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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
312-663-4413 x329

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

212-809-8585 x267

Press Releases

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Lambda to U.S. Supreme Court: Bury Cincinnati's Anti-Gay Initiative

(CHICAGO, May 4, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund petitioned the United States Supreme Court today to strike down Cincinnati's city charter amendment banning discrimination protections for lesbians and gay men.

Known as Issue 3, the law was approved by voters in 1993 to stop Cincinnati from giving any discrimination protection, under any circumstances, to lesbians, gay men and bisexuals. Issue 3 has never been put in force because of the five-year legal challenge by Lambda and its co-counsel on behalf of lesbian and gay Cincinnatians.

IRS Under Fire for Treatment of Group for Lesbians with Cancer

(NEW YORK, April 14, 1998) -- The Internal Revenue Service acted improperly when it tried to re-write a lesbian support group's mission statement as a prerequisite for tax-exempt status, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said in a demand letter to the IRS today.

Lambda Celebrates 25th Anniversary in San Francisco with Politicians, Entertainers, and Activists

(SAN FRANCISCO, April 13, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund celebrates its 25th anniversary this Thursday, April 16, in San Francisco with a host of prominent politicians, entertainers, and activists.

Lambda Helps Secure Benefits for HIV-Positive Policy Holders

(NEW YORK, Monday, April 13, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund lauded a New York State appeals court decision last Friday upholding the dismissal of a case brought by New England Mutual Life Insurance Company. The company sought to avoid payment of AIDS-related disability benefits to a long-time policy holder in Rockland County on the basis of his HIV-status at the time he purchased the policy.

Lambda Helps Win Historic Domestic Partner Benefits Victory

(LOS ANGELES, April 13, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund applauded the United States federal district court ruling issued Friday upholding the City of San Francisco's policy to contract only with businesses that provide employee benefits to unmarried as well as married workers.

Lambda Helps Win Protections for Employees with HIV

(LOS ANGELES, April 10, 1998) -- A California appeals court Thursday affirmed the right of people who seek disability payments after losing a job to challenge the firing as discriminatory.

In Bell v. Wells Fargo Bank, the court ruled that Andrew Bell, an HIV-positive man who worked for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, could pursue an anti-discrimination lawsuit against his former employer even though he had applied for disability benefits.

Mrs. King Commends Lambda for Leadership at 25th Anniversary Celebration

(CHICAGO, March 31, 1998) -- Coretta Scott King, addressing a Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund gathering in Chicago on Tuesday, called for all supporters of civil rights in America to join the struggle against homophobia and anti-gay bias.

Narrow California Ruling Does Not End Battle Against Anti-Gay Discrimination by Boy Scouts

(LOS ANGELES -- Monday, March 23, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund deplored Monday's California state Supreme Court ruling, which held that the state's law does not reach anti-gay discrimination by organizations like the Boy Scouts of America.

Lambda, co-counsel in the case, Curran v. Mount Diablo Council of the Boy Scouts of America, emphasized that the court made a narrow ruling that applies only to California and does not stop efforts against the BSA's anti-gay discrimination elsewhere in the country.