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Lambda Legal Midwest Region Stay connected to Lambda Legal's Midwest regional news, cases, events, and updates through our Midwest Regional Office and page! Lambda Legal is the oldest national organization pursuing high-impact litigation, public education and advocacy on behalf of equality and civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV.
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The work we do has impact on the way we live — we change laws, policies and ideas. Our legal and public education experts select the cases and issues that will have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV.

The work we do has impact on the way we live — we change laws, policies and ideas. Our legal and public education experts select the cases and issues that will have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV.

Mission: Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

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Lambda Legal is celebrating State Senator Heather Steans of Chicago who is stepping down from the Illinois General Assem...
01/29/2021
Lambda Legal Celebrates Senator Heather Steans, Stalwart of LGBTQ Civil Rights in Illinois

Lambda Legal is celebrating State Senator Heather Steans of Chicago who is stepping down from the Illinois General Assembly on Sunday. She has spent the past 12 years as an ally and supporter of the LGBTQ community, working to make Illinois’ LGBTQ community safer and stronger.

Photo https://www.facebook.com/SenatorSteans/

Click below to read our post.
https://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20210129_lambda-celebrates-senator-steans

“Illinois’ LGBTQ community is stronger, and our state is a more equal place thanks to Senator Heather Steans.” Photo: facebook/senatorsteans

Lambda Legal's clients respond to the lifting of the transgender military ban. Today we celebrate them and other transge...
01/26/2021

Lambda Legal's clients respond to the lifting of the transgender military ban. Today we celebrate them and other transgender individuals who now get to serve the nation as their true selves.

During his 2020 campaign, Biden announced his plan to reverse the discriminatory ban on open military service by transge...
01/25/2021
Lambda Legal Applauds as President Biden Rescinds Transgender Military Ban

During his 2020 campaign, Biden announced his plan to reverse the discriminatory ban on open military service by transgender people. Biden is honoring that commitment and is set to sign an executive order today removing the ban.

Lambda Legal has been fighting this ban for the past 3 years, filing a lawsuit on behalf of six currently serving members of the armed services and two who seek to enlist.

Lambda Legal recognizes the significance of this decision for transgender rights. While there is still more work to do, this victory cannot be overlooked.

Click our post below to see more:
https://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20210125_biden-rescinds-transgender-military-ban

President Biden honored a commitment he made during the 2020 campaign and announced the rescission of the discriminatory ban on open military service by transgender people. Lambda Legal and Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) have been fighting for three years to block the ban, filing a...

Celebrating Biden’s Nomination for Secretary of HHSLambda legal is thrilled at the appointment of Rachel L. Levine as as...
01/19/2021
Lambda Legal Celebrates Biden Nomination of Dr. Rachel L. Levine as Assistant Secretary of HHS

Celebrating Biden’s Nomination for Secretary of HHS

Lambda legal is thrilled at the appointment of Rachel L. Levine as assistant secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Levine is the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed official.

Click below to Lambdas Legal’s CEO, Kevin Jennings, issued statement:
https://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20210119_lambda-celebrates-nomination-of-dr-levine-hhs

If confirmed, Dr. Levine will be the first Senate-confirmed official in United States government who is openly transgender.

Victory! Federal court rules in Lambda Legal lawsuit that the Trump Administration’s executive order banning workplace d...
12/23/2020
VICTORY! Judge Halts Implementation of Ban on Speech about Systemic Racism, Sexism, and Implicit Bias

Victory! Federal court rules in Lambda Legal lawsuit that the Trump Administration’s executive order banning workplace diversity training is unconstitutional.
Today’s win is a victory for all federal contractors and grantees nationwide!

Click below to view our press release:

A federal judge issued an order barring the Trump administration from prohibiting trainings that discuss structural racism and sexism.

We are excited to share and celebrate yesterday's BIG victory in Ohio!Transgender people born in Ohio will be able to co...
12/17/2020
Victory! Federal Court Strikes Down Ohio’s Anti-Transgender Birth Certificate Policy

We are excited to share and celebrate yesterday's BIG victory in Ohio!
Transgender people born in Ohio will be able to correct their birth certificates, ensuring these vital documents match their gender identities! This is HUGE news for the LGBTQ community. From applying for a job to finding a home, we all need accurate birth certificates. For trans people, this is especially true – ensuring access to basic rights while also being able to live authentically. Click the link below to read our press release:

“Courts across the country have overwhelmingly determined these archaic and harmful laws are unconstitutional and today we are closer than ever to eradicating them once and for all.”

12/01/2020

This Giving Tuesday and World AIDS Day we recognize the damage done by the Trump Administration to LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. We see a better future under the Biden-Harris administration but there is still a lot of work ahead. In order to continue this fight and undo all the harm the Trump administrations has caused, we need your support.

We must continue the fight for the Affordable Care Act and ensure it includes comprehensive HIV care and ensures people with HIV get equal access to healthcare providers.

Will you help us reach our goal of $50,000?

Please join us for Giving Tuesday, our largest single day of online fundraising for the year. This year Giving Tuesday a...
12/01/2020

Please join us for Giving Tuesday, our largest single day of online fundraising for the year. This year Giving Tuesday also falls on an important day for Lambda Legal, World AIDS Day. We’re continuing to fight hard to preserve our wins and resist our opponents’ efforts to turn back the clock on equality for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV.

We’re calling on our supporters to help us reach our $15,000 Facebook fundraising goal for Giving Tuesday, with a total goal of 50,000!

No amount is too small, and every little bit helps. We hope you’ll consider helping us keep the fight going well into 2021 and beyond.

Link to give: https://www.facebook.com/donate/388817005694648/10158924302811703/

Thank you to all our friends who joined us for last night’s Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration! Even though we couldn’t...
10/22/2020
We’re Here BON FOSTER

Thank you to all our friends who joined us for last night’s Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration! Even though we couldn’t gather together in person, you helped raise more than $500,000 for Lambda Legal – proving we are still united in our commitment to equality for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV.

If you were unable to join us, be sure to watch the event on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWidEeDq7kI&feature=youtu.be

We still need your help! Next week, Judge Amy Coney Barret is expected to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, moving an already conservative court further right. We have a lot of work ahead of us. If you haven’t yet had a chance to give or would like to make an additional gift – it’s not too late!

Click here to make your gift to Lambda Legal now in support of Bon Foster and have that gift doubled, thanks to a generous matching gift from Barb Wilcox and Peg Leonard! https://support.lambdalegal.org/site/Donation2?8961.donation=form1&df_id=8961&mfc_pref=T

We’ve won against conservative courts before, and with your help we will do so again. Thank you for your unwavering support and generosity.

The Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration is the marquee event for Chicago’s LGBTQ community. Robert “Bon” Foster was a powerful voice in Chicago in the early ...

Mona Noriega has served as a leader in Chicago’s LGBTQ community for nearly four decades: creating safe spaces for queer...
10/22/2020
Tribute to Mona Noriega, 2020 Lambda Legal Honoree

Mona Noriega has served as a leader in Chicago’s LGBTQ community for nearly four decades: creating safe spaces for queer families in the 80s, co-founding Amigas Latinas, bringing the Gay Games to Chicago, serving in two Mayoral Administration, championing trans-inclusive policies and, of course, first opening Lambda Legal’s first Midwest Office. Our community is better thanks to Mona, which is why we were proud to honor her at the 2020 Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration in Chicago. Mona Noriega has served as a leader in Chicago’s LGBTQ community for nearly four decades: creating safe spaces for queer families in the 80s, co-founding Amigas Latinas, bringing the Gay Games to Chicago, serving in two Mayoral Administration, championing trans-inclusive policies and, of course, first opening Lambda Legal’s first Midwest Office. Our community is better thanks to Mona, which is why we were proud to honor her at the 2020 Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration in Chicago.

Mona Noriega has served as a leader in Chicago’s LGBTQ community for nearly four decades: creating safe spaces for queer families in the 80s, co-founding Ami...

Tonight's the night, friends! Please join us at 6pm CT for the Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration by logging in to www....
10/21/2020
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Tonight's the night, friends! Please join us at 6pm CT for the Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration by logging in to www.lambdalegalevents.com! With a vacancy on the Supreme Court and an upcoming election, the stakes have never been higher for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. We need you with us tonight!

You will hear from Kevin Jennings, CEO, and Camilla Taylor, Director of Constitutional Litigation to learn how Lambda Legal is fighting back in the face of the current threats to the progress of our movement. We will also honor Mona Noriega for her years of leadership and advocacy for LGBTQ people in Chicago and nationwide.

You won't want to miss queer star studded appearances by Lea DeLaria from Orange is the New Black, Alyssa Edwards from RuPaul's Drag Race, and Chicago's very own Abby McEnany from Work in Progress.

Finally, longtime Chicago supporters, Barb Wilcox and Peg Leonard, are challenging all our supporters with a matching gift. They will DOUBLE any new gifts for tonight’s event, so please attend and give generously!

See you tonight!

#WeAreHere #FromFearToFightingBack

The Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration is the marquee event for Chicago’s LGBTQ community. Robert “Bon” Foster was a powerful voice in Chicago in the early days of the HIV epidemic, opposing injustice and resisting discrimination. Our annual event honors his selfless act to bequeath his estat...

The Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration is TOMORROW! We’re so excited to celebrate with you virtually. Tomorrow, you’ll ...
10/20/2020
Bon Foster

The Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration is TOMORROW! We’re so excited to celebrate with you virtually. Tomorrow, you’ll see some amazing celeb appearances including Lea DeLaria from Orange is the New Black, Abby McEnany from Work in Progress, and Alyssa Edwards from RuPaul’s Drag Race! And you’ll hear directly from our staff and attorneys on the incredible progress Lambda Legal has made in its fight for equality, and what is at stake. Lambda Legal is here for you always, and we won’t back down. Join us TOMORROW night to celebrate and learn more! #BonFoster #FromFearToFightingBack

https://www.lambdalegal.org/bonfoster

*New Date* Robert "Bon" Foster was a powerful voice in Chicago in the early days of the HIV epidemic, opposing injustice and resisting discrimination. Our annual event honors his selfless act to bequeath his estate to found Lambda Legal's Chicago office in 1993.

Over the past four years, we’ve fought daily as the Trump administration has mounted attacks against LGBTQ people, peopl...
10/19/2020
From Fear to Fighting Back — Lambda Legal

Over the past four years, we’ve fought daily as the Trump administration has mounted attacks against LGBTQ people, people living with HIV, people of color, women, disabled people, immigrants, youth, and poor people. It is imperative that we do everything we can to fight for our rights. Our very survival depends on it. Check out our new #FromFearToFightingBack campaign page. And don't forget to register for the Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration on Wednesday!

LGBTQ & HIV+ people are under attack in the 2020 Election season. We're fighting back.

Bon Foster is coming up THIS WEDNESDAY! We can’t wait to see you, Chicago! If you haven’t registered yet, be sure to reg...
10/19/2020
Bon Foster

Bon Foster is coming up THIS WEDNESDAY! We can’t wait to see you, Chicago! If you haven’t registered yet, be sure to register here:

https://www.lambdalegal.org/bonfoster

*New Date* Robert "Bon" Foster was a powerful voice in Chicago in the early days of the HIV epidemic, opposing injustice and resisting discrimination. Our annual event honors his selfless act to bequeath his estate to found Lambda Legal's Chicago office in 1993.

Special THANK YOU to Pride Candle Company for your generous donation of Pride Candles to all Bon Foster donors at the $5...
10/15/2020

Special THANK YOU to Pride Candle Company for your generous donation of Pride Candles to all Bon Foster donors at the $5,000 Amicus level and above! Also, we are thrilled to announce that Pride Candle Company is donating 10% of all of its Q4 proceeds to Lambda Legal. This is an incredible company that promotes LGBTQ equality in every part of its business. Thank you, Pride Candle Company!

Guess what, Chicago! Illinois native and out actress/comedian Lea DeLaria from Orange is the New Black will join Lambda ...
10/14/2020
Bon Foster

Guess what, Chicago! Illinois native and out actress/comedian Lea DeLaria from Orange is the New Black will join Lambda Legal for the 2020 Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration on October 21st! Bon Foster will also feature a special performance from the beloved Alyssa Edwards, drag performer from the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race! With the upcoming election and the potential for Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, the stakes have never been higher for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. We need your support NOW! Register below to join Lea, Alyssa, and others in the fight for equality for all people. www.lambdalegal.org/bonfoster.

Fantastic news! Lambda Legal Guardian Society Members, Peg Leonard and Barb Wilcox, have issued a challenge to all our C...
10/13/2020

Fantastic news! Lambda Legal Guardian Society Members, Peg Leonard and Barb Wilcox, have issued a challenge to all our Chicago-area supporters for this year’s Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration on October 21. They will match every gift made between now and October 21, dollar-for-dollar, for Bon Foster. THIS IS HUGE! Thanks to their generosity and that of other Guardian Society members, you can give right now and immediately double your impact – ensuring Lambda Legal has the resources to take on the tremendous challenges our community is facing. So make your gift now, and then join us virtually at 6pm CT on October 21 as we continue to fight for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. www.lambdalegal.org/bonfoster

Thank you to our amazing Bon Foster Host Committee! These wonderful activists and supporters have worked so hard to make...
10/12/2020
Bon Foster

Thank you to our amazing Bon Foster Host Committee! These wonderful activists and supporters have worked so hard to make sure our virtual Bon Foster feels like home. We can’t wait to see you at Bon Foster!

