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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

 

Graciela Gonzalez – Senior Public Information Officer
312-663-4413 x329
ggonzalez@lambdalegal.org

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
snemir@lambdalegal.org

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
jadams@lambdalegal.org

Press Releases

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Lambda Helps Fight for Protection for Employees with HIV

(LOS ANGELES, February 23, 1998) -- Argument in California appeals court will take place Tuesday, February 24, in a case that challenges a ruling that a person who seeks disability payments after losing his job may not contest the firing as discriminatory.

Lambda is asserting that the law is not meant to force those with HIV into a "Catch-22" of having to forego disability benefits to which they are entitled in order to be allowed to fight to get back their jobs.

Ohio Supreme Court Hears Argument for Release of HIV-Positive Man Imprisoned For Spitting

(CHICAGO, February 17, 1998) The Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday, February 18, will hear the appeal of Jimmy Bird, an HIV-positive man who has spent nearly three years in prison for spitting during an arrest, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday.

Bird was sentenced to three-to-15 years in prison for assault with a "deadly weapon" for allegedly spitting at a police officer during an arrest for disorderly conduct.

Lambda, Chicago Secure Final Court Approval of City Worker Benefits

(CHICAGO, February 10, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the City of Chicago on Tuesday won a final trial court ruling against efforts to block domestic partner benefits, including health insurance, for partners of lesbian and gay city workers.

Judge Thomas Durkin in Cook County Circuit Court granted judgment in favor of the City and a number of its lesbian and gay employees, whom Lambda represented. The Judge upheld the law, which went into effect in May.

Non-Gay and Gay Groups Across Country Observe First National Freedom to Marry Day

(NEW YORK, February 6, 1998) -- Love and equality, the themes of Valentine's Day and Lincoln's Birthday, will frame the first National Freedom to Marry Day on Thursday, February 12. Lesbians and gay men across the country, joined by growing numbers of non-gay people, will call for an end to discrimination in civil marriage.

Coretta Scott King Will Address Lambda Celebration

(CHICAGO, Wednesday, January 28, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund proudly announced Wednesday that Coretta Scott King will address a celebration for the civil rights organization's 25th anniversary.

Mrs. King will be the keynote speaker, delivering the Bon Foster civil rights address, at Lambda's anniversary luncheon in Chicago on Tuesday, March 31.

Lambda, Arkansas Activists To Announce Challenge to State Sodomy Ban

(NEW YORK, January 28, 1998) -- Representatives from several Arkansas organizations will join Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in Little Rock, Arkansas, this Wednesday to announce a lawsuit on behalf of seven courageous Arkansas lesbians and gay men against that state's sodomy ban.

Several of the plaintiffs also will attend the news conference.

Mutual of Omaha Sued for Denying Coverage to Those with HIV

(CHICAGO, January 21, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago filed a lawsuit today against Mutual of Omaha, charging that the company violates federal and state law and endangers lives by severely limiting HIV-related health care coverage.

National Freedom to Marry Day -- February 12

(NEW YORK, January 12, 1998) -- National Freedom to Marry Day will take place on Thursday, February 12, 1998.

Lambda Defends Eagle Scout's Landmark Victory over Anti-Gay Policy

(NEW YORK, January 4, 1998) -- Having won the first lawsuit in the country against the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory ban on gay members and leaders, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is going before the New Jersey Supreme Court to defend the victory on behalf of Eagle Scout James Dale.

Civil Rights Stakes Will Be Highest Ever for Lesbians and Gay Men in 1998

(NEW YORK, December 31, 1997) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Wednesday that the new year will see a record number of lesbian, gay, and AIDS-related concerns in the country's highest courts.

Lambda, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 1998, has regional offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and a headquarters in New York.

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