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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


Jonathan Adams - Communications Director
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Jonathan Adams covers the following regions/states:

Southern Region:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia


Amanda Remus – Senior Public Information Officer
212-809-8585 x 266

Amanda Remus covers the following regions/states:

Headquarters Region:
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC


Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer
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Samy Nemir covers the following regions/states:

Midwest Region:
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

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Lambda Legal CEO Rachel Tiven Resigns

Today, Lambda Legal announced that Rachel Tiven, CEO, will resign.

Civil Rights Organizations Urge Eighth Circuit to Accept Appeal of Man Who May Have Been Sentenced to Death Because He is Gay

(St. Louis, Missouri) Six civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, Lambda Legal, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National LGBT Bar Association, filed an amici brief today urging the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the appeal of Charles Rhines, a gay man on death row in South Dakota.

LGBTQ Advocates Oppose Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation to US Supreme Court as a Threat to Queer Lives

(Washington, DC, July 31, 2018) – Today, Lambda Legal and 62 national, state, and local LGBTQ organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.

Victory! Court Orders Florida School District to Allow Transgender Student to Use the Men’s Restroom

School Board in St. Augustine, FL, a suburb of Jacksonville, discriminated against Drew Adams, a 17-year-old boy, by denying him access to the boys’ restroom because he is transgender.

“I am so grateful that I can just focus on being a regular kid at school. I have so many other things on my mind, like getting into my top college choice, so I don’t want to have to worry about whether I can use the boys’ restroom.,” said Drew Adams. “It was upsetting to think my school didn’t want me because I am transgender, and I hope no one else has to feel like that.”

Lambda Legal and Black AIDS Institute Launch “CUT THE STIGMA” Campaign to Combat HIV Discrimination

“Black people living with HIV are often confronted with discrimination connected to stigma and misinformation in public places of importance within our community.  The barbershop is a sacred social space, where Black Americans debate social, cultural and political ideas. HIV discrimination destroys those safe spaces.”

Lambda Legal y el Black AIDS Institute lanzan campaña “Elimina el Estigma” para combatir la discriminación contra el VIH

“Los afroamericanos que viven con VIH enfrentan repetidamente discrimen relacionado al estigma y desinformación en espacios públicos de importancia para la comunidad. La barbería es un espacio social sagrado, donde los afroamericanos debaten ideas sociales, culturales y políticas. La discriminación por el VIH destruye esos espacios seguros.”

Lambda Legal Asks Court to Stop Pentagon from Discharging HIV-Positive Service Members

Today, Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, along with pro bono counsel from Winston & Strawn LLP, asked a federal court to halt implementation of a new Department of Defense policy resulting in the discharge of service members living with HIV.

Anti-LGBT Advocate David Porter Moves Forward

Today, Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to approve David Porter, Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit:

Lambda Legal on Withdrawal of Ryan Bounds’ Nomination

Today, Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to withdraw Ryan Bounds, Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit:

Ninth Circuit Denies Another Trump Administration Effort to Implement Transgender Military Ban

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied yet another attempt by the Trump Administration to implement its discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services.