIDS Day Monday by issuing its annual report card on AIDS discrimination and policy in America, flunking many public officials and media figures, while top honorees include a veteran AIDS physician and Miss America.

"1997 has been a year of extremes," Lambda Executive Director Kevin Cathcart said from the organization's New York headquarters. "Despite incredible progress in treatment, this year has seen harsh and damaging reactions from both the government and the media," he said.

Lambda to High Court: Federal Law Applies to Same-Sex Sexual Harassment

(NEW YORK, November 25, 1997) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is urging the United States Supreme Court to recognize that Title VII, the federal law against sexual harassment at work, should be applied without regard to the sex or sexual orientation of the harasser or victim.

Statements made upon filing of petition for certiorari in Shahar v. Bowers to United States Supreme Court, October 31, 1997

No one should be fired from government employment because she celebrates and values a committed, loving relationship in her private life. That is why Robin Shahar was fired. This case is about her constitutional freedom of association, and that of all public employees. If the Court takes this case, it's ruling will have broad implications for all government employees' freedom to live their personal lives as they see fit.

Statements made upon filing of petition for certiorari in Shahar v. Bowers to United States Supreme Court, October 31, 1997

Statement by Lambda Managing Attorney Ruth Harlow, counsel of record for Robin Shahar No one should be fired from government employment because she celebrates and values a committed, loving relationship in her private life. That is why Robin Shahar was fired. This case is about her constitutional freedom of association, and that of all public employees. If the Court takes this case, it's ruling will have broad implications for all government employees' freedom to live their personal lives as they see fit.

Lesbian Lawyer Asks Supreme Court to Review Firing by Georgia Attorney General

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 31, 1997
Contact: Ruth Harlow 212-809-8585, Jane Morrison 404-897-1880, or Peg Byron, Lambda, 212-809-8585

Statement from Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund on Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision to Uphold Cincinnati's Issue 3

Legal Defense and Education Fund criticized "a renegade ruling" that on Thursday upheld the country's last remaining anti-gay initiative. Cincinnati's Issue 3 would bar the Cincinnati City Council from protecting lesbians and gay men against discrimination.


"This renegade ruling directly contradicts the United States Supreme Court, which overturned Colorado's similar Amendment 2," said Lambda Legal Director Beatrice Dohrn from Lambda's New York headquarters.

Lambda Criticizes Upholding of Last Anti-Gay Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday 23 October 1997
Contact: Patricia M. Logue, 312-663-4413; Peg Byron, 212-809-8585 x230, 888-987-1984 (pager)


(CHICAGO, October 23, 1997) -- A federal appeals court today upheld Cincinnati's Issue 3, the country's sole remaining anti-gay initiative that seeks to ban discrimination protections for lesbians and gay men, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, co-counsel in the case.

Chicago Board of Ed Agrees to Settle with HIV-Positive Teacher Applicant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday 21 October 1997 Contact: Peg Byron, 212-809-8585 x230, 888-987-1984 (pager); Catherine Hanssens, 212-809- 8585; Heather Sawyer 312-663-4413


(CHICAGO, October 22, 1997) Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund announced Tuesday that it won important policy changes in the Chicago public school system with the settlement of a lawsuit that challenged illegal screening of teacher applicants for HIV and AIDS.

Mayor Riordan To Help Honor Esteemed Federal Judge With Lambda Liberty Award

(LOS ANGELES, October 15, 1997) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the nation's leading lesbian and gay legal organization, honors recipients of its 5th Annual West Coast Liberty Awards on Thursday, October 16, including Judge William A. Norris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Lambda's 5th Annual West Coast Liberty Awards will be held 6-9 p.m., Thursday, October 16, at the Center Green Theater, Pacific Design Center.

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