Making the Case for Equality: 50 Years of Legal Milestones in LGBTQ HistoryLambda Legal, with a Foreword by Roxane Gay

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Dozens of landmark legal cases, from 1973 to 2023, that drove transformative change from courtrooms to living rooms nationwide

Lambda Legal, the pioneering non-profit legal organization, opened its half-century of archives to create a coffee-table book commemorating its 50th anniversary. Dozens of 'game-changing' legal cases winning and shaping the civil rights of the LGBTQ community are presented alongside a collection of curated archival material and historical images, chronicling the history and vital mission of the organization to advocate for the free and equal lives of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV.

Through lively, detailed text and fascinating historical and contemporary images, including rarely seen and never-published images from the Lambda Legal's photo archive, dating back 50 years, to the beginning of the organization's history, this is the first book to celebrate and commemorate the societal impact of Lambda Legal's landmark strides for the civil rights of the LGBTQ community.

Founded four years after the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest legal organization in the USA dedicated to achieving full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. With unprecedented success, this trailblazing national civil-rights group has offices in six locations around the country and continues to improve lives for a diverse community of LGBTQ people, who, fifty years ago, were penalized, persecuted, and barely recognized under the law.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 292 × 228 mm (11 1/2 × 9 in)
  • Pages: 288 pp
  • Illustrations: 350 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781580936149

Jennifer C. Pizer is Lambda Legal’s Chief Legal Officer and has a 40-year history with the organization.

Ellen Ann Andersen is an associate professor of political science and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at the University of Vermont.

Roxane Gay is a bestselling writer, professor, and social commentator.