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Charity and Fashion in Arms for Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2014 (VIDEO)

Daniel Garofali | Posted 04.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Garofali

Each year there are new faces joining the cause but what is most inspiring are the friends that I see every year with as much passion, commitment and determination in working to educate and improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.

A Fight for Recognition: The LGBT Community's Battle in Mozambique

Mathew Lasky | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Mathew Lasky

As gay Americans make headlines fighting for their marital rights, in Mozambique, and many other countries in Africa, the battle looks different and is much quieter.

State's Gay Marriage Ban Faces Big Court Challenge

AP | BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban by three gay couples is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday as a federal court...

LGBT Legal Progress: 1988 - 2038

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Much of the progress towards freedom and equality occurs in legislatures and courts, making a legal education a necessity. This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 25th anniversary conference of Lavender Law in San Francisco.

New Jersey Judge Presents Pointed Questions in Tangled Marriage Equality Case's Oral Arguments

Jacob Combs | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Jacob Combs

Judge Jacobson told the assistant attorney general that the recent decisions of several federal agencies not to consider couples in civil unions eligible for federal benefits pointed to the fact that those couples are not being treated equally, but she expressed concern about moving too quickly on the issue.

Carving LGBT Families Out of Immigration Protections: Wrong and Harmful

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Hayley Gorenberg

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and law professor David Strange made a wholly unfounded argument July 18, 2013, in The New York Times. Their attempt to carve LGBT families out of federal immigration protections is baseless and punitive.

Another Historic Week for Trans Civil Rights

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

First, the Senate committee overseeing ENDA passed the bill to the floor of the Senate without amendment. Then Mia Macy won a judgment from the DOJ in Macy v. Holder, and a settlement was reached in another trans discrimination case, this time at a private employer in Maryland.

The Quiet, Powerful Courage of Lambda Legal

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

In the vast universe of humanitarian organizations, few are committed to creating a world where freedom reigns for all while sidestepping narcissistic fanfare the way that Lambda Legal is.

Freedom to Work and the New LGBT Advocacy Paradigm

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

National organizations that are structured more like campaigns, or that serve one particular community or cause, along with the legal organizations and the research organizations, have been increasingly effective relative to the multi-issue organizations. The question is why.

Back Onboard for Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2013

Daniel Garofali | Posted 05.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Garofali

Just around the corner, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, JFC celebrates the 10th anniversary since the New York event was established, initially as an in-store event, by fashion pioneer and philanthropist, Jeffrey Kalinsky.

'I Would Support Same-Sex Marriage... but for the Children!'

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Geoffrey R. Stone

It is those who would deny same-sex couples the right to marry on the premise that same-sex marriage is bad for children who must bear the burden of proof. And it is a heavy burden, indeed.

LGBT and HIV Equality Is at the Heart of Immigration Reform

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 04.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

We cannot afford to have LGBT and HIV-affected immigrants living in the shadows. The threat of deportation creates significant public safety risks, because immigrants are more likely to be targeted for acts of violence.

Jeffrey: Where Fashion Really Does Care

Melissa Berkelhammer | Posted 04.07.2013 | New York
Melissa Berkelhammer

Last Tuesday, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, the annual fashion fundraiser benefiting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and those living with HIV/AIDS celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a kick-off cocktail event at the Jeffrey store

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 06.01.2012 | Gay 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 04.10.2012 | Gay 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 01.13.2012 | Gay 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 03.07.2012 | Gay 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 02.18.2012 | Gay 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 02.06.2012 | Gay 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.