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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


Jonathan Adams - Communications Director
212-809-8585 x267

Jonathan Adams covers the following regions/states:

Southern Region:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia


Amanda Remus – Senior Public Information Officer
212-809-8585 x 266

Amanda Remus covers the following regions/states:

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

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Federal Court Denies Renewed Attempt to Implement Transgender Military Ban

(SEATTLE, June 15, 2018) – Today, a federal court in Seattle denied yet another attempt by the Trump Administration to implement its discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services.

Lambda Legal: Another Anti-LGBT Nominee Passes Senate Judiciary Committee with Trump’s Rhetoric

Today, Sharon McGowan, Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director of Lambda Legal, issued a statement in response to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote to approve Ryan Bounds, Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Lambda Legal Sues State of Alaska for Denying Health Care Coverage to Transgender Employee

Lambda Legal this morning filed a federal lawsuit against the State of Alaska on behalf of Jennifer Fletcher, a state legislative librarian who was forced to pay out-of-pocket for medically necessary surgical treatment because the state health insurance plan prohibits such coverage only for transgender state employees.

McConnell Cancels August Recess to Confirm More Anti-LGBTQ Judges

(Washington, DC, June 05, 2018) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after Senator McConnell announced that he would cancel the U.S. Senate’s August recess in order to advance President Trump’s judicial nominees:

Supreme Court Fails to Affirm LGBT Equality Rights

(New York, June 4, 2018) – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed the religious right a limited, fact-specific victory, ruling that the Colorado civil rights agency violated the religious rights of a Denver baker who refused to sell a same-sex couple a wedding cake.

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN Sue Defense Department over Outdated Policies Denying Service Opportunities to People Living with HIV

(Alexandria, VA. May 30, 2018) – Today, Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed a lawsuit on behalf of a sergeant in the D.C. Army National Guard who was denied the opportunity to serve as an officer and faces possible discharge from the United States armed services because he is living with HIV. The lawsuit challenges the Pentagon’s current policies preventing enlistment, deployment or commissioning as an officer if a person is living with HIV, and likely would affect implementation of the new “Deploy or Get Out” policy unveiled by the Trump administration in February.

State Department Must Issue Accurate Passport to Non-Binary Intersex Citizen, Lambda Legal Tells Court

Lambda Legal returned to federal district court today to argue once again on behalf of U.S. citizen and Navy veteran Dana Zzyym, an intersex person whose gender identity is neither male nor female to whom the U.S. State Department refuses to issue an accurate passport.

Victory! Federal Court Strikes Unlawful Policy That Denied Health Care to Incarcerated Missouri Transgender Woman

(St. Louis, MO, May 23, 2018) —A federal district court has struck down a Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) policy as cruel and unusual punishment because it denies vital health care to transgender people, including Lambda Legal client Jessica Hicklin, a transgender woman incarcerated at the Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point.

Lambda Legal: Kansas Adds Name to Roll of States Denying Children Loving Families

Today, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer signed into law Kansas SB 284, a license-to-discriminate bill that allows taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies to reject foster or adoptive parents based upon the agency's religious beliefs.

Lambda Legal: Oklahoma Earns Dubious Distinction as First State in 2018 to Deny Children Loving Families

Today, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed SB 1140, a license-to-discriminate bill that would allow taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies to reject foster or adoptive parents based upon the agency's religious beliefs.