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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


Jonathan Adams - Communications Director
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Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia


Ian Wilhite - Washington DC Press Secretary

Ian Wilhite covers Washington DC.

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Second Federal Appeals Court Rules LGBT Workers Protected Against Employment Discrimination

(New York, NY, February 26, 2018) —Today, in a 10-3 decision, the full Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion. Today’s ruling comes in the case of the late Donald Zarda, a New York skydiving instructor who was fired from his job because he was gay.

Hawai`i Appeals Court Rejects Religious Justification for B&B that Refused Room to Lesbian Couple

(Honolulu, HI, February 23, 2018) – The Intermediate Court of Appeals of the State of Hawai`i today affirmed a lower court ruling against a Hawai`i bed and breakfast that denied a room to a lesbian couple because of their sexual orientation. Aloha Bed & Breakfast, whose owner says same-sex relationships “defile our land,” is represented by the anti-LGBT legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, which has claimed a religious justification for the discrimination.

Lambda Legal Sues HHS after Lesbian Couple Blocked from Serving as Foster Parents

(Washington, DC, February 20, 2018) – Lambda Legal today filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on behalf of a couple who were denied the opportunity even to apply to serve as foster parents for refugee children by a USCCB affiliate because, they were told, they did not “mirror the Holy Family.”

Lambda Legal: Chairman Grassley Chucks 100-Year Old, Bipartisan Tradition To Force Through More Trump Judges

(Washington, DC, February 15, 2018) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Director of Strategy at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote in support of the nomination of Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit:

Civil Rights Leaders Condemn Trump Judicial Nominee Following Discovery Of Inflammatory Audio Recordings

Today, civil rights leaders from across the country condemned the Trump Administration’s nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Gordon Giampietro, after the discovery of two 2015 audio recordings where Mr. Giampietro mocks a Supreme Court justice and calls same-sex marriage “an assault on nature…against God’s plan.”

Lambda Legal Encouraged by Alabama School District Response; Lesbian Teens Will Attend Prom Together

(Anniston, AL, February 14, 2018) —Lambda Legal received a response from east Alabama’s Calhoun County School District today that an Alexandria High School lesbian couple will be able to attend prom together.

Federal Court Orders Health Care for Transgender Missouri Inmate

(St. Louis, MO, February 9, 2017) — Today, a federal district court ordered the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) and its contracted healthcare provider, Corizon LLC, to immediately provide Jessica Hicklin, a 38-year-old transgender woman incarcerated at the Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point, with care that her doctors deem to be medically necessary treatment for her gender dysphoria, including hormone therapy, access to permanent body hair removal, and access to gender-affirming canteen items.

Lambda Legal: Senate Judiciary Committee Forces Through Yet Another Anti-LGBT Nominee, Howard Nielson

(Washington, DC, February 08, 2018) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Director of Strategy at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote to approve Howard Nielson, yet another Trump nominee with a significant history of anti-LGBT advocacy:

Lambda Legal Warns Alabama School District: Let Lesbian Couple Go to Prom, or Get Sued

(Anniston, AL, February 8, 2018) —Lambda Legal sent a letter to eastern Alabama’s Calhoun County School District today warning school officials not to prevent a lesbian couple from attending the prom amid reports that one of the Alexandria High School juniors had been disciplined for “promposing” to her girlfriend during a school talent show.

Lesbian Senior Has Her Day in Court; Faces Senior Living Facility that Failed to Protect Her

(Chicago, February 6, 2018) – Today, Lambda Legal urged the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to hold Glen Saint Andrew Living Community in Niles, Illinois and its administrators, accountable for failing to protect lesbian senior Marsha Wetzel, from the harassment, discrimination and violence she suffered at the hands of other residents because of her sex and sexual orientation. The appeal was filed after a federal trial court dismissed her complaint and is being closely watched by both LGBT and housing rights advocates.