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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
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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
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

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jadams@lambdalegal.org

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Lambda Legal Condemns Senate Vote Confirming Anti-Civil Rights Judicial Nominee Cory Wilson

The U.S. Senate today confirmed anti-civil rights nominee Cory Wilson to a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Lambda Legal to Colorado Supreme Court: Marriage is Marriage

Today the Colorado Supreme Court heard two cases addressing the recognition of common law marriages of same-sex couples. Lambda Legal served as friend-of-the-court in both In re the Marriage of LaFleur v. Pyfer, and In re the Marriage of Hogsett v. Neale, arguing that the common law marriages of same-sex couples must be recognized and evaluated on the same terms as those of different-sex couples, whether before or after Colorado’s marriage bans were struck down, and in a manner that recognizes the discrimination those couples have faced.

Lambda Legal Sues HHS to Block Effort to Gut Protections for LGBTQ Patients

(Washington, D.C., June 22, 2020) — Today, Lambda Legal and Steptoe & Johnson LLP filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published health care discrimination rule that purports to carve out LGBTQ people and other vulnerable populations from the protections of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, among other bases.

Lambda Legal Applauds Supreme Court Ruling Preserving DACA Program

(Washington, DC, June 18, 2020) – In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court today blocked the Trump administration’s effort to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama administration program that protects some 700,000 immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation. 

Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings issued the following statement:

VICTORY! Federal Court Orders Department of State to Recognize U.S. Citizenship of Child of Gay Couple Born Abroad

(Maryland, June 17, 2020) — A federal court in Maryland today ordered the U.S. Department of State to recognize the U.S. citizenship and issue a U.S. passport to 1-year old Kessem Kiviti, a baby born abroad to a same-sex married couple who was refused recognition as a U.S. citizen from the moment of her birth by the Trump Administration despite federal law giving her that right.

Victory! Lambda Legal Celebrates Supreme Court Decision Confirming Workplace Protections for LGBTQ Employees

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis sex, also protects employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Today’s decisions confirm workplace anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across the country. Lambda Legal celebrates these rulings.

At the Height of the COVID-19 Pandemic, HHS Finalizes Rule to Hurt LGBTQ Patients

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a rule change that attempts to roll back anti-discrimination protections in health care, including for LGBTQ people under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The rule does not and cannot change the law, but does cause confusion and invites health care workers, doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies that receive federal funding to refuse to provide or cover health care services critical to the health and wellbeing of LGBT people and everyone living with HIV, even during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Lambda Legal Condemns Senate Republicans for Advancing Anti-Civil Rights Nominee Cory Wilson in Middle of a Pandemic and Nation-Wide Protests

In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote to advance the nomination of Judge Cory Wilson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit,, Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer at Lambda Legal, released the following statement.

VICTORY! Anti-Transgender Exclusion Removed from Colorado Group Health Plan

(Denver, CO, June 10, 2020) – Niamh Anderson took all the necessary steps in preparation for their gender confirming procedure last July, including securing prior insurance authorization for a surgery doctors had said was medically necessary to treat their gender dysphoria. So Anderson, a paramedic then-employed with of the Town of Limon, was stunned to learn that the town’s health insurance plan administrator denied several claims for the procedure because of a blanket exclusion that effectively precludes any gender affirming healthcare.

Lambda Legal: Black and Brown LGBTQ People Particularly Vulnerable to State-sponsored Violence

Lambda Legal late yesterday submitted written testimony to the newly formed Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice highlighting the disproportionate levels of violence and abuse that LGBTQ people, especially LGBTQ people of color, experience in the U.S. criminal legal system.

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