Legal advice and other assistance in marriage equality actions brought by private lawyers. $112,500 Lambda Legal conducts its legal work primarily through test cases selected based on the likelihood that they will succeed in setting positive precedents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive people. Lambda Legal`s lawyers work on a variety of cases, with an average of over 50 cases at a time. Lambda Legal also maintains a national network of volunteer cooperating lawyers that expands the scope of their legal work and allows lawyers, lawyers and law students to participate in the program through collaboration with Lambda Legal legal staff.  You can send an email to the helpdesk by filling out this online form: www.lambdalegal.org/helpdesk Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, better known as Lambda Legal, is an American civil rights organization focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS (PWA). Lambda Legal has played a role in numerous legal cases related to gay rights, including the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision 6-3 in Lawrence v. Texas striking down bestiality laws in the United States. Lambda Legal Support staff respond directly to members of our community(ies) seeking legal information and support for discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV status. Pursue federal litigation to promote protection from discrimination for LGBT people and cooperate with other national legal groups. $50,000 Before undertaking legal work for same-sex marriage rights, Lambda Legal had to resolve an internal debate about the importance of marriage to its constituents and the strategic wisdom to address the issue. In 1990, he refused to represent the plaintiffs in the first challenge to Hawaii`s refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She subsequently filed an amicus curiae brief in that case and, in Dean v.
District of Columbia, its first approval of same-sex marriage.  To the extent that our resources and priorities allow, Lambda Legal provides legal representation to appellants whose circumstances affect litigation. Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization that advocates for the full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and all people living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy. Following a 2017 Trump administration order banning transgender troops from the U.S. military, Lambda hinted that they would take steps to challenge the legality of the order.  The order was blocked by the courts until the Supreme Court signed it into law in January 2019, but was overturned two years later by an order from President Biden, less than a week after his inauguration in January 2021. . In May 2022, Lambda Legal launched the first episode of its new podcast „Making the Case,“ hosted by Alex Berg. Listeners will have the opportunity to learn about the creative strategies, unique challenges, and passion that have helped win some of the most important cases for the LGBTQ+ community and people living with HIV in recent times.
 In 2013, Lambda Legal – Midwest Regional Office was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.  The growth of Lambda has paralleled that of the gay movement. By the 1980s, with the advent of AIDS, homosexual consciousness and activism had increased dramatically. Thomas B. Stoddard, who served as executive director from 1986 to 1992, helped draft a bill passed by the New York City Council in 1986 to protect homosexuals from prejudice in housing, employment, and public housing. Mayor Ed Koch, who signed the bill, said, „The legislation drafted by Tom Stoddard was perfect. In 1993, Stoddard and other national gay leaders met with President Bill Clinton, the first such delegation to meet in the Oval Office.  120 Wall Street 19th Floor Manhattan, NY 10005 USA Lambda`s founder, William J. Thom, Esq., filed incorporation documents for approval in New York courts in 1971, but his application was rejected on the grounds that his proposed activities were „neither benevolent nor charitable“ and „there was no demonstrated necessity of its existence.“  This decision was overturned in 1973 by the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State of New York.   (In re Thom, 301 N.E.2d 542 (N.Y.
1973).) In July 2012, Lambda founder Bill Thom was interviewed at his Manhattan nursing home and gave a first-hand account of Lambda Legal`s early years. This led to a letter from the current co-chair of Lambda Legal to Bill Thom dated September 25, 2012, in which he says, „The world is a much better place for LGBT people than it was 20 years ago when I started the practice, and is almost unrecognizable from the world in which you have taken on the heroic and unprecedented task. to defend oneself. For many others, Lambda Legal provides advice to other organizations and practical information that can help them solve their problems. We also provide a list of suggested questions you can ask a potential lawyer. Equal rights for same-sex couples. $150,000.