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Tom Warnke - Media Relations Director
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Tom Warnke covers the following regions/states:

Western Region:
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Samy Nemir – Public Information Officer

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Headquarters Region:
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Jonathan Adams - Communications Director

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Press Releases

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Lambda Legal Applauds Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Transgender Service Members

(Washington, DC, February 7, 2019) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after lawmakers in Congress introduced legislation to legislation that would allow current and future transgender troops to serve openly in the military:

Neomi Rao Proudly Stands at Odds with Marriage Equality

(Washington, DC, February 4, 2019) – Ahead of tomorrow’s hearing on Neomi Rao, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Lambda Legal sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urging them to oppose Rao’s nomination.

Lambda Legal Condemns Trump Administration Move to Allow Discrimination in Foster Care System Claiming Religion Objections

(New York, NY -- January 23, 2019) - Today, the Trump-Pence Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) granted special permission to federally-funded child welfare contract agencies in South Carolina to discriminate against prospective foster and adoptive parents based on their religious beliefs.

Supreme Court Declines Transgender Military Ban Cases but Permits Enforcement of Ban for Now

(Washington, DC, January 22, 2019) – The U.S. Supreme Court today denied petitions from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asking that the Court review preliminary federal district court rulings that have kept the Trump administration from implementing its discriminatory plan to prevent transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services.

Lambda Legal Sues Social Security Administration for Fourth Same-Sex Surviving Spouse Denied Survivor’s Benefits

“Application of Social Security’s nine-month rule here serves only to continue the harms that invalid marriage bans created. It’s past time for a change.”

Former Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Director Jim Bennett Nominated to Run Illinois Department of Human Rights

“Jim’s integrity and commitment to justice make him a perfect fit to lead an agency charged with enforcing Illinois’s laws ensuing fair treatment for all.”

(Chicago, IL, January 17, 2019) -- Today, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced his nomination of Jim Bennett, former Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Director, to serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). Camilla Taylor, Director of Constitutional Litigation, Lambda Legal, issued the following statement:

Lambda Legal: William Barr’s Record on Civil Rights is Disqualifying

(Washington, DC, January 15, 2019) – Ahead of today’s hearing, Lambda Legal sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein urging them to oppose President Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, William Barr. The letter was authored by Lambda Legal and signed by multiple national, state, and local LGBT organizations.

Lambda Legal to Neomi Rao: “We Are Not A Trend”

(Washington, DC, January 15, 2019) – Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after BuzzFeed News reported on a series of Naomi Rao’s inflammatory writings:

Lambda Legal Commends New York for Passing Legislation Protecting Transgender People from Discrimination and Banning “Conversion Therapy”

(New York, NY -- January 15, 2018) - The New York legislature today passed two pro-LGBTQ bills, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and a law banning so-called “conversion therapy.” Lambda Legal issued the following statements:

LGBT Advocates Urge Eleventh Circuit to Uphold Lower Court Ruling to Provide Medical Care to Transgender Woman in Florida Prison

Late yesterday, eleven LGBT advocacy and legal services organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit urging the court to uphold the district court ruling in a case brought by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Florida, and global law firm DLA Piper LLP on behalf of Reiyn Keohane, a transgender woman incarcerated in a Miami prison who was denied medically necessary care by the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC).