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Tom Warnke covers the following regions/states:

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Ian Wilhite - Washington DC Press Secretary

Ian Wilhite covers Washington DC.

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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.

Lambda Legal Mourns Passing of Jack Zawadski, Husband of Deceased Gay Man Turned Away by Mississippi Funeral Home

(Picayune, MS, January 31, 2018) – Lambda Legal today announced it will continue its battle against a Picayune, MS, funeral home on behalf of Jack Zawadski, an 82-year-old widower whose family was forced to scramble to find another funeral home to provide services for his husband, Robert “Bob” Huskey, when the funeral home discriminated against them when told they were a married same-sex couple. Zawadski died last month. Lambda Legal today asked the court to substitute Zawadski’s nephew, John Gaspari, for Zawadski in the lawsuit.

Lambda Legal, Joined By Several National Civil Rights Organizations, Delivers First Resistance “Pre-buttal” To Trump’s State of the Union Address

Today, Lambda Legal, delivered a resistance “pre-buttal” hours ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union Address. Lambda Legal’s Sharon McGowan, was joined on a media call by other resistance leaders including Todd Cox at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Kaylie Hanson Long at NARAL Pro-Choice America, Kristine Lucius at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Nicole Berner at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Scott Simpson at Muslim Advocates, Mara Keisling at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), and Michele Jawando at the Center for American Progress (CAP) to discuss the Trump Administration’s judicial nominations and outline plans for resistance efforts in 2018.

Lambda Legal Statement Following U.S. Senate Confirmation of Supreme Court “Short-Lister” David Stras to Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

(Washington, DC, January 30, 2018) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Director of Strategy at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm David Stras to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit:

U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals Recognizes Lesbian Firefighter’s Sex Discrimination Claim Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

(Boston, MA, January 26, 2018) – The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a $700,000 jury award for Lori Franchina, a lesbian firefighter who experienced extensive unchecked harassment from her co-workers at the Providence Fire Department.

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN Ask Court to Permanently Block Transgender Military Ban

(Seattle, WA, January 25, 2018) – Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today asked a federal district court to permanently block enforcement of the Trump Administration’s plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. The motion for summary judgment filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington follows four U.S. district court rulings and two federal appellate court rulings that granted and preserved preliminary injunctions against enforcement of the ban.

Lambda Legal Statement Following Brennan’s Confirmation Hearing In Senate Judiciary Committee

(Washington, DC, January 24, 2018) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Director of Strategy at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing to confirm Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit:

Lambda Legal: Defunding Public Sector Unions Will Threaten Workplace Protections

(New York, January 19, 2018) – Lambda Legal, joined by the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National LGBTQ Task Force, and PFLAG, today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a challenge to unions’ ability to collect “fair share” fees from workers who, while not themselves part of the union, nevertheless benefit from union representation.

Lambda Legal: New Rule “Weaponizes” HHS Office of Civil Rights

(Washington, DC, January 19, 2018) – The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) today issued a rule, “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority,” one day after announcing the creation of the “Conscience and Religious Freedom” unit. Camilla Taylor, Acting Legal Director, Lambda Legal, issued the following statement:

Lambda Legal Analysis: New HHS Rule Nothing Less Than a Permission Slip to Deny Care to LGBT People

(New York, January 18, 2018) – Lambda Legal today published an analysis of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) new rule, issued earlier in the day, creating a new unit within the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) called the “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division.” The aim of the new unit is to shield from the consequences of violating anti-discrimination protections healthcare workers who refuse to perform certain procedures, such as abortion, or who refuse to treat transgender patients, or to provide other services because of moral objections. Lambda Legal’s analysis shows that the rule will almost certainly result in the denial of medical care to people and cause potentially life-threatening harm, in violation of numerous laws and regulations that prohibit such discrimination. The analysis further shows that the creation of this unit is part of a pattern of Trump administration actions stripping LGBT people of civil rights, often in the name of religious freedom.