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A Whirlwind Season for Student Rights in New York

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Hayley Gorenberg

They showed up to learn. Instead they were spat upon and called vulgar names. They had their lockers vandalized and books urinated upon. They are our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

Court Denies Human Rights Law To NY Students

Posted 06.19.2012 | New York

The New York State Court Of Appeals ruled last week that the state's students cannot use The New York Human Rights Law-- which prohibits discriminatio...

Lila Shapiro

'They Want An Upgrade:' Gay Marriage Fight Comes To Illinois

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When Theresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos sought a marriage license in Illinois earlier this month, the Cook County Clerk's Office worker suggested a civ...

Federal Lawsuit Aims To Advance Gay Marriage In Nevada

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In what's been called "a strategic step" in the effort to advance marriage equality, Lambda Legal has filed a federal suit on behalf of eight Nevada-b...

WATCH: 'Sh*t Homophobic People Say'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Rick Perry, Marcus Bachmann and Ann Coulter are just a few of those quoted in Lambda Legal's new "Sh*t Homophobic People Say" video. While it may ...

When Ordinary People Say 'No' to Injustice

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Cathcart

Three ordinary people who stood up against injustice and became heroes died in the past two months. Lambda Legal was proud to represent each of them in court, winning victories that improved the lives of many.

Lambda Legal's Biggest LGBT Rights Victories Of 2011

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Cathcart

Across the country, Lambda Legal fought and won many key victories for LGBT people, people living with HIV, and their families. We're very proud of our accomplishments this year, which are summarized here.

A Very Good Day for Human Rights

Leslie Gabel-Brett | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Leslie Gabel-Brett

Just as President Obama released that memo and Secretary Clinton gave that U.N. speech, a federal appeals court in Georgia upheld a ruling that it is unconstitutional for the government to fire a transgender worker because it disapproves of her gender expression.

Victory After Victory: Lawrence v. Texas at 8

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Kevin Cathcart

Some of the effects of Lawrence were immediate: Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people could no longer be presumptively branded criminals and treated as such in public and private spheres. But many of its effects are still unfolding.

Amanda Terkel

Online Campaign Targets Employees Of Law Firm Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A progressive organization is targeting employees at the law firm King & Spalding with an online campaign aimed at preventing House Spea...

Amanda Terkel

Law Firm Backing Same-Sex Marriage Ban Faces Backlash

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of the LGBT legal community are seriously considering breaking ties with the firm King & Spalding in light of this week's news t...

Why We Need The Student Non-Discrimination Act

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 06.17.2011 | Education
Hayley Gorenberg

Too many schools around the country still allow the abuse of LGBT students to such a degree that Lambda Legal and our sister organizations can predict the fact patterns.

DOMA: What Will Congress Do?

Jon Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Davidson

The political backlash has already been furious -- and inaccurate. Instead of using time and taxpayer money to defend discrimination in court, Congress should put this bad law to rest by repealing it.

Legal Group Moves To Safeguard Rights Of Civil Unions

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A group that litigates for the rights of LGBT and HIV-positive people has started an online system to safeguard the rights of people in civil unions. ...

Prop 8 Trial Advisory: Watch at LA City Hall, LA Gay and Lesbian Center, C-SPAN, Online

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Karen Ocamb

It could all end Monday. All the angst, all the rage and heartbreak - the second class citizenship made official by California voters who stripped sam...

The Perils of 'Passing' as a Goal

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Hayley Gorenberg

I looked at this man who survived by trying to turn himself invisible. And I asked him, "At what cost?" Passing is unsustainable for an individual, and it is unsustainable for the health of society.

Gay Rights as Human Rights

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Hayley Gorenberg

None of us should be asked or forced to live our lives invisibly. Those that impose invisibility continue to feed the fear of the unknown -- and the well-documented and often tragic consequences that follow.

Support LGBTQ Youth: End Discrimination

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kevin Cathcart

While progress in Congress has ground to a halt and tragic anti-gay violence and teen suicides are all around us, this is a time to redouble our efforts.

Prop 8 Defender Flees Televised Discussion

Jon Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jon Davidson

While these events may not seem momentous, they are emblematic of a frightening strategy increasingly used by the opponents to equal rights for gay people.

New Media, Old Problem

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kevin Cathcart

Stories of teens driven to suicide by antigay taunting are all over the news and today is the day we stop ignoring the problem.

A Slow Death for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Jon Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Davidson

The roller-coaster events of this September illustrate the dangers for the LGBT community of relying too heavily on promises from our friends.

Defending Prop 8: The Meg Whitman, Steve Cooley Morass -- With Insight from Lambda Legal's Jon Davidson

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Karen Ocamb

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and attorney general candidate Steve Cooley recently said that they would defend Prop 8 in a federal trial, if elected and given the opportunity.

The Anti-Gay Litmus Test?

Jon Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Davidson

In opposing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, some members of the United States Senate are reaching back to the anti-gay political playbook of 2004.

Former Suburban School Chief FIRED For Being Gay, Panel Finds Evidence Of Discrimination

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Nearly four years ago, Bremen Community School District 228 Superintendent Rich Mitchell was fired after his contract had been extended through 2009. ...

Losing the Argument Over Marriage, Anti-Gay Forces Pound the Table

Evan Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Wolfson

The anti-gay diversion strategy should not obscure the truth of the matter: The reason smart lawyers like Charles Cooper don't give a better answer to why marriage discrimination should continue is that there isn't one.