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Tom Warnke - Media Relations Director
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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

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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Press Releases

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Victory! Court Denies Stay; State Department Must Issue Accurate Passport to Nonbinary Intersex Citizen

From the ruling: “Dana has missed travel opportunities for four years throughout the course of this litigation, and Dana would continue to miss travel opportunities if a stay is granted.”

Court Orders Trump Administration to Halt the Imminent Discharge of HIV-Positive Airmen

“This is a major victory in our fight to ensure everyone living with HIV can serve their country without discrimination.”

Lambda Legal: William Barr Must Prove He Can Defend Civil Rights for All

(Washington, DC, February 14, 2019) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, over the objections of civil rights leaders:

Chairman Graham’s Judiciary Committee is a “Drive-thru” for Trump Nominees

(Washington, DC, February 7, 2019) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a markup to consider 46 nominees in one sitting:

Lambda Legal Applauds Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Transgender Service Members

(Washington, DC, February 7, 2019) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after lawmakers in Congress introduced legislation to legislation that would allow current and future transgender troops to serve openly in the military:

Neomi Rao Proudly Stands at Odds with Marriage Equality

(Washington, DC, February 4, 2019) – Ahead of tomorrow’s hearing on Neomi Rao, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Lambda Legal sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urging them to oppose Rao’s nomination.

Lambda Legal Condemns Trump Administration Move to Allow Discrimination in Foster Care System Claiming Religion Objections

(New York, NY -- January 23, 2019) - Today, the Trump-Pence Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) granted special permission to federally-funded child welfare contract agencies in South Carolina to discriminate against prospective foster and adoptive parents based on their religious beliefs.

Supreme Court Declines Transgender Military Ban Cases but Permits Enforcement of Ban for Now

(Washington, DC, January 22, 2019) – The U.S. Supreme Court today denied petitions from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asking that the Court review preliminary federal district court rulings that have kept the Trump administration from implementing its discriminatory plan to prevent transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services.

Lambda Legal Sues Social Security Administration for Fourth Same-Sex Surviving Spouse Denied Survivor’s Benefits

“Application of Social Security’s nine-month rule here serves only to continue the harms that invalid marriage bans created. It’s past time for a change.”

Former Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Director Jim Bennett Nominated to Run Illinois Department of Human Rights

“Jim’s integrity and commitment to justice make him a perfect fit to lead an agency charged with enforcing Illinois’s laws ensuing fair treatment for all.”

(Chicago, IL, January 17, 2019) -- Today, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced his nomination of Jim Bennett, former Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Director, to serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). Camilla Taylor, Director of Constitutional Litigation, Lambda Legal, issued the following statement: