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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 le****ns, 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.

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Lambda Legal celebrates the Senate confirmation of Dr. Rachel L. Levine as HHS Assistant Secretary for Health. Dr. Levin...
03/25/2021
Lambda Legal Celebrates Historic Confirmation of Dr. Rachel L. Levine as HHS Assistant Secretary for Health

Lambda Legal celebrates the Senate confirmation of Dr. Rachel L. Levine as HHS Assistant Secretary for Health. Dr. Levine is the first openly trans individual to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Lambda has long fought for trans rights, and this historic confirmation has added necessary trans representation in a high-ranking position.

https://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20210324_lambda-celebrates-historic-confirmation-dr-rachel-levine-to-hhs

In a 52-48 vote, the United States Senate confirmed the appointment of Dr. Rachel L. Levine to lead the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health of the Department of Health and Human Services.

On March 25th at 5:30pm CST, Lambda Legal invites you to join us for a virtual Midwest program update. You will hear abo...
03/24/2021
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On March 25th at 5:30pm CST, Lambda Legal invites you to join us for a virtual Midwest program update. You will hear about Lambda’s work in statehouses and courthouses across the Midwest and ways you can get involved in our ONE Lambda Legal campaign to help us continue the fight for equality for the LGBTQ+ community and everyone living with HIV.
https://support.lambdalegal.org/site/Calendar?id=109785&view=Detail

We make the case for equality in the nation's courts and in the court of public opinion. The work we do has impact on the way all of us live we change laws, policies and ideas.

03/23/2021
At our Midwest Update virtual event on March 25th, come meet our lead plaintiff Stacie Ray from our recent victory in Oh...
03/19/2021
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At our Midwest Update virtual event on March 25th, come meet our lead plaintiff Stacie Ray from our recent victory in Ohio. In December, a federal court struck down Ohio’s anti-transgender birth certificate policy guaranteeing transgender people the right to correct their gender markers on their birth certificates.
At the event, we will be providing program updates about our work across the Midwest and how you can contribute in our ONE Lambda Legal campaign. Click the link below to register.
https://support.lambdalegal.org/site/Calendar?id=109785&view=Detail

We make the case for equality in the nation's courts and in the court of public opinion. The work we do has impact on the way all of us live we change laws, policies and ideas.

03/18/2021

Following the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Equality Act, join us today for a discussion with Lambda Legal’s Help Desk attorneys as they discuss Lambda Legal’s 2021 Help Desk Report and the discrimination and harassment that LGBTQ people are experiencing across the country. The attorneys will also talk about the one year anniversary of COVID-19 shutdown, health care access, and the impact the virus has had on the calls they have received.

Thursday, March 18, 11 am CT
Stefan Johnson, Legal Help Desk Director
Leo Miras, Help Desk Attorney
Andres Gallegos, Help Desk Attorney
Percy Brown, Deputy Digital Director, Moderator

Are you in South Dakota? Then join us and tell Gov. Noem to veto House Bill 1217, which denies trans youth the opportuni...
03/15/2021
Lambda Legal Urges South Dakota Governor to Veto House Bill 1217

Are you in South Dakota? Then join us and tell Gov. Noem to veto House Bill 1217, which denies trans youth the opportunity to join their school sports teams. For more info on how this bill bullies trans youth and hurts all students, read our letter to the Governor. Then call Gov. Noem at 605-773-3212 and tell her to veto this bill now!

https://www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/legal-docs/sd_20210315_ll-opposes-hb-1217

We make the case for equality in the nation's courts and in the court of public opinion. The work we do has impact on the way all of us live we change laws, policies and ideas.

Please join us for our Midwest Update virtual event on March 25th at 5:30pm CST! You will hear an update about Lambda’s ...
03/15/2021
Lambda Legal

Please join us for our Midwest Update virtual event on March 25th at 5:30pm CST! You will hear an update about Lambda’s legal and policy work and how you can get involved in our new ONE Lambda Legal campaign to support the LGBTQ+ community and everyone living with HIV. Register here.
https://support.lambdalegal.org/site/Calendar?id=109785&view=Detail

We make the case for equality in the nation's courts and in the court of public opinion. The work we do has impact on the way all of us live we change laws, policies and ideas.

Lambda Legal applauds the Biden Administration for extending fair credit protections to LGBTQ individuals. LBGTQ people ...
03/10/2021
Lambda Legal Hails Biden Administration for Explicitly Extending Fair Credit Protections to LGBTQ People

Lambda Legal applauds the Biden Administration for extending fair credit protections to LGBTQ individuals. LBGTQ people have faced credit discrimination and tremendous financial barriers which have prevented them from financing for property, small businesses, cars, and school. The Biden administration has made credit discrimination on the basis of s*x illegal under the Equal Protection Credit Opportunity Act.
Read our post here:
https://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20210309_biden-administration-extending-fair-credit-protections-to-lgbtq-people

Biden Administration Explicitly Extends Fair Credit Protections to LGBTQ People

03/08/2021

Today, we celebrate and recognize women’s contributions to our country and our movement. Q***r and trans women of color have long led the fight for LGBTQ+ liberation — our country is a better and more just place because of women changemakers. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2021

Timeline Photos
03/02/2021

Timeline Photos

Lambda Legal has been in courtrooms across the country advocating for our nation’s most vulnerable for over 45 years. When we fight together — we win. Sign on to our new campaign: #ONELambda ➡️ http://onelambdalegal.com

Today we celebrate the passing of the Equality Act, once again, in the U.S. House of Representatives in a 224-206 vote. ...
02/25/2021
Lambda Legal Applauds Passage of Equality Act by U.S. House of Representatives

Today we celebrate the passing of the Equality Act, once again, in the U.S. House of Representatives in a 224-206 vote. We hope this year it passes in the U.S. Senate so the LGBTQ+ community is finally legally protected against discrimination.
We’re one step closer!

See our blogpost below:
https://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20210225_lambda-legal-applauds-passage-of-equality-act-by-us-house-of-representatives

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Equality Act. The vote was 224-206, with three republicans joining all the democratic representatives in favor of federal legislation that will update existing federal nondiscrimination laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and...

Lambda Legal supports Bill SB655 which would amend the Illinois criminal code and repeal the law criminalizing people li...
02/25/2021

Lambda Legal supports Bill SB655 which would amend the Illinois criminal code and repeal the law criminalizing people living with HIV.
Currently in Illinois, people with HIV face criminal penalties for acts such as consensual s*x and sharing injection drug equipment.
These outdated laws only add to the unnecessary stigma people living with HIV face.

Please see the attachment below; we must end the spread of misinformation and damage Illinois law has done to people living with HIV.

Yesterday the Equality Act was introduced to the U.S. Senate for the first time ever. It was re-introduced to Congress l...
02/24/2021
Lambda Legal Hails Introduction of the Equality Act

Yesterday the Equality Act was introduced to the U.S. Senate for the first time ever. It was re-introduced to Congress last week and was first introduced back in 2019 where it passed in the House but did not pass in the Senate. The Equality Act would secure comprehensive LGBTQ+ rights that Lambda Legal has long been fighting for. It bans discrimination against the LBGTQ+ community in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit and more. We’re more than ready.

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lambdalegal.org%2Fblog%2F20210218_lambda-legal-hails-introduction-of-equality-act%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2LWFstDZa6vZ_RFZ3kVWJAcfenAOoWhNiuc4GkxjXBZ2BR-IEpiBDe8s4&h=AT35yq9d6nAD_XmVEL3yg_biCAriKqT0a7-T1SNjz2z7QplRZOanVedqtgL9TjxxiCCmVjFUKrWAGAkDwhU9nAxmpFjRKnIWHzP9AmyyprOUuyI7CeFTO3toTEBVc1Tvm1pV07NT&__tn__=H-R&c[0]=AT2h4_PS4tuU-B73hcJusT1F1NVrKjYMtu0OyidT7KhQHn92KtwtJQTIpLvpSN2jMFTlPW1jghuO84HcmZ75mCS-Bkpe68Ea7pjhGZnpR1oT68VA69l-XlEl8imbSsrCxKGz86BThyFPeqDb7qRTcdFbhKFe7ltip-UfpnoC8-2u8zq-

Today, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) announced the introduction of the Equality Act, federal legislation that will update existing federal nondiscrimination laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act, to confirm that discrimination...

Yesterday U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) announced the introduction of the Equality ...
02/19/2021
Lambda Legal Hails Introduction of the Equality Act

Yesterday U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) announced the introduction of the Equality Act. Lambda applauds this re-introduction as this is the first step to securing the rights that have been long overdue.

Read our blogpost below:


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Today, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) announced the introduction of the Equality Act, federal legislation that will update existing federal nondiscrimination laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act, to confirm that discrimination...

Lambda waits in anticipation for the U.S. House to Vote on the Equality Act. The Equality Act was passed in the House in...
02/17/2021
U.S. House to Vote on Equality Act Next Week, Majority Leader Says

Lambda waits in anticipation for the U.S. House to Vote on the Equality Act. The Equality Act was passed in the House in 2019 but did not pass through the Republican-majority Senate. This Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and ban discrimination on the basis of s*xual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit and more. We’re beyond ready for the LGBTQ community to be fully protected under the law.

https://www.advocate.com/politics/2021/2/16/us-house-vote-equality-act-next-week-majority-leader-says?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=politics&fbclid=IwAR36y42PNDvSgmx0lzjXavN20GndH7gxMq_311_3hjqWq7azyp-uZd6qMBg

The act, which would ban anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and more, is a priority of President Joe Biden.

White House defends Trans Children in Sports Biden signed an executive order his first day in office to ensure all child...
02/11/2021
White House defends trans kids in sports: ‘Trans rights are human rights’

White House defends Trans Children in Sports

Biden signed an executive order his first day in office to ensure all children have access to school sports, restrooms and locker rooms, and not denied on the basis of gender identity or s*xual orientation.

When questioned by Fox radio about transgender kids in school sports, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki firmly stated “trans rights are human rights.”

Lambda Legal applauds the White House’s recognition and support of trans people’s rights.

https://www.washingtonblade.com/2021/02/09/white-house-holds-firm-with-fox-radio-trans-rights-are-human-rights/?fbclid=IwAR0oSXNumtctuYGsfUyfbRTSBvEh-i-KN8TlCwy4bGwzpxmzD-Rxx8eirKA

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki held firm Tuesday under questioning from Fox Radio on President Biden’s commitment to transgender rights, asserting under questioning over transgender kids in school sports: “Trans rights are human rights.”

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 s*xism.

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/

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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 !