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Lambda Legal urges senators to oppose Kavanaugh after third accuser

WASHINGTON — Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, issued the following statement: “We salute the courage of Julie Swetnick, who has now become the third woman to subject herself to public scrutiny and ridicule because Senate Republicans and the White House refuse to take allegations of sexual assault seriously.  With each…

Lambda Legal urges senators to convince White House to withdraw Kavanaugh nomination

WASHINGTON — Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, issued the following statement: “Allegations of sexual violence should always be taken seriously and properly investigated.  The allegations of sexual misconduct brought forward by Dr. Ford, as well as the new claims brought to the public’s attention this evening, should be immediately referred…

U.S. doctors’ group endorses event-based PrEP

AMSTERDAM — For the first time, a U.S.-based doctors group has endorsed event-based PrEP use. AIDSMap.com reported that the International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA) made the recommendation during the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam last month. In this case, event-based means PrEP is given on demand instead of a regular daily dose. According to AIDSMap, IAS-USA…

61 LGBTQ orgs call for delay on Kavanaugh hearing

WASHINGTON — More than 60 LGBTQ organizations from across the country have called on the Senate Judiciary to delay hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In an open letter, the organizations want the hearings delayed to allow an investigation of the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. The participating organizations include Equality Illinois and LGBTQ…

Court allows lawsuit against Defense Department’s HIV policy to proceed

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On Friday, a Virginia federal court ruled a case challenging the military’s discriminatory policies governing service members living with HIV will continue by denying the government’s motion to dismiss. The suit was filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, along with pro bono counsel from Winston & Strawn LLP. The plaintiffs’ motion to…

Intersex affirming policy published after California legislation

NEW YORK — interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Lambda Legal, and Proskauer Rose LLP have released the nation’s first intersex-affirming hospital policy guide, offering concrete steps for medical providers to provide sensitive, non-discriminatory care to intersex patients. “Intersex” describes up to 1.7% of the population born with natural variations in chromosomes, hormones, or genitalia that transcend…

U.S. State Department alters website about passport gender markers

WASHINGTON — The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) today reported that the language for changing markers on passports has changed. They said that the policy remains unchanged. The U.S. State Department page regarding “Gender Designation” policies—in place since 2010—has been removed, and a new but similar page concerning what they now call “Sex Designation”…

LGBTQ orgs urge U.S. Senate to reject federal judge nominee

WASHINGTON — Lambda Legal and 18 other local, state and national LGBTQ organizations called for the U.S. Senate to reject Stephen Clark for the U.S. District Court for the District of Missouri. Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal chief strategy officer and legal director, issued the following statement on Wednesday: “The Trump-Pence Administration has put forth a…