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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


Jonathan Adams - Communications Director
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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


Ian Wilhite - Washington DC Press Secretary

Ian Wilhite covers 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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Intersex-Affirming Hospital Policy Guide Published Following First U.S. Legislative Acknowledgement of Non-consensual Surgical Procedures on Intersex People

(New York, NY) — interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Lambda Legal, and Proskauer Rose LLP have released the nation’s first intersex-affirming hospital policy guide, offering concrete steps for medical providers to provide sensitive, non-discriminatory care to intersex patients. “Intersex” describes up to 1.7% of the population born with natural variations in chromosomes, hormones, or genitalia that transcend an outdated understanding of biological sex as a male/female binary.

Lambda Legal and American Oversight Sue HHS in Quest for Kavanaugh Documents

"With a confirmation vote fast approaching, time is running out to uncover Brett Kavanaugh's track record. It's imperative that the public and members of the Senate have a full and accurate picture of Kavanaugh's work in the Bush White House, but as it stands now, Kavanaugh's record is full of glaring holes.”

VICTORY! After Antigay Attack on Visitor to Rikers Island, New York City Government and Department of Correction Pays Victim $280K

"Today’s settlement sends a strong message that prison officers are not above the law.  No one – not an inmate or a visitor – forfeits the right to safety when passing through the gates of a jail or prison.  The attack on Thomas Hamm, a private citizen, was unnecessary and brutal and the cause was anti-gay violence and discrimination.”

Lambda Legal and 18 LGBT Organizations Urge Senate to Reject Stephen Clark, Another Anti-LGBT Trump Federal Court Nominee

“Clark’s shameless reliance on junk science to advance his ideologically driven litigation indicates that, like this President, he is someone who is willing to cast aside facts when they contradict his preferred outcome. That is the last thing we need in a federal judge.”

SUED! Lambda Legal is Taking Trump to Court for Kavanaugh Documents

(Washington, DC, September 4, 2018) – As the U.S. Senate today started the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Lambda Legal and American Oversight filed a lawsuit to compel the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to immediately produce records related to Kavanaugh’s work in the George W. Bush White House. The lawsuit, filed in U.S.

Victory! Lambda Legal Obtains Settlement for Oswego County Transgender Employee Denied Coverage for Transition-Related Care

(SYRACUSE, NY, August 23, 2018) - Today, Oswego County and the Oswego County Department of Social Services settled the lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of Sean Simonson, a retired transgender county employee who was denied health insurance coverage for his transition-related care.

The American People Deserve the Truth about Kavanaugh’s LGBTQ Record Before His Hearing Begins on September 4th

(Washington, DC, August 13, 2018) – Over the weekend, Lambda Legal filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for documents and communications related to Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, regarding his time serving as the White House Staff Secretary from 2003 to 2006. This request follows Senator Grassley’s announcement that he is moving ahead with Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, set to begin on September 4th. Kavanaugh has referred to his tenure as White House Staff Secretary as “the most instructive” years in his professional development.

Republican Leaders Put Kavanaugh on a Dangerous Fast Track to End Roe v. Wade, Affordable Healthcare, and LGBTQ Equality

(Washington, DC, August 10, 2018) – Today, Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced he is pushing ahead with a hearing for Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the National Archives release any documents concerning Kavanaugh to the public:

Lambda Legal CEO Rachel Tiven Resigns

Today, Lambda Legal announced that Rachel Tiven, CEO, will resign.

Civil Rights Organizations Urge Eighth Circuit to Accept Appeal of Man Who May Have Been Sentenced to Death Because He is Gay

(St. Louis, Missouri) Six civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, Lambda Legal, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National LGBT Bar Association, filed an amici brief today urging the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the appeal of Charles Rhines, a gay man on death row in South Dakota.