March is Gender Equality Month. The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is proud to announce that this month’s organization of the month is Lambda Legal.
Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national organization dedicated to full recognition of civil rights and gender equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV.
They do this through impact litigation (selecting cases that will have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing rights), education and public policy.
Lambda Legal typically has a docket of 65 open cases concerning issues such as employment, family, immigration, police & criminal justice and seniors.
Lambda Legal started in 1973. It is known as the first legal organization dedicated to full gender equality for lesbian and gay people. Ironically, Lambda Legal also became their own first client. Their application to be a nonprofit was denied by a panel of New York judges. This was because they didn’t believe the cause was “benevolent or charitable.”
Founder Bill Thom took his appeal to the highest court of New York and was approved for nonprofit status. Lambda Legal has fought and won several cases on a national level including People v. West 12 Tenants Corp., Romer v. Evans, Brandon v. Richardson County (which later became the subject of Boys Don’t Cry) and many more.
We appreciate the services Lambda Legal provides the country. When an LGBTQ youth wants law information in a specific state, NRS connects the youth to the resources at Lambda Legal.