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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

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


Ian Wilhite - Washington DC Press Secretary

Ian Wilhite covers Washington DC.


Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer
212-809-8585 x 240

Samy Nemir covers the following regions/states:

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

Press Releases

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Lambda Legal: Trump Administration Effort to Erase Transgender Americans Will Not Stand

“This is clearly another ideologically-driven attempt by the Trump administration to marginalize transgender people and force them into the shadows.”

Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer Sharon McGowan to Receive American Bar Association Stonewall Award

“We are very proud of Sharon for this well-deserved honor. She has truly distinguished herself as an outstanding legal advocate for the LGBT community."

(Washington, DC, October 19, 2018) – The American Bar Association (ABA) announced today Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer Sharon McGowan will receive the 2019 Stonewall Award.

$1 Million Gift to Create Daniel H. Renberg Fellowship at Lambda Legal to Mark LGBT Civil Rights Organization’s 45th Anniversary

NEW YORK, NY (Oct. 16, 2018) - Lambda Legal today announced the establishment of the Daniel H. Renberg Legal Fellowship endowed through a $1 million gift by Eugene Kapaloski in honor of his deceased husband and in celebration of the civil rights organization’s 45th anniversary.

Lambda Legal Partners with State Civil Rights Organizations to Oppose Anti-LGBT Fourth Circuit Court Nominee Allison Rushing

(Washington, DC – Oct. 16, 2018) Lambda Legal joined LGBT civil rights organizations Equality North Carolina and Free State Legal, Maryland’s LGBTQ Advocates to urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the nomination of Allison Rushing to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Lambda Legal Sues Kansas Over Discriminatory Anti-Transgender Policy: “Kansas is out of step with the rest of America.”

“By not allowing transgender people like me to correct our birth certificates, the state complicates every aspect of our lives”

Kansas City, Kansas (Oct. 15, 2018) — Today Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit challenging Kansas’s refusal to correct the gender marker on Kansas birth certificates for transgender individuals. Kansas is one of just three states, along with Tennessee and Ohio, which has yet to change this extremely regressive and outdated policy.

New National Coalition Launches Campaign for Sexual Health Rights of Youth in State Custody

Advocates call widespread lack of sexual health care, despite high rates of STIs and sexual abuse, an ethical and public health failure

In response to today’s Huffington Post article that discussed some of Lambda Legal’s recent internal changes, the Board of Directors issued the following statement

We want to acknowledge that the challenges that Lambda Legal faces are real, and we have been and will continue to be hard at work addressing them. In the last two years, we had a change in leadership, created a DC office, made necessary but painful changes to employee benefits, saw the creation of an employee union, and we had more staff turnover than we would like.

Lambda Legal Speaks Out Against Senate Confirmation of Eric Dreiband to Lead DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

(Washington, DC – Oct. 11, 2018) Today Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, and former senior career Civil Rights Division official, issued the following statement:

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN to Ninth Circuit: Don’t Breathe Life into Discriminatory Transgender Military Ban

“Courts across the country have swatted down implementation of this dangerous and discriminatory ban: There is no defensible reason to resurrect it now.”

Lambda Legal Brings Together 27 National, State and Local LGBT Organizations to Oppose Anti-LGBT Circuit Court Nominees Eric Murphy & Chad Readler

(Washington, DC – Oct. 9, 2018) Lambda Legal brought together 27 national, state and local LGBT civil rights organizations to urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the confirmations of Eric Murphy and Chad Readler to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.