Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

aka Lambda Legal   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.lambdalegal.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1974

Interim CEO

Mr. Kevin Jennings

Main address

120 Wall St 19th floor

New York, NY 10005 USA

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EIN

23-7395681

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We are committed to achieving the full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. We achieve this through impact litigation, education and public policy work

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Protecting Families & Defending the Freedom to Marry

From protecting the freedom to marry to defending domestic partnership benefits and securing parent-child relationships, Lambda Legal protects same-sex couples and their families through a broad range of litigation, education and advocacy strategies.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
People with HIV/AIDS

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people are in America's child welfare and juvenile justice systems in disproportionate numbers. According to the Lambda Legal report Youth in the Margins, one of every 10 to 20 adolescents in out-of-home care is lesbian or gay, and the National Network of Runaway and Youth Services estimates that 20 to 40 percent of young people who become homeless each year are lesbian, gay or bisexual. And yet, very few state foster care agencies maintain policies prohibiting discrimination against foster care youth on the basis of sexual orientation or require training for foster parents or foster care staff on sensitivity to LGBTQ youth. As a result, LGBT youth in care services often face neglect, discrimination and abuse at the hands of the child welfare systems charged to protect them.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children

Lambda Legal’s HIV Project has helped maintain or expand protections across the country for people living with HIV by pursuing impact litigation, education and advocacy to combat bias and stereotypes and to ensure that people are treated fairly by employers, health care providers and others. We also apply our legal expertise to policy issues affecting people living with HIV — including HIV testing, collection of private information about behaviors and sexual partners, access to medical care and treatment and HIV prevention.

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS
LGBTQ people

LGBT people and people living with HIV face particular heath challenges and difficulties obtaining appropriate health care due to hostility and discrimination. Difficulties in obtaining health care and health insurance can be especially devastating for those already most vulnerable, including those with limited income, newer immigrants, those who speak limited English, those with less education, many people of color, and many seniors.   Lambda Legal helps LGBT people and people with HIV fight back when they are in lawfully denied coverage or care or when their relationships or health care choices are not given the respect they’re entitled to under the law.

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS
LGBTQ people

Despite recent advances, people in this country are still being fired, harassed and targeted at work because they are LGBT. Workplace issues are the number one concern among callers to Lambda Legal’s Help Desk.

For years, Lambda Legal has been explaining to courts that Title VII, when properly understood, protects LGBT employees. Three of Lambda Legal’s successful efforts in 2014, in federal courts in Seattle, Chicago, and Washington D.C., were cited by the EEOC in Baldwin v. Foxx. In April 2017, Lambda Legal secured a victory at the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates federal civil rights law.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
People with HIV/AIDS

Transgender people suffer persistent inequalities in aspects of life that intersect with all of Lambda Legal's issue area priorities. Transgender people experience rampant workplace discrimination, may be met with challenges to their parental relationships, lack sufficient access to quality healthcare free from discrimination and face difficulties in obtaining appropriate name and gender designations on their identity documents. Lambda Legal expands and defends protections for transgender people under federal, state and local laws and other policies.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Intersex people

Fair and impartial courts are a cornerstone of our democracy. The Fair Courts Project provides tools and information to counter harmful attacks on the courts that threaten LGBT and HIV-related civil rights and jeopardize the ability of our courts to make decisions based on constitutional and legal principles—not politics or popular opinion.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Incarcerated people

Lambda Legal defends the rights of LGBT and HIV-positive seniors who face discrimination related to their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status, including discrimination by staff and residents at senior centers; denial of housing; denial of the ability for same-sex couples to share a room in an assisted living facility or nursing home; disrespect of gender identity including while incapacitated or at death; and denial of equal Social Security benefits and survivor benefits as compared to their heterosexual counterparts.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Seniors

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We fight to achieve full equality for LGBT people and everyone living with HIV in the United States. we do not charge our clients for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding. We depend on contributions from supporters around the country.

Impact Litigation - We select cases that will have the greatest impact to protect and advance the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV.

Education - We lead high-impact public education campaigns to help people exercise the rights they have and to build public support for equality.

Public Policy - We advocate for public policy at the local, state and federal levels to improve the lives of LGBT people, everyone affected by HIV, their families, and allies.

1 BUILDING PRECEDENTS
2 NARROWING HARMFUL RULINGS
3 USING STATE COURTS
4 UTILIZING NONLITIGATION TOOLS
5 SHAPING NARRATIVES
6 EMBEDDING LEGAL STRATEGIES IN THE LARGER MOVEMENTS

Lambda Legal will build on the body of law we have already helped develop, and will continue to bring cases that expand the understanding of civil rights for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. This is how we won marriage equality—by establishing an understanding that the Constitution’s promises require this fundamental right be honored and protected. The groundwork for the landmark Windsor and Obergefell cases at the Supreme Court, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and made marriage equality the law of the land, respectively, was laid by dozens of state and federal cases that Lambda Legal and our partners brought (like Varnum v. Brien and Goodridge v. Massachusetts, for example). Similarly, we have been working for over a decade to clarify the federal Civil Rights Act’s coverage, making the case that protections against sex discrimination encompass the discrimination people face as a result of their sexual orientation or their gender identity. This understanding is increasingly gaining hold—including from Republican-appointed judges and fairly conservative courts. No major victory in our movement happened overnight. And so, just as we’ve always done, we will keep creating the building blocks that will pave the road toward full formal and lived equality.

Yes, we sue... but we also work with partners all over the country at the federal, state and local levels to challenge and influence lawmakers not only when they are crafting new laws but also when they are developing rules and policies that affect how laws are implemented or enforced. Since day one, the Trump administration has been aggressively rescinding or undermining protections (like the Obama administration’s federal guidance protecting transgender students), while writing new regulations that invite discrimination against our community (such as the proposed “Conscious and Religious Freedom” rule at the Department of Health and Human Services). We continuously monitor all of this mischief and respond to it through formal channels like providing comment and public record requests while also helping mobilize critical political pressure. And at the state and local levels, there are opportunities to play both defense and offense, like our success in beating back dangerous child welfare bills in Georgia which would have jeopardized the safety of LGBTQ kids, and our leadership within the successful California effort to decriminalize the lives of people living with HIV.

Financials

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Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Anne Krook

David de Figueiredo

Yemi Adegbonmire

Sheri Bonstelle

Annette Cerbone

Wendy Chang

Trayton Davis

Roberta Conroy

Rachel Goldberg

Anne Krook

Roderick Hawkins

Laura Maechtlen

Jordan Heinz

Eric Johnson

Vadim Schick

Todd Sears

Dan Slaughter

John Stafstrom

Patrick Menasco

Carol Meyer

Andrew Mitchell-Namdar

Lauren Mutti

Danielle Piergallini

Katrina Quicker

Holly Thomas

Lawrence Trachtenberg

David Tsai

Kenneth Weissenberg

Danielle Piergallini

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes