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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


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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! Federal Court Orders Department of State to Recognize U.S. Citizenship of Child of Gay Couple Born Abroad

(Maryland, June 17, 2020) — A federal court in Maryland today ordered the U.S. Department of State to recognize the U.S. citizenship and issue a U.S. passport to 1-year old Kessem Kiviti, a baby born abroad to a same-sex married couple who was refused recognition as a U.S. citizen from the moment of her birth by the Trump Administration despite federal law giving her that right.

Victory! Lambda Legal Celebrates Supreme Court Decision Confirming Workplace Protections for LGBTQ Employees

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis sex, also protects employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Today’s decisions confirm workplace anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across the country. Lambda Legal celebrates these rulings.

At the Height of the COVID-19 Pandemic, HHS Finalizes Rule to Hurt LGBTQ Patients

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a rule change that attempts to roll back anti-discrimination protections in health care, including for LGBTQ people under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The rule does not and cannot change the law, but does cause confusion and invites health care workers, doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies that receive federal funding to refuse to provide or cover health care services critical to the health and wellbeing of LGBT people and everyone living with HIV, even during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Lambda Legal Condemns Senate Republicans for Advancing Anti-Civil Rights Nominee Cory Wilson in Middle of a Pandemic and Nation-Wide Protests

In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote to advance the nomination of Judge Cory Wilson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit,, Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer at Lambda Legal, released the following statement.

VICTORY! Anti-Transgender Exclusion Removed from Colorado Group Health Plan

(Denver, CO, June 10, 2020) – Niamh Anderson took all the necessary steps in preparation for their gender confirming procedure last July, including securing prior insurance authorization for a surgery doctors had said was medically necessary to treat their gender dysphoria. So Anderson, a paramedic then-employed with of the Town of Limon, was stunned to learn that the town’s health insurance plan administrator denied several claims for the procedure because of a blanket exclusion that effectively precludes any gender affirming healthcare.

Lambda Legal: Black and Brown LGBTQ People Particularly Vulnerable to State-sponsored Violence

Lambda Legal late yesterday submitted written testimony to the newly formed Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice highlighting the disproportionate levels of violence and abuse that LGBTQ people, especially LGBTQ people of color, experience in the U.S. criminal legal system.

Federal Court Hears Oral Argument in Case of Child of Gay Maryland Couple Denied Recognition as U.S. Citizen

A federal court in Maryland heard arguments today in a case brought by Lambda Legal and Immigration Equality and pro bono counsel Morgan Lewis on behalf of a married gay couple and their daughter Kessem Kiviti, whom the Trump Administration continues to refuse to recognize as a U.S. citizen since birth, even though both of her parents are U.S. citizens.

Lambda Legal Condemns Senate Republicans for Advancing Anti-Health Care Nominee Walker to DC Circuit in Middle of a Pandemic

(WASHINGTON, DC – June 4) In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote to advance the nomination of U.S. District Judge Justin Walker (W.D. Ky.) for a lifetime appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer at Lambda Legal released the following statement:

Federal Court Warns Idaho Against Disobedience of Injunction Barring Anti-Transgender Discrimination

The federal district court in Idaho today warned Idaho state officials that its permanent injunction issued in 2018 continues to apply and bars them from categorically preventing transgender people born in Idaho from correcting the gender markers on their birth certificates to match their gender identity.

Lambda Legal Affirms Right to Protest Police Violence After Trump Remarks

(New York June 1, 2020) – Deeply disturbed by remarks made by President Trump tonight in which he threatened to deploy "thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers" in response to protests arising from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings issued the following statement.