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Fifth Circuit Unleashes Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law: Legal Team Will Continue Fight

(Jackson, June 22, 2017) — Today, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the injunction against Mississippi House Bill 1523, the discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation challenged in Barber v. Bryant, the federal lawsuit brought by Mississippi civil rights attorney Robert McDuff, the Mississippi Center for Justice and Lambda Legal.  The advocates will continue to fight this discriminatory law.

Lambda Legal and American Constitution Society Find States Fail to Measure the Diversity of Judges

(New York, NY, June 21, 2017)— States fail to collect basic information on the demographic and professional backgrounds of state judges, according to a new report released today by Lambda Legal and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS).

Staffing Up the Resistance: Lambda Legal Hires Attorney Sasha Buchert to Join Washington, DC Team

Washington, DC – Today, Lambda Legal announced the hiring of Sasha Buchert, who will join the organization’s Washington, DC office as a Staff Attorney. Prior to joining Lambda, Buchert was a staff attorney and policy counsel at the Transgender Law Center.

Lambda Legal Applauds Historic Nomination of First Openly LGBT Judge to New York High Court

(New York, June 15, 2017) — Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo made judicial history by nominating Associate Justice Paul Feinman to the New York Court of Appeals. He is the first openly LGBT person to serve on the state’s high court.

Lambda Legal Joins with 15 National LGBT Groups to Oppose the Confirmations of John K. Bush and Damien Schiff to the Federal Bench, Citing Nominees’ ‘Contempt’ for LGBT Americans

(June 12, 2017) Washington, DC – Today, Lambda Legal and 15 other national LGBT groups urged opposition to the confirmations of John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Damien Schiff to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, citing public statements and writings from both nominees and their repeated demonstration of “contempt for LGBT Americans, people living with HIV, women, and other vulnerable populations.”

Lambda Legal Files Appeal in Mississippi High Court to Secure Parental Status of Non-Biological Lesbian Mother

(Jackson, June 1, 2017) — Today, Lambda Legal and local counsel Dianne Ellis filed an appeal in the Mississippi Supreme Court on behalf of Christina Strickland, a non-biological lesbian mother denied legal parentage to children she and her now ex-wife planned for and raised together.

Lambda Legal Condemns Appointment of Abstinence-Only Leader to Key Position in Department of Health and Human Services

(Washington, DC, June 6, 2017) – Today, Valerie Huber, a leader in the movement against science-based and honest sex education in schools was appointed as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for Health for the US Department of Health and Human Services. 

Lambda Legal to Texas Legislature: Don’t Tempt Us to Sue You

(Austin, TX – June 6, 2017) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today announced he would be calling the Texas legislature into special session July 18 to complete unfinished business on the state budget. Inexplicably, among 18 other measures, Gov. Abbott also announced he would be including on the agenda for the special session reconsideration of misguided legislation driven by baseless fearmongering about transgender schoolchildren simply using the bathroom that matches who they are. Anti-LGBT legislation along these lines has been a key focus of Texas Lt. Gov.

Lambda Legal Commends Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission for Guidance Protecting LGBTQ People, Urges Adoption of Formal Rules

(May 30, 2017, Philadelphia, PA) – On Friday, Lambda Legal submitted comments to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission regarding proposed guidance concerning protections for LGBTQ people under Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act, and urged the Commission to adopt rules and regulations barring sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.

Antigay Employment Discrimination Case Advances to Full Second Circuit Court

(New York, May 25, 2017) —The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today granted en banc review in Zarda v. Altitude Express, the case of a New York skydiving instructor who was fired from his job because he was gay.