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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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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

212-809-8585 x267

Press Releases

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Civil Rights Advocates Bring Federal Court Challenge to Tennessee Law Banning Trans Students in School Sports

“Luc just wants to play golf with other boys, to be part of the team, and to improve his game. Like all kids, he just wants to play.”

Victory! Lambda Legal Secures Social Security Survivor's Benefits for Same-Sex Partners

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Social Security Administration (SSA) dismissed their Ninth Circuit appeals of two nationwide class actions won by Lambda Legal in favor of surviving same-sex spouses and partners denied equal access to social security survivor’s benefits. This development affects individuals who were unable to meet the requirement for survivor’s benefits that they be married for a minimum of nine months because of discriminatory marriage laws.

Lambda Legal Applauds Confirmation of First Openly Lesbian Judge to Federal Appeals Court

Today, the Senate voted 51-45 to confirm Beth Robinson to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Robinson, who was previously an associate judge on the Vermont Supreme Court, is the first openly lesbian woman to serve on a U.S. Court of Appeals.

Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director for Lambda Legal, Sharon McGowan, issued the following statement:

Lambda Legal Client Dana Zzyym Receives First U.S. 'X' Passport

“It took six years, but to have an accurate passport, one that doesn’t force me to identify as male or female but recognizes I am neither, is liberating.”

Billie Jean King, Megan Rapinoe, Layshia Clarendon, and Brianna Turner join more than 150 Athletes and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association in Supporting Trans Youth Participation in Sports

"There is no place in any sport for discrimination of any kind…The global athletic community grows stronger when we welcome and champion all athletes – including LGBTQI+ athletes.”

Lambda Legal Mourns the Passing of Board Member and LGBT Advocate Suzanne Thomas

On Sunday, Lambda Legal emeritus board member Suzanne Thomas passed away.

Kevin Jennings, Lambda Legal CEO, made the following statement:

"Lambda Legal is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Lambda Legal emeritus board member Suzanne Thomas, a dedicated Seattle LGBT advocate and longtime Lambda Legal donor.

New Jersey Catholic Hospital Agrees to Post Publicly Its Policies Concerning Treatment of Transgender Patients

“With this settlement, transgender patients entering St. Joseph’s Healthcare System are assured they will continue to receive the medications previously prescribed for the treatment of gender dysphoria.”

Lambda Legal Adds Two Additional Transgender Plaintiffs to its Challenge to West Virginia’s Unlawful Ban On Health Care Coverage

Today, Lambda Legal filed a motion seeking leave to add two additional plaintiffs—a Medicaid participant and a public employee—to its federal class-action lawsuit challenging West Virginia's blanket exclusion of health care coverage for transgender people in West Virginia's Medicaid and state employee health plans.

Lambda Legal Files Brief On Behalf of LGBTQ+ Rights Organizations Urging Supreme Court to Uphold New York Gun Regulations, Citing Disproportionate Impact Gun Violence Has on LGBTQ+ People, Communities of Color

Amicus Brief Filed Today in 'New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen' Argues Sweeping Away Sensible Gun Regulations On Who May Carry a Firearm Endangers LGBTQ+ People Targeted With Deadly Hate Crimes Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity