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Lambda Legal and ACLU Condemn North Carolina Lawmakers’ Failure to Repeal H.B. 2

RALEIGH –The North Carolina legislature today convened for a special session where it failed to pass a bill repealing H.B. 2, the state’s sweeping anti-LGBT law.

30-Year Sentence Thrown Out: Court Orders New Trial for HIV-Positive Man Accused Under Outdated Criminal Law

(St. Louis, December 20, 2016) — Today, the Missouri Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision and granted a new trial to Michael Johnson, an HIV-positive black gay man, who is currently serving 30 years in prison under an out-of-date law that criminalizes the sexual conduct of people living with HIV.

ACLU and Lambda Legal Comment on Expected Vote to Repeal HB2

RALEIGH – The Charlotte City Council voted today to repeal their LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in a move that could lead to the repeal of North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, H.B. 2.

Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law Reaches Fifth Circuit: Lambda Legal Joins Legal Advocates Filing Opening Briefs

(New York, NY, December 16, 2016) – Today legal advocates, now joined by Lambda Legal, are filing papers in Barber v. Bryant, the federal challenge brought by Mississippi civil rights attorney Robert McDuff and the Mississippi Center for Justice to HB 1523, Mississippi’s discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation that was enacted in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision granting marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.

Lambda Legal Echoes Call to Repeal H.B. 2 by North Carolina Governor-Elect Roy Cooper

Following Pat McCrory’s concession, yesterday North Carolina Governor-Elect Roy Cooper called upon the legislature to repeal House Bill 2, the state’s sweeping anti-LGBT measure. Lambda Legal, along with the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of North Carolina and the law firm of Jenner & Block, is challenging H.B. 2 in federal court on behalf of four LGBT North Carolinians and the ACLU of North Carolina.

Lambda Legal: Transgender Students Should Get to Use Restrooms While Case Proceeds

(Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 1, 2016) – Today Lambda Legal argued in federal district court that the Pine-Richland School District in suburban Pittsburgh should immediately suspend enforcement of a discriminatory policy that singles out transgender students and prevents them from using restrooms that match who they are. The school’s new rule – which reversed a longstanding, effective and inclusive restroom practice in the district – has sparked outrage nationwide and led three transgender students to file a lawsuit against the school district in federal court last month.

Lambda Legal Fights in Federal Court for Math Instructor Fired for Being Gay

(Chicago, IL, November 30, 2016) – Today, the full 11-member Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case of Lambda Legal client, Kimberly Hively, a lesbian math teacher who was repeatedly denied promotions and ultimately fired from her job after it became known that she was a lesbian. The case, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, has potential to change the landscape and protect LGBT employees across the country.

Lambda Legal Joins Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Healthcare Worker Fired for Being HIV Positive

(Austin, TX, November 29, 2016) – Lambda Legal today announced it will seek to join a federal discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against a Texas nursing facility that fired an employee after he disclosed he was living with HIV. Lambda Legal represented the employee, Michael Janssen, a certified nursing assistant, in his original complaint filed with the EEOC against Granite Mesa Health Center in Marble Falls, Texas. The EEOC issued a probable cause determination in August, 2015.

Lambda Legal Sues New York Dentist on Behalf of HIV-Positive Woman Denied Treatment

(New York, November 23, 2016) —Today Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of Yvette Brown, a Black woman who was subjected to discriminatory treatment by a Westchester dentist, Dr. Benjamin Kur, because of her HIV status.

Victory! After Violating Federal Law, State Department Ordered to Reconsider Passport for Intersex Veteran

(Denver, CO, November 22, 2016) – A District Court today ruled that the U.S. State Department violated federal law when it denied a passport to Lambda Legal client Dana Zzyym, a U.S. citizen and Navy veteran who is intersex. The State Department denied Dana’s passport application because Dana could not accurately choose either male or female on the application form, which does not provide any other gender marker designation.

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