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Media Contacts

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

212-809-8585 x267

Press Releases

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Southern Poverty Law Center & Lambda Legal Sue DOJ and BOP for Records on Rollback of Protections for Transgender People in Prison

(NEW YORK, November 20, 2018) – Today, Lambda Legal and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) sued the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to compel the federal agencies to produce all documents and communications connected to the Trump administration’s decision six months ago to alter its Transgender Offender Manual, including communications with outside advocacy groups.

Lambda Legal Sues Social Security Administration on Behalf of Gay Widower Seeking Spousal Benefits

“The Social Security Administration is allowing the heartbreak of discriminatory marriage bans to persist by holding same-sex couples to a standard that many could not meet.”

Lambda Legal and 75 National and State Organizations Urge HHS Not to Grant South Carolina License to Discriminate

"To allow faith-based agencies to put their beliefs ahead of the well-being of children in the state’s care is not only unconstitutional, but more importantly, it is harmful to the very children agencies are paid by the government to care for."

Lambda Legal Condemns McConnell’s Decision to Advance Thomas Farr Nomination Despite History of Black Disenfranchisement

Today, Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked cloture on the nomination of Thomas Farr, Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Lambda Legal Welcomes Avery Belyeu as Head of the South Central Regional Office

“Avery has been in the trenches fighting for LGBTQ rights – from working as an intern at Equality North Carolina to serving as Education Director at The Trevor Project – and we are delighted she will be leading our Dallas office.”

(Dallas, TX, November 13, 2018) – Lambda Legal announced today that Avery Belyeu will be joining the organization as director of its South Central Regional Office in Dallas.

56 Major Companies Respond to Alarming Effort to Erase Transgender People From Legal Protections

  • Statement comes following New York Times report that federal agencies are discussing attempts to redefine “sex” in an effort to erase transgender non-discrimination protections
  • Major companies -- with more than 2.4 trillion in collective revenue -- stand in solidarity with transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people in a time of heightened violence against marginalized people
  • Statement organized by 14 community organizations working for LGBTQ+ equality

Lambda Legal Responds to Tree of Life Massacre, Week of White Supremacist Violence

“This effort to undermine our democracy through violence and repression must not be allowed to succeed.”

(New York, October 29, 2018) In response to the massacre on Saturday of 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Lambda Legal issued the following statement:

Lambda Legal: Trump Administration Effort to Erase Transgender Americans Will Not Stand

“This is clearly another ideologically-driven attempt by the Trump administration to marginalize transgender people and force them into the shadows.”

Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer Sharon McGowan to Receive American Bar Association Stonewall Award

“We are very proud of Sharon for this well-deserved honor. She has truly distinguished herself as an outstanding legal advocate for the LGBT community."

(Washington, DC, October 19, 2018) – The American Bar Association (ABA) announced today Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer Sharon McGowan will receive the 2019 Stonewall Award.