EVENT CO-CHAIRS: Susan Blake & Pat Ewert / Julius Carter / Tim & Patryk Carwinski / Channyn Lynn Parker

HOST COMMITTEE: Duke Alden / Azar Alexander / Diane Bell & Shawna Van Trease / Myles & Precious Brady Davis / Levizadik Buckins & John Drosick / Bob Cohn / Doug Curtis / MK Czerwiec & Cindy Homan / Daniel Ebner & Ray Prather / Nima Gharavi & Robert Planthold / Roderick Hawkins / Jordan Heinz / Jane Jarcho & Miriam Pickus / Ray Koenig & Johnny Song / Franco La Marca / Abel León / Jorge Leon & Rob Halambeck / William Libit & Duane Lisowski / Brian May & Kirk Moore / Chris Moses & Rudy Mayer / Jim Miedema & Peter Garzelloni / Craig Nadborne & Michael Spencer / Mike Narciso / Tim O'Keefe / Robert Ollis & Richard Gibbons / Peter Olson & Howard Suskin / Jason Pesick / Dawid Piwinski / Jack Schwab & Dave Sandelin / Tom Sinkovic / Roy Wesley & Mark Weber
www.lambdalegal.org/bonfoster

*New Date* Robert "Bon" Foster was a powerful voice in Chicago in the early days of the HIV epidemic, opposing injustice and resisting discrimination. Our annual event honors his selfless act to bequeath his estate to found Lambda Legal's Chicago office in 1993.

At this year’s Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration, we’re honoring a woman who has been on the front lines of the LGBTQ+...
10/09/2020

At this year’s Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration, we’re honoring a woman who has been on the front lines of the LGBTQ+ movement here in Chicago since the 1970s. Mona Noriega's activism has touched all of our lives. She’s made our city a better place for all. Join us in honoring Mona at Bon Foster on October 21: https://www.lambdalegal.org/bonfoster

Meet 1/4 of our Bon Foster Co-Chair squad: Channyn Lynne Parker!Channyn is an advocate, public speaker and community-cen...
10/07/2020

Meet 1/4 of our Bon Foster Co-Chair squad: Channyn Lynne Parker!

Channyn is an advocate, public speaker and community-centric leader, currently working for Howard Brown Health Center, and serving on the board of Equality Illinois. Channyn is most noted for speaking at the Chicago Women’s March and being the recipient of the Equality Illinois Humanitarian, Freedom Award.

Welcome, Channyn!

Meet 1/4 of our Bon Foster Co-Chair squad: Tim & Patryk Carwinski!Tim, an attorney with Reed Smith LLP, worked at Lambda...
10/05/2020

Meet 1/4 of our Bon Foster Co-Chair squad: Tim & Patryk Carwinski!

Tim, an attorney with Reed Smith LLP, worked at Lambda Legal from 2009-2011 as a law fellow. Pat works at AAM, a third-party asset manager for insurance companies. Tim and Pat have been married since 2015, after a prolonged engagement awaiting Lambda’s eventual success in achieving marriage equality in Illinois.

Welcome, Tim and Patryk!

Meet 1/4 of our Bon Foster Co-Chair squad: Julius Carter!Julius Carter is an attorney at Dentons, where he serves on the...
10/01/2020

Meet 1/4 of our Bon Foster Co-Chair squad: Julius Carter!

Julius Carter is an attorney at Dentons, where he serves on their Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice focusing on complex commercial litigation. He also has experience advising clients on media and entertainment, real estate, and products liability matters.

Welcome, Julius!

Meet 1/4 of our Bon Foster Co-Chair squad: Susan Blake & Pat Ewert!Pat and Susan are leaders in Chicago’s LGBTQ women’s ...
09/28/2020

Meet 1/4 of our Bon Foster Co-Chair squad: Susan Blake & Pat Ewert!

Pat and Susan are leaders in Chicago’s LGBTQ women’s community. Susan takes an active interest in many LGBTQ causes and supports many local LGBTQ charities. Pat, who was a plaintiff in Lambda’s case expediting marriage equality in Illinois, currently works for Illinois Rep. Lamont Robinson, the state’s first LGBTQ African American elected official.

Welcome, Pat and Susan!

Midwest supporters! Please join Lambda Legal for our National Liberty Awards on 10/1!
09/24/2020

Midwest supporters! Please join Lambda Legal for our National Liberty Awards on 10/1!

For the first time ever, the Liberty Awards National Dinner is gathering entirely online! Hosted by Dana Goldberg, remarks by our CEO Kevin Jennings and JP Morgan's Stacey Friedman, and more. Plus other fun surprises to be announced soon. Join us on Oct 1st!

Oh, and did we mention it's FREE?

RSVP here ➡️ lambdalegal.org/libertyawards

Calling all Chicagoans: join us for our annual Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration on October 21st for a night of celebr...
09/23/2020
Bon Foster

Calling all Chicagoans: join us for our annual Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration on October 21st for a night of celebration, commemoration, and civil rights! We will be going virtual this year, but that won’t stop us from fighting hard for equality. See you there!

*New Date* Robert "Bon" Foster was a powerful voice in Chicago in the early days of the HIV epidemic, opposing injustice and resisting discrimination. Our annual event honors his selfless act to bequeath his estate to found Lambda Legal's Chicago office in 1993.

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Ok so ive been married to my husband for the past 4 years and together for anout 10. I have to give blood because of medical reasons but they wont use it cause iam gay. Is anything happening to change this law.
I am a out, loud and proud member !