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Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund  
 
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Lambda Legal's effectiveness is all the more remarkable given its relatively meager resources. Despite a recent growth in resources, it is small in comparison to the resources of the anti-gay legal organizations that it regularly confronts in increasingly conservative courts.

Linda Rapp

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    Bibliography
   

Burbach, Chris, and Robynn Tysver. "Court: Ex-Sheriff's Conduct 'Outrageous' in Brandon Case." Omaha (Nebraska) World-Herald (April 21, 2001): 1.

Cain, Patricia A. "Lambda Legal Defense." Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History. Marc Stein, ed. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004. 2: 129-132.

Reinert, Patty, and Armando Villafranca. "Court's Decision Viewed as a Step toward Equal Treatment for Gays." Houston Chronicle (June 28, 2003): A3.

www.lambdalegal.org.

 

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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2005  
    Date Last Updated June 4, 2012  
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