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Where progress is won
Lambda Legal’s lawyers have won precedent-setting civil rights cases on everything from marriage equality to gender identity to health care discrimination. But we never set out to make legal history. We simply wanted to use our knowledge of the law to fight for our community’s lives and dignity. That’s what we’ve done for five decades and counting—until all of us are treated equally.
Our areas of expertise
There is no one LGBTQ+ or HIV+ experience in America. That’s why Lambda Legal’s standard-shifting work in litigation, public policy, and education spans a range of issues that touch nearly every aspect of our lives.
We fight back when members of our community are fired, harassed, and targeted at work because they are LGBTQ+ or HIV+.
We combat the growing attacks on fair courts that threaten hard-won LGBTQ+ rights. Because our courts should make decisions based on constitutional and legal principles—not politics.
We defend the legal rights of same-sex couples and their families, from marriage equality to domestic partnership benefits to parent-child relationships.
We break down the barriers between our community and the health care they need, from medical discrimination to violations of personal autonomy.
We won the nation’s first HIV discrimination lawsuit—and since then, we’ve been fighting to maintain and expand protections for Americans living with HIV.
We fight for humane immigration policies that are inclusive of LGBTQ+ people and their unique legal needs.
Police Misconduct and Criminal Justice
We stand up to law enforcement that targets and abuses LGBTQ+ and HIV+ people by challenging unfair criminal laws and seeking recourse when our rights are violated.
We fight back when religious freedom is wrongly used as a license to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people and those living with HIV.
We defend the LGBTQ+ and HIV+ seniors who face discrimination, whether they’re refused housing or denied Social Security and other survivor benefits.
We work to ensure all LGBTQ+ youth are safe and free from discrimination and harassment, whether they’re in the hallways at school or in out-of-home care settings.
We work to expand and defend protections for transgender people who face rampant discrimination and are some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Stay up to date with court cases and policies that affect the LGBTQ+ community and people living with HIV.
March 20, 2023
<strong>Supreme Court Must Reject West Virginia’s Effort to Deny a 12-Year-Old Girl Her Right to Play</strong>
Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of West Virginia urged the United States Supreme Court to reject an effort by West Virginia’s Attorney General to block a 12-year-old transgender girl from continuing to participate in school sports with her peers. In a March 9 filing, Attorney General Patrick Morrissey asked the...
March 15, 2023
Lambda Legal, GLSEN, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, National Black Justice Coalition, National LGBTQ Task Force, Major Social Justice Organizations Condemn House Republicans’ Censure Motion Against Rep. Mauree Turner
March 9, 2023
<strong>LGBTQ+ Advocates Respond to West Virginia’s Latest Attack on Transgender Youth</strong>
March 7, 2023
Lambda Legal to 4th Circuit: Affirm Ruling Striking West Virginia Medicaid Ban on Gender-Affirming Care
Featured blog posts
Our take on key court cases and policies that affect our community.
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Lambda Legal Fought For My Right To Be A Foster Parent
November 17, 2022
In My Own Words: “No one should be denied medically necessary care because of who they are.”
November 17, 2022
Let’s Foster a World Where Queer Youth Can Proudly Scream—Not Just Say—“Gay” and “Trans”