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GLAD’s Mission and Values

Mission Statement

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.

GLAD's Commitment

Civil rights have never been easy to win. Fighting for them takes passion, skill and an absolute determination to prevail. That’s what GLAD delivers every single day. GLAD’s bold and effective advocacy has achieved scores of precedent-setting legal victories to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression, benefiting individuals, couples and families across New England and throughout the United States. Each time GLAD argues a case or tackles an issue, we tear down more of the outdated laws and stereotypes that have denied LGBT people and people with HIV basic protections and opportunities in every area of daily life – family, school, employment, housing, government, health care, and beyond. Whether it’s marriage for same-sex couples, non-discrimination policies for transgender people in the workplace, or protections for people with HIV, GLAD doesn’t shrink from tough issues. And we don’t compromise on our belief that every citizen deserves full equality under the law – without exception.

GLAD's Values

Full Equality

GLAD is committed to full equality under law for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and people living with HIV/AIDS.


GLAD embraces diversity and inclusion as critical to our mission. We endeavor to ensure that who we are, how we carry out our work, and the issues we address all reflect the rich diversity of the communities that we serve and represent.


GLAD aspires to the highest standards of professionalism and excellence in all that we do. We encourage hard work, careful attention to detail, collaboration, good communication, and broad and informed strategic thinking among staff and board.


GLAD believes in leading through innovation and action. We are committed to establishing legal precedent in all areas affecting the LGBT community, including anti-discrimination law, family law, transgender law, and HIV/AIDS law, paving the way for advances across the country. We are dedicated to being a cooperative, honest, and committed partner when working in coalition.