Fact Sheet

Find Your State

Know the laws in your state that protect LGBT people and people living with HIV.
  • Preventing Censorship of LGBT Information in Public School Libraries

    This fact sheet is designed to ensure that students have access in their school libraries to LGBTQ materials (information related to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity).

  • Advocating for Insurance Coverage of Your Medical Needs

    Transgender Rights Toolkit: A Legal Guide for Trans People and Their Advocates. If you are denied insurance coverage for transition-related health care, consider taking these steps:

  • HIV Stigma and Discrimination in the U.S.:

    Almost thirty years after the first cases of infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were reported, ignorance and fear about HIV and bias against people affected by HIV continue to fuel stigma and discrimination in this country.

  • What Happened in Iowa

    On November 2, the marriage equality movement suffered a blow. Well-funded antigay groups succeeded in ousting from office three well-respected Iowa Supreme Court justices who were up for what should have been routine retention elections.

  • Equality from Coast to Coast

    Lambda Legal is the leading national legal organization dedicated to achieving full civil rights for LGBT people and people with HIV. Our high-impact cases and educational programs continue to secure new and expanded legal protections and amplify our message about equality.

  • What Does the Adoption Decision Mean for Me and My Family?

    On September 22, 2010, the Third District Court of Appeal issued a unanimous decision declaring that Florida's law prohibiting gay men and lesbians from adopting children is unconstitutional. See [Florida Dep't of Children and Families v. In re: Matter of Adoption of X.X.G. and N.R.G. (September 22, 2010)]. The State of Florida announced that it will not appeal that decision to the Florida Supreme Court. We have received several questions about what this case means for gay men and lesbians who want to adopt.

  • The IRS Applies "Income-Splitting" to California's Registered Domestic Partners and Same-Sex Spouses (and Now RDPs in Washington and Nevada, too!)

    Please take note:  On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.  For information about how this development may potentially affect married same-sex couples' federal taxes, click here.

  • Long-Term Care and People Living with HIV

    As a result of vast improvements in HIV treatment, more and more people with HIV are reaching retirement and enjoying the “golden years” that lie beyond. Sadly, however, some are facing discrimination as they seek living arrangements and long-term care services suitable for seniors.

  • Why HIV Privacy Laws Matter

    More than two decades have elapsed since the first HIV cases were identified in the United States, but the unfortunate reality is that there is still stigma associated with HIV. Too often, disclosure that a person has HIV wreaks havoc on that person’s life.

  • Know Your Rights: LGBTQ Youth and Youth Living with HIV in Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Systems

    Youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) or living with HIV have basic rights.