What You Helped Make Happen in 2018 and the Work Ahead
- Working with partners and advocates across the state, we secured comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in New Hampshire, the first time such legislation passed in a fully Republican-controlled state. And, as part of the Yes On 3 campaign we definitively defeated an attempt to roll back such protections in Massachusetts.
- We broke ground on robust new LGBTQ parenting protections in Vermont and Massachusetts – models for the nation and work that we will continue in other states.
- We reached a settlement in our lawsuit that challenged Mutual of Omaha’s policy of declining applicants who take Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (known as “PrEP) from long-term care insurance. Mutual no longer denies applicants solely on the basis that they take PrEP. We will continue our advocacy against PrEP exclusions across the insurance industry, to stop HIV-related stigma and dismantle barriers to our most effective tool for ending the epidemic.
- We advanced efforts to protect LGBTQ youth from harmful attempts to change who they are, by working with partner organizations and advocates to pass a conversion therapy ban in New Hampshire. That work continues this year in Massachusetts and Maine.
- We made advancements toward more humane treatment for transgender people in prisons, with a victory in Massachusetts federal court and consultation on legislation in Connecticut. Our work to address the cruelties and harms of both the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems will continue in 2019 and beyond.