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February 25, 2015 12:21 pm

Homeless Shelter Access for Transgender People

To help shelters better serve transgender guests, and to ensure transgender people know their rights when seeking shelter, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and GLAD are launching a shelter access education project.

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February 17, 2015 12:08 pm

LGBTQ Youth of Color Asked to Share Thoughts for “Our Health Matters” Study

Fenway Health