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Tom Warnke - Media Relations Director
213-382-7600 x 247

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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Graciela covers the following regions/states:

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


Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer

212-809-8585 x 240

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! Kansas Agrees to Issue Accurate Birth Certificates to Transgender People

Transgender people born in Kansas will now be able to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates under a consent judgment between Lambda Legal and state officials issued Friday evening by a federal court.

Lambda Legal on anti-LGBT Kacsmaryk confirmation: This Highly Offensive Appointment Further Damages Our Judiciary

Today the U.S. Senate did further damage to our federal judiciary by confirming Matthew Kacsmaryk.

Senators, Representatives and Civil Rights Leaders: Kacsmaryk Is Unfit for Lifetime Appointment as Federal Judge

Today, members of Congress and civil rights leaders held a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Matthew Kacsmaryk to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The Senate is expected to vote on cloture today on Kacsmaryk’s nomination as a lifetime judge.

Supreme Court Punts on Lambda Legal Case of Oregon Baker Who Refused to Bake Wedding Cake for Lesbian Couple

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the Oregon Court of Appeals must look again at how the Oregon court system processed the discrimination claim against an Oregon bakery, Sweetcakes by Melissa, and its conclusion that the bakery violated Oregon’s nondiscrimination statutes when they refused to bake a wedding cake for Lambda Legal clients Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, because they said doing so would violate the owners’ religious beliefs.

Same-Sex Couple Blocked from Serving as Foster Parents to Get Their Day in Court

(Washington, DC, June 13, 2019) – Late yesterday, a federal district court denied motions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to dismiss Lambda Legal’s lawsuit challenging discrimination in a federal foster care program.

Lambda Legal, Americans United, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the County of Santa Clara Ask Court for Immediate Halt to Implementation of Denial of Care Rule

The rule is so overbroad, unworkable, and sweeping in its targeting of LGBT people and women for denials of health care that it will harm patients.

Lambda Legal Celebrates Key Victory Reaffirming LGBT Rights in Flower Shop Discrimination Case

The Washington Supreme Court today unanimously reaffirmed its February 2017 ruling that a Richland, WA, florist had violated the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) when she refused to sell flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding. The U.S. Supreme Court last year vacated that 2017 ruling and ordered the case sent back to the Washington court for reconsideration in light of its narrow ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Human Rights Commission finding in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. Jennifer C.

California District Court Grants Judgment to HIV-Positive Man Denied Haircut at Los Angeles Barbershop

Today, Lambda Legal announced the Central District of California entered judgment for Nikko Briteramos against the owner of a Los Angeles barbershop who refused to cut Briteramos’ hair because he is living with HIV.

LGBT Advocates Sue Trump HHS and South Carolina for Discriminating Against Same-Sex Foster Parents

(Greenville, May 30, 2019) – Lambda Legal, the ACLU, ACLU of South Carolina, and South Carolina Equality Coalition are suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the state of South Carolina on behalf of a married lesbian couple, Eden Rogers and Brandy Welch, who were turned away by a government-funded foster care agency for failing to meet the agency’s religious criteria, which exclude prospective foster parents who are not evangelical Protestant Christian or who are same-sex couples of any faith.

Lambda Legal, Americans United and Center for Reproductive Rights Sue Trump Administration to Block Denial of Care Rule

(May 28, 2019) – Today, Lambda Legal, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit challenging the “Denial of Care” Rule issued earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.