Media Center

Find Your State

Know the laws in your state that protect LGBT people and people living with HIV.

Our Sponsors

Lambda Legal welcomes inquiries from journalists covering our court cases and LGBT and HIV rights issues. Find the media contact covering your region in the chart below.

If you are a member of the public seeking legal help, please contact our Help Desk for legal information.

Media Contacts

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

Read our latest news or search by issue area.

Lambda Helps Bring a Personal Angle to Domestic Partner Lawsuit

(ATLANTA, May 13, 1999) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund has asked a Georgia judge to allow an Atlanta Councilmember to join the fight against the State Insurance Commissioner's ban on insurance companies' selling policies with domestic partner health coverage.

Challenge to Arkansas Sodomy Law Reaches States Highest Court

(NEW YORK, May 10, 1999) -- As sodomy laws topple state by state, the Arkansas Supreme Court will hear a case challenging a ban against the private, consensual sexual activities of lesbians and gay men, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Friday.

On Thursday, May 13, Lambda Senior Staff Attorney Suzanne B. Goldberg, on behalf of six lesbian and gay Arkansans challenging the sodomy law, will urge the Arkansas Supreme Court to reject efforts to have the case, Bryant v. Picado, thrown out of court.

Illinois Appeals Court Gets Its First Visitation Dispute Between Two Mothers

(CHICAGO, May 7, 1999) — An increasingly common type of family dispute will reach an Illinois appeals court with a visitation case concerning same-sex parents and the five-year-old girl they raised together until they broke up, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Florida Appeals Court To Hear Visitation Dispute Between Same-Sex Parents

(ATLANTA, May 7, 1999) -- An increasingly common type of family dispute will reach a Florida appeals court with a visitation case concerning same-sex parents and the four-year-old girl they raised together until their relationship ended, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

L.A. Domestic Partner Registry Opens Thursday, May 6

(LOS ANGELES, May 4, 1999) -- The first couples to be recognized as domestic partners by Los Angeles County will celebrate with other supporters of the newly created County registry, as unmarried couples line up to register on Thursday, May 6.

Sharing a 'Just Registered' cake at the ribbon-festooned festivities, several couples also will take part in a news conference Thursday hosted by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, joined by L.A. City Councilmember Jackie Goldberg.

Groups Issue Standards for Custody Disputes in Same-Sex Relationships

(NEW YORK, May 3, 1999) -- Hoping to help their communities avert a crisis, an ad-hoc alliance of LGBT legal and family-oriented organizations today launched an effort to provide guidelines for handling child custody matters when families break apart.

The recommended standards are contained in a publication entitled "Protecting Families: Standards for Child Custody Disputes in Same-Sex Relationships." The groups hope to see this widely circulated and followed by families in crisis and those who work with them.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Three ADA Cases in Two Days, Testing Federal Civil Rights Protections for People with HIV

(NEW YORK, April 20, 1999) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday that upcoming hearings in three cases before the United States Supreme Court are major tests of federal civil rights protections provided people with HIV and AIDS.

Lambda Hires Midwest Regional Director for Chicago Office

(CHICAGO, April 19, 1999) -- Matthew Roberts, a seasoned public policy and communications professional, has joined Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in the newly created position of Midwest Regional Director.

Roberts will be responsible for administration, fundraising , and public education work in Lambda's Midwest Regional Office, which covers Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

Lambda to Join Anti-Police Brutality March

(NEW YORK, April 15, 1999) -- Adding its voice to protests of the fatal police shooting of unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said it would take part in Thursday's massive demonstration in a call for justice.

"Lambda joins thousands of grieving New Yorkers to demand a full and fair response to this tragedy," said Lambda Legal Director Beatrice Dohrn. "Police brutality is a scourge that especially victimizes the poor and people of color, including many lesbians and gay men."

Federal Court to Decide Whether Health Insurers can Discriminate by Disability

(CHICAGO, April 2, 1999) -- A federal appeals court in Chicago is set to examine the legality of setting drastic limits on health benefits for policyholders with a particular health problem -- HIV infection.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (ALCC) have already won in district court on behalf of two Chicago men suing Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company for restricting their lifetime HIV-related coverage to a small fraction of that allowed for other medical conditions.