Media Briefing on Lambda's Top Concerns in the South and Nationwide

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January 28, 2002

(ATLANTA) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund invites news reporters, editors, and producers to a February 1 media breakfast briefing about Lambda’s top civil rights concerns for lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS in the South and around the country.

The losses of September 11 have reminded America of the importance of safety nets for family members. Lambda’s focus this year is on securing protections for gay family relationships, including for surviving partners of September 11 victims, youth, and ending anti-gay government actions. Current efforts on these issues and the outlook for Lambda’s precedent-setting litigation and public policy work will be the highlighted at the briefing.

The briefing on Friday, February 1, at 10:00 a.m. will be hosted by Lambda Executive Director Kevin M. Cathcart, Legal Director Ruth E. Harlow, and Southern Regional Director Hector Vargas.

Cathcart will moderate the event, which will open with a short video presentation about some of Lambda’s clients, “Winning the Case for Equality.” Cathcart also will introduce Gregory Nevins, Lambda’s newest staff attorney in the Atlanta-based Southern Regional Office (SRO).

The SRO is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

“Lambda is proud to keep growing along with continued advances in the South for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS,” Cathcart said before the briefing.

“But we still receive daily, desperate calls for help–from parents torn from their children, young people harassed and denigrated at school, good workers fired from their jobs–and they tell us there is still much to be done to end discrimination in this region,” he said.

Harlow and Vargas will describe national and regional trends and Lambda’s legal and policy priorities.

Lambda is the oldest and largest legal organization dedicated to the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS. In addition to its office in Atlanta, Lambda has its headquarters in New York, and other regional offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. Lambda’s South Central Regional Office will open in Dallas in mid-2002.

WHAT: Lambda media briefing about national and southern civil rights concerns for lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS. WHO: Executive Director Kevin Cathcart, Legal Director Ruth Harlow, Southern Regional Director Hector Vargas, and Staff Attorney Gregory Nevins WHERE: The Georgian Terrace, Conference Room No. 5, 659 Peachtree Street, Atlanta WHEN: Friday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m.

Please RSVP to Jennifer Grissom at 212-809-8585 ext. 231 or 1-888-987-1976

Contact: Peg Byron, 212-809-8585, ext 230 or 888-987-1984 or on Feb. 1, 917-673-5423



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