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Read the latest news about Lambda Legal, one of the nation's leading nonprofits dedicated to equality litigation. Under the leadership of Kevin Cathcart, who has served as executive director of Lambda Legal since 1992, the organization has helped achieve historic victories in the fight for LGBT rights, including its argument before the Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which established the right to sexual intimacy for gay Americans. Learn more about this gay legal organization that has also launced the Foster Care Initiative for lesbian and gay youth, as well as the Marriage Project and Transgender Rights Project.

1973: When the LGBTQ+ Movement Caught Fire

Stonewall shook the establishment, but four years later (and 50 years ago), queer rights started to take over the mainstream.

NASCAR Racer Zach Herrin Wears His Gay Identity Proudly

The out motorsports contender found sponsors turning their back on him — until one of the most influential LGBTQ+ organizations took his phone call.

On World AIDS Day, We Must Recommit Ourselves to Eradicating Stigma

There is much work that remains to fight stigma, especially in communities of color.

Jennifer C. Pizer Named Lambda Legal's Chief Legal Officer

Pizer, who joined Lambda Legal in 1996, previously held the post on an acting basis.

Trans Teacher's Discrimination Suit Settled With Maryland School Board

For years, Jennifer Eller suffered from degrading insults within the school system where she taught because of her gender identity.

LGBTQ+ Groups & Florida Families Sue Over “Don’t Say Gay” Law

Lambda Legal, Southern Poverty Law Center, and others filed a suit against what they say is Florida's harmful anti-LGBTQ+ law.

LGBTQ+ Progress Under Biden Major But Incomplete, Says New Report

Lambda Legal's analysis of the president's first year praises advancements made for LGBTQ+ Americans but recommends further actions.

Alaska Allows Medicaid to Cover Gender-Affirming Health Care

Following a lawsuit, the red state begrudgingly changes its policy.

West Virginians Sue Over State Ban on Gender-Affirming Health Coverage

West Virginia's Medicaid program and its state employee health plan both refuse to pay for gender-confirmation care.

State Dept. Quits Fight Over Citizenship of Same-Sex Couples' Kids

The department had failed to recognize the citizenship of children born abroad to same-sex couples who are U.S. citizens.

Same-Sex Partners Win Right to Social Security Survivor Benefits

Those turned down for survivor's benefits because they were unable to legally marry should have access to the benefits, a federal judge rules.

Antigay State Dept. Must Grant Citizenship to Same-Sex Couple's Child

The State Department is wrong to consider children born "out of wedlock" if they're born abroad to married same-sex couples, a federal judge rules.

Courts Deliver Two Victories for Trans Americans

One court affirms trans students' right to use the restroom matching their gender identity; another strikes down Idaho's ban on gender changes on birth certificates.

LGBTQ+ Groups Sue Over Trump's Health Care Discrimination Rule

The new rule revoking ACA antidiscrimination provisions interferes with the right of everyone to receive health care free of bias, the suit states.

Court Orders State Dept. to Reconsider Passport for Intersex Vet

Dana Zzyym wants a passport with an X gender marker, which the State Department has refused to issue during a five-year court battle.

A Third of Trump Judicial Appointees Are Anti-LGBTQ

Lambda Legal reports a quarter of appellate judges are now Trump appointees. That's bad news for LGBTQ people.

Lambda Legal Takes Trans Youth Rights Battle to Appeals Court

The group wants a lower court ruling in favor of Drew Adams's right to use the boys' restroom affirmed.

Kansas to Allow Gender Marker Change on Birth Certificates

The change comes after trans Kansans represented by Lambda Legal filed suit.

12 Laws Needed by the LGBTQ Community Right Now

The special guests of Lambda Legal's West Coast Liberty Awards discuss legislative goals.