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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


Graciela González - Public Information Officer
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Graciela González covers all Spanish-language media inquiries and the following region/states:

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


Ian Wilhite - Washington DC Press Secretary

Ian Wilhite covers Washington DC.

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Lambda Legal Leads 35 LGBT Groups Demanding President Trump Withdraw Jeff Mateer's Nomination to Federal Bench

Washington, DC – Today, Lambda Legal and 35 other national, state, and local LGBT advocacy groups sent a letter to members of the United States Senate strongly urging them to demand that President Trump immediately withdraw his nomination of Jeff Mateer to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Lambda Legal Calls out Sessions’ Hypocrisy as He Touts DOJ Assistance in Iowa Hate Crimes Case

NEW YORK (October 15, 2017) The New York Times today reported that the Department of Justice has assigned a federal prosecutor to assist in the hate crime prosecution of Kedarie/Kandicee Johnson’s murderer.

17 States and DC Join Lambda Legal Supreme Court Push to End LGBT Employment Discrimination

(Washington, DC) Today the attorneys general of 17 states and the District of Columbia joined Lambda Legal to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to decide once and for all whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects LGBT individuals from discrimination on the job.

Unprecedented Business, Scholarly Support for Lambda Legal Supreme Court Push to End Sexual Orientation Employment Discrimination

(Washington, October 11, 2017) – Today 76 businesses, legal scholars and the nation’s leading LGBT rights organizations joined Lambda Legal in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to finally decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits sexual orientation discrimination on the job.

Lambda Legal Continues Fight on Behalf of Intersex Citizen Denied a U.S. Passport

(Denver, CO, October 10, 2017) – Lambda Legal returned to federal court today on behalf of Dana Zzyym, an intersex citizen and U.S. Navy veteran denied a passport because the U.S. State Department refuses to recognize a gender marker that is neither male nor female.

Legal Advocates Urge Supreme Court to Strike Down Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law

(Jackson, October 10, 2017) —Mississippi plaintiffs led by civil rights attorney Rob McDuff, along with Mississippi Center for Justice and Lambda Legal, today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Mississippi House Bill 1523, the discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation that takes effect today. Joining in the appeal to the Supreme Court are former U.S. Solicitor General Don Verrilli and attorney Paul Smith, who co-counseled with Lambda Legal and argued the landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas, which declared laws criminalizing same-sex relationships to be unconstitutional.

Governor Signs Bill Modernizing California HIV Laws

(Sacramento, CA – Oct. 6, 2017)—Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law landmark legislation to reform outdated laws that unfairly criminalized and stigmatized people living with HIV. Senate Bill (SB) 239 was authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Asm. Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) and cosponsored by Lambda Legal, Equality California, the ACLU of California, APLA Health, Black AIDS Institute, and Positive Women’s Network – USA.

Lambda Legal Leads More Than 60 National, State and Local LGBT Rights Organizations in Fight Against Nomination of Eric Dreiband to Run DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

Washington, DC – Today, Lambda Legal and more than 60 national, state, and local LGBT groups from across the country urged the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of Eric S. Dreiband to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Dept. of Justice.

Legal Advocates Will Appeal to Supreme Court After Full Fifth Circuit Denies Challenge to Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law

Mississippi civil rights attorney Rob McDuff, along with Mississippi Center for Justice and Lambda Legal, today announced they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied their en banc petition asking the full court to rehear the case challenging Mississippi House Bill 1523, one of the most anti-LGBT laws in the country.

Lambda Legal Applauds Rep. Ellison’s Resolution Calling for Better Policies To Protect Transgender Americans

Washington, DC – Lambda Legal today applauded U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison for introducing a House Resolution that calls for increased attention to the violence and discrimination faced by transgender women of color and the creation of better policies and practices to protect transgender Americans.