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Social Security Administration Sued for Third Same-Sex Widower Denied Survivor’s Benefits

Michael Ely and James “Spider” Taylor in their final photo together before Taylor's death.
National
This is the third lawsuit Lambda Legal has filed in the past year challenging Social Security’s requirement that couples be married for at least nine months to qualify for survivor’s benefits. ...
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Trump Quietly Starts Firing Service Members Living with HIV Just Before the Holidays

Politics National
The plaintiffs received notification just days before Thanksgiving, denying their discharge appeals despite compliance with fitness assessments and medical treatment, as well as strong support from commanding officers. ...
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DOJ and BOP Sued for Records on Rollback of Protections for Transgender Prisoners

Transgender inmate Passion Star will be moved to Safekeeping following repeated acts of violence and rape.
National
The changes weaken protections for incarcerated transgender people – who are already 10 times more likely than the general prison population to be targeted for violence. ...
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Lambda Legal and 75 Orgs Urge HHS Not to Grant SC License to Discriminate

Faith and Religion National
South Carolina had requested the waiver on behalf of Miracle Hill Ministries, one of the state’s largest foster agencies that explicitly rejects non-Protestant and LGBT potential foster and adoptive families and people seeking to mentor children in its care. ...
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Pride Journey: Indianapolis

Attractions Monument Circle
Travel
Indianapolis is home to many LGBT organizations, most notably, Indiana Youth Group (IYG) a drop-in center for youth ages 12-20 that identify as LGBTQ+. ...
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Michigan to Amend Policy Directive for Incarcerated People Living with HIV

Lambda Legal client John Dorn
National
The lawsuit was filed after Mr. Dorn was disciplined far more severely than another incarcerated man based solely on his HIV status, which was in violation of Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act. ...
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Patchwork of Employment Protections Leaves LGBT Employees at Risk

National
A new brief from the Movement Advancement Project, the ACLU and Lambda Legal examines the existing federal, state and local laws and court rulings that offer protections to LGBT workers. ...
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Lambda Legal Sues Kansas for Discriminatory Anti-Transgender Policy

Lambda Legal Sues Kansas
National
Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging Kansas’s refusal to correct the gender marker on Kansas birth certificates for transgender individuals. ...
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Hawaii Supreme Court Upholds Parenting Rights & Responsibilities of Married Same-Sex Couples

National
The Hawaii Supreme Court held that it had “no doubt” that “the marital presumption of parentage applies equally to women in same-sex marriages.” ...
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Social Security Administration sued on behalf of lesbian seeking spousal survivor benefits

Politics Local
Helen Thornton and Lambda Legal are suing the SSA for spousal survivor benefits in the state of Washington. ...
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