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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


Graciela Gonzalez – Senior Public Information Officer
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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:
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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 Partners with State Civil Rights Organizations to Oppose Anti-LGBT Fourth Circuit Court Nominee Allison Rushing

(Washington, DC – Oct. 16, 2018) Lambda Legal joined LGBT civil rights organizations Equality North Carolina and Free State Legal, Maryland’s LGBTQ Advocates to urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the nomination of Allison Rushing to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Lambda Legal Sues Kansas Over Discriminatory Anti-Transgender Policy: “Kansas is out of step with the rest of America.”

“By not allowing transgender people like me to correct our birth certificates, the state complicates every aspect of our lives”

Kansas City, Kansas (Oct. 15, 2018) — Today Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit challenging Kansas’s refusal to correct the gender marker on Kansas birth certificates for transgender individuals. Kansas is one of just three states, along with Tennessee and Ohio, which has yet to change this extremely regressive and outdated policy.

New National Coalition Launches Campaign for Sexual Health Rights of Youth in State Custody

Advocates call widespread lack of sexual health care, despite high rates of STIs and sexual abuse, an ethical and public health failure

In response to today’s Huffington Post article that discussed some of Lambda Legal’s recent internal changes, the Board of Directors issued the following statement

We want to acknowledge that the challenges that Lambda Legal faces are real, and we have been and will continue to be hard at work addressing them. In the last two years, we had a change in leadership, created a DC office, made necessary but painful changes to employee benefits, saw the creation of an employee union, and we had more staff turnover than we would like.

Lambda Legal Speaks Out Against Senate Confirmation of Eric Dreiband to Lead DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

(Washington, DC – Oct. 11, 2018) Today Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, and former senior career Civil Rights Division official, issued the following statement:

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN to Ninth Circuit: Don’t Breathe Life into Discriminatory Transgender Military Ban

“Courts across the country have swatted down implementation of this dangerous and discriminatory ban: There is no defensible reason to resurrect it now.”

Lambda Legal Brings Together 27 National, State and Local LGBT Organizations to Oppose Anti-LGBT Circuit Court Nominees Eric Murphy & Chad Readler

(Washington, DC – Oct. 9, 2018) Lambda Legal brought together 27 national, state and local LGBT civil rights organizations to urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the confirmations of Eric Murphy and Chad Readler to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lambda Legal Decries Kavanaugh Vote & Republican Manipulation of Confirmation Process

“While profoundly frustrated and outraged, we are not surprised by this outcome, which is yet another example of the lengths to which this Republican-controlled Senate is prepared to go in order to pack the courts with ideological extremists who will promote the ‘values’ of the Trump-Pence administration.”

Lambda Legal Appeals to Senate to Vote No on Kavanaugh

“Lambda Legal continues to implore all Senators to listen to their consciences and vote 'no' when the final up-or-down vote occurs on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court. Every Senator must decide whether they will be able to look in the mirror every day after the final vote and know in their hearts that they have done what is right for the county.”

(Washington, DC – Oct. 5, 2018) Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, issued the following statement:

Victory! Hawai`i Supreme Court Upholds Parenting Rights and Responsibilities of Married Same-Sex Couples

“The Court affirmed that marriage is marriage, with all the rights and responsibilities that come with it. A child does not have fewer rights than other children simply because he has same-sex parents.”

(Honolulu, HI, October 5, 2018) – The Supreme Court of Hawai‘i yesterday affirmed a lower court ruling that, just like other spouses, same-sex spouses must be treated as the presumed parents of children born during their marriage, with equal rights and equal responsibilities, including legal parentage and child support.