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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 expressions of gender identity to health care discrimination. We have made legal history since day one, winning our right to incorporate. We then got to work using our knowledge of the law to fight for our community’s lives and dignity.
Wilkins v. Austin
Challenging the policy that prevents people living with HIV from enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces.
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.
Nonbinary & Transgender Rights
We work to expand and defend protections for nonbinary and transgender people who face rampant discrimination and are some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Police Misconduct & 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.
Stay up to date with court cases and policies that affect the LGBTQ+ community and people living with HIV.
November 30, 2023
Legal Advocates Urge Court to Strike Down Last Bar to Military Service for Those Living with HIV
Today, legal advocates urged a U.S. District Court to strike down the ban preventing people living with HIV from joining any branch of the U.S. Armed Services. The hearing on a motion for summary judgment came in Wilkins v. Austin, filed one year ago by Lambda Legal, Winston & Strawn LLP, Perkowski Legal, PC, and...
November 28, 2023
Lambda Legal and ACLU of Iowa File Lawsuit to Block Banned Books and “Don’t Say LGBTQ” Law
November 27, 2023
LGBTQ and Health Groups to Eleventh Circuit: Affirm Ruling Striking Down Florida’s Anti-Transgender Medicaid Ban
November 10, 2023
Oklahoma Families Appeal Ruling Denying Temporary Relief from Ban on Medical Care for Trans Youth
Featured blog posts
Our take on key court cases and policies that affect our community.