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Lambda Legal Mourns the Passing of Former Board Member Joan Garner

(Atlanta, GA)  Joan Garner, the first openly gay Fulton County Commissioner and former Lambda Legal board member, passed away yesterday, after a long battle with breast cancer. 

Simone Bell, Lambda Legal Southern Regional Director, issued the following statement:

"Lambda Legal is heartbroken at the news of Joan Garner’s passing. She was a dedicated member of Lambda Legal’s board and a dear friend to many.

Lambda Legal Files Federal Lawsuit in Idaho against Anti-Transgender Birth Certificate Policy

(Boise, ID, April 18, 2017) – Lambda Legal today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the State of Idaho’s refusal to allow transgender people to correct the gender on their birth certificates.

Lambda Legal and ACLU: ‘Trump Administration Continues to Abandon Transgender Americans’

(Raleigh, NC, April 14, 2017) – Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of North Carolina today condemned the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to dismiss its lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, the discriminatory North Carolina law that banned many transgender people from restrooms and other public facilities matching their gender and prohibited local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

Lambda Legal Mourns the Death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam

(New York, April 12, 2017) – After news reported the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman and Muslim to serve on New York’s highest court, Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation.

Lambda Legal Applauds New Nevada Law Requiring Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Agencies to Respect Gender Identity of Youth in Care

(Carson City, NV – April 11, 2017) – Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval today signed Assembly Bill 99, a bill that requires child welfare and juvenile justice agencies in Nevada to treat transgender children in their care in accordance with their gender identity.

Missouri Must Provide Health Care for Incarcerated Transgender Woman, Lambda Legal Tells Court

(St. Louis, MO, April 5 2017) — Yesterday, Lambda Legal asked a federal district court to order the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) and Corizon LLC (Corizon), which MDOC contracts to provide healthcare at its facilities, to provide medically necessary, doctor-recommended health care for the treatment of gender dysphoria for Jessica Hicklin, a 38-year-old transgender woman incarcerated at the Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point, Missouri.

Victory! Court Rules Boulder County Landlord Discriminated Against LGBT Family

(Denver, CO, April 5, 2017) – A federal district court judge today ruled that a Boulder County property owner violated both the federal Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act when she refused to rent a housing unit to Lambda Legal clients Rachel and Tonya Smith, a same-sex couple, one of whom is transgender, and their children, because she worried their “uniqueness” would jeopardize her standing in the community.

Lambda Legal Sues Puerto Rico for Anti-Transgender Birth Certificate Policy

(San Juan, PR, April 6, 2017) – Lambda Legal today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of three transgender Puerto Ricans and the LGBT rights organization Puerto Rico Para [email protected] to compel the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to allow transgender individuals to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates.

Landmark Federal Court Decision Extends Workplace Discrimination Protections to Lesbian and Gay People

(Chicago, IL, April 4, 2017) –In a groundbreaking, 8-3 decision, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates federal civil rights law.

Lambda Legal: ‘Judge Gorsuch’s Refusal to Correct his Anti-LGBT Record is Disqualifying’

(New York, NY, April 3, 2017) – Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to send Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination for the Supreme Court to the full Senate for a vote.