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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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Midwest Region:
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Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer

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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! Louisiana Sheriff’s Office Agrees to Pay $90,000 to Sheriff’s Deputy Candidate Denied Offer Due to His HIV Status

(New York, NY - April 20, 2020) -- Lambda Legal today announced it has reached a settlement with the Iberia Parish Sheriff Office on behalf of William “Liam” Pierce, a former police officer who was denied a job as a sheriff’s deputy when he noted as part of a medical evaluation that he is living with HIV.

183 National, State, and Local Organizations Call on Congress to Ensure Nondiscrimination Protections in COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Lambda Legal, along with nearly 200 national, state, and local organizations, sent a letter to Congressional leaders asking that they ensure the protection of vulnerable communities in any COVID-19 response legislation.

Lambda Legal Asks Court to Confirm Idaho Anti-Transgender Birth Certificate Law Violates Ruling

(Boise, ID, April 16, 2020) – Lambda Legal today filed a motion with the U.S. District Court to confirm that its March 5, 2018 ruling, which ordered Idaho state officials to allow transgender people born in Idaho to correct the gender markers on their birth certificates to match their gender identity, bars enforcement of the recent bill signed into law by Gov. Brad Little, which reinstates a ban against such corrections by transgender people.

Lambda Legal Commends Virginia Gov. Northam for Signing Comprehensive Nondiscrimination Bill

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam late yesterday signed into law the Virginia Values Act, historic legislation that bans anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces.

Lambda Legal Mourns the Loss of LGBTQ Civil Rights Hero Phyllis Lyon

Phyllis Lyon, who with her partner Del Martin made international headlines in June 2008 when they became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in California, died today in San Francisco.

New Blood Donation Policy A Step In the Right Direction But Falls Short

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced new guidelines for blood donations that change the current one-year deferral for donations from men who have sex with men (MSM) to a three-month deferral. While a step in the right direction, the new guidance falls short of what many recognize as optimal policy.

Lambda Legal: Idaho Flouts the Courts By Enacting Unconstitutional Anti-Transgender Law

(Boise, ID, March 30, 2020) – Idaho Gov. Brad Little today signed into law legislation that bans transgender people from changing the gender marker on their birth certificates, despite a federal court ruling Lambda Legal won two years ago declaring such a policy unconstitutional.

LGBTQ Advocacy Groups Sue Trump’s HHS for Refusing to Enforce Anti-Discrimination Rules, Leaving Community Especially Vulnerable Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The administration's unlawful action endangers already vulnerable populations, especially as the country confronts the coronavirus pandemic. Today’s lawsuit was filed by Democracy Forward and Lambda Legal.

Lambda Legal to Idaho Governor: Don’t Resuscitate Unconstitutional Anti-Transgender Discrimination

The Idaho Senate today approved a bill already passed by the state House of Representatives that would ban transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates despite a federal court ruling two years ago declaring such a ban unconstitutional. Lambda Legal, which brought the lawsuit that resulted in that ruling, urged Idaho Gov. Brad Little to veto the bill when it lands on his desk.

VICTORY: South Carolina Court Strikes Outdated Anti-LGBTQ Curriculum Law as Unconstitutional

CHARLESTON, SC – Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina entered a consent decree that declares South Carolina’s 1988 discriminatory anti-LGBTQ curriculum law unconstitutional and bars its enforcement. The court’s decree comes two weeks after a federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of the high school student organization Gender and Sexuality Alliance, as well as the Campaign for Southern Equality and South Carolina Equality Coalition, including their members who are public school students in South Carolina.