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Lambda Legal Defense And Education Fund Inc

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Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Public Interest Law

Mission: The lambda legal defense and education fund, inc. Is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and anyone with hiv through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Programs: Legal programduring 2017, lambda legal was active in litigation, legislation, policy, and advocacy efforts at the federal and state level, furthering the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and everyone living with hiv. This work builds of decades of legal action and advocacy that has secured major rights advances for lgbt people in the u. S. We responded to 6,502 calls to our legal help desk. We made major advances in securing employment discrimination protection for lgbt people. We won a historic ruling from the full seventh circuit court of appeals, holding that title vii the civil rights act does cover lesbian, gay, and bisexual people through its prohibition against sex discrimination. We appealed a second title vii case to the supreme court, which declined to hear it; and argued a third before the full second circuit court of appeals. Meanwhile, we also took steps to protect the employment rights of transgender people and people living with hiv. We sued the trump administration over its transgender military ban, and won a nationwide preliminary injunction, ensuring that transgender americans would be able to continue to serve and begin to enlist as the litigation continues. We filed suit on behalf of an hiv-positive deputy sheriff whose employment offer was withdrawn when his hiv status became known. The military ban case is one of many actions we took in 2017 to protect the rights of transgender people. Other actions included the settlement of our case against north carolina for its anti-trans law barring transgender people from using public bathrooms; the settlement of a pennsylvania case on behalf of high school students denied access to appropriate bathrooms; the filing of a similar challenge on behalf of a florida student seeking the right to use the bathroom; and the filing of lawsuits in puerto rico and idaho challenging those states' refusal to let transgender people correct their birth certificates. In addition, we sued the missouri department of corrections on behalf of an incarcerated transgender woman who was being denied medically necessary treatment. In addition to litigation work on transgender rights issues, we partnered with transgender legal defense & education fund to collaborate on their name change project. The projects provides free legal name-change services to low-income transgender people; tldef runs the project in new york and lambda legal joined the project to help develop the initiative in atlanta. We won a significant fair housing act ruling in colorado on behalf of a transgender, lesbian family denied housing, and we continued litigating a case in which we are seeking to hold accountable a senior living facility for the harassment and violence a lesbian resident endured at the hands of other residents. Amidst efforts by opponents of lgbt rights to undermine the full promise of marriage equality won in the 2015 obergefell decision, we continued to defend those rights in several lawsuits. These included a case in florida where we affirmed the right to be properly recognized on death certificates; a case in texas where we are fighting to protect the equal provision of employee benefit coverage; a case in hawaii where we are establishing that the full rights and responsibilities of marriage also includes child support obligations; and a case in mississippi where we insisted that a non-biological parent has the same rights in same-sex marriages as in opposite-sex marriages

education & public affairs programlambda legal provides information and resources to a wide audience across many channels throughout the year. In 2017, we published two major reports: safe haven: closing the gap between recommend practice and reality for transgender and gender-expansive youth in out-of-home care, the first comprehensive analysis of state laws and policies to protect transgender and gender non-conforming youth in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and runaway and homeless youth systems; and justice out of balance, which focused on how the election of judges and the stark lack of diversity on state courts threaten lgbt rights. We maintain a robust online presence that provides comprehensive resources, timely news, analysis, and commentary across multiple platforms. These include our website, which in 2017 had 1,172,495 visitors; and facebook, twitter, instagram, and youtube social media channels, where hundreds of pieces of content reach over a million or more people every week. Our media team produces hundreds of press releases a year, regularly speaks with a broad range of reporters to keep them informed on lgbt rights issues, and generates tens or thousands of news stories annually. Lambda legal attorneys and other staff speak at dozens of conferences every year, providing insight and information on the latest lgbt rights developments.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lambda Legal is by far the most effective and best LGBT legal counsel. I also believe they are the best LGBT organizations in the country. After working with several LBGT organizations I can say that many of them are good but Lambda Legal is the best. Our experience with Lambda Legal far exceeded our expectations. We can never thank them enough for everything they did for our family and all they do for so many people every day. As plaintiffs in the Varnum v. Brien case we experienced an amazing journey. Whenever I have the chance I share my joys of Lambda Legal. Any donation made to them is well used.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with many non-profit organizations over the years. I can say without reservation that Lambda Legal offers donors the most return on their investments. The organization runs leanly and efficiently. The group's cost of fundraising is even less than the Charity Navigator suggests because the accounting form on which Charity Navigator relies for its rating fails to reflect Lamda Legal's extensive and extremely valuable partnerships with private lawyers and law firms across the country by which it receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in donated legal services at no cost at all. What is more, in my personal opinion, the organization has done more than any other LGBT and HIV/AIDS advocacy group to advance equal rights. It has also become the "go to" advocacy organization for media and the Obama Administration as can be seen by regular reference to Lambda Legal in the largest media oulets, such as the NY Times, and by virtue of the changes we have seen in the Obama Administration's approach to relationship recognition for non-married couples in health care and, most recently, in its decision to stop defending DOMA.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have found that Lambda Legal is very effective in deploying resources wisely to achieve the maximum impact possible. Lambda Legal puts its resources into its mission (no fancy offices) and has staff that are tremendously dedicated. The staff and board work well together and there is a large group of volunteers nationally that help the organization generate funds and conduct impact litigation. Lambda Legal is a well-run nonprofit and I'm happy to donate to it, knowing it will put my donations to good work.