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Ian Wilhite - Washington DC Press Secretary

Ian Wilhite covers Washington DC.

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Lambda Legal: White House Transgender Ban Implementation Plan Solves Nothing

(Los Angeles, March 23, 2018) – The White House today released the proposed plan to implement the discriminatory transgender military ban that President Trump called for in a series of tweets in July. The ban was to go into effect today, March 23, based on the August 25, 2017 memorandum that followed the tweets, but has been stopped by preliminary injunctions won by Lambda Legal and others. On Tuesday, March 27, Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN will be in court asking a federal judge to make the injunction permanent.

MEDIA ADVISORY: LGBT Organizations Host Press Conference Call on Transgender Ban Implementation Plan

Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign, OutServe-SLDN, the American Military Partner Association, and the Gender Justice League will host a press conference call TONIGHT at 10 p.m. ET to discuss the Trump-Pence administration’s announcement regarding its proposed ban on transgender servicemembers.
Call information below:

WHAT:             Press call on the proposed ban on transgender servicemembers.

Trump Judicial Nominee Mocks Gay Marriage, Racial Diversity, and Justice Kennedy

(Washington, DC, March 21, 2018) – Today, Lambda Legal led 40 national, state, and local LGBT organizations in urging the U.S. Senate to reject the nomination of Gordon Giampietro to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and asked the White House to immediately withdraw the nomination.

Lambda Legal: Oregon Courts Right to Reject Religious License to Discriminate

(Salem, OR, March 16, 2018) – Lambda Legal today urged the Oregon Supreme Court to deny a petition from the former owners of an Oregon bakery seeking to overturn a lower court ruling that they violated Oregon’s anti-discrimination law in 2013 when they refused to sell a wedding cake to a lesbian couple because they claimed it was against their religion. The petition, filed by the anti-LGBT legal organization First Liberty Institute on behalf of the former owners of Gresham, Oregon-based Sweet Cakes by Melissa, comes as the U.S.

Lambda Legal Attorneys Omar Gonzalez-Pagan and Richard Saenz Honored by Hispanic National Bar Association

(San Francisco, March 16, 2018) – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) named Lambda Legal Staff Attorneys Omar Gonzalez-Pagan and Richard Saenz two recipients of the 2018 HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40 Award.

Lambda Legal Reaches Favorable Settlement for Transgender Woman Raped and Beaten in Texas Prisons

(Houston March 15, 2017) —Today Lambda Legal announced the resolution of a lawsuit against Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) on behalf of Passion Star, a black transgender woman who filed a lawsuit alleging prison officials failed to protect her from sexual and physical abuse while incarcerated in male prisons. 

Lambda Legal Applauds Ruling against Oregon Judge Who Refused to Marry Same-Sex Couples

(Salem, OR, March 15, 2018) – The Oregon Supreme Court today affirmed a determination by the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability that Judge Vance D. Day had violated state rules of judicial ethics when he devised a scheme to avoid marrying same-sex couples by instructing court staff to investigate the gender of marriage applicants and represent that he was unavailable if they were of the same sex, among other charges. The Court imposed a three-year suspension on Judge Day.

Businesses, States, EEOC, and Civil Rights Groups Urge Eighth Circuit to End Sexual Orientation Employment Discrimination

(St. Louis, March 14, 2018) – Today 47 businesses, attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia, the nation’s leading LGBT rights organizations, and several other organizations submitted friend-of-the-court briefs to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in support of Lambda Legal client Mark Horton, a gay man whose job offer from a St. Louis-based health management organization was withdrawn after the company’s owners learned Horton is gay.

Lambda Legal Presses Fight for Federal LGBT Employment Discrimination Protection in New Appeals Court Case

(St. Louis, March 7, 2018) —Today, Lambda Legal and co-counsel Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD. filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on behalf of Mark Horton, a healthcare sales specialist whose job offer at St. Louis-based Midwest Geriatric Management (MGM) was withdrawn when the employer learned Horton is gay.

Rally to Stop Trump’s Extremely Dangerous Nominees to the Federal Bench

(Washington, DC, March 05, 2018) – Lambda Legal, Alliance for Justice, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Center for Transgender Equality, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and supporting groups will host a rally on Tuesday, March 6th at 11 a.m. by the steps of the Supreme Court to oppose the federal judicial nominations of Kyle Duncan and Thomas Farr, who are awaiting a vote from the full Senate. Congressman Kennedy and McEachin will join civil rights leaders opposing Mr. Duncan and Mr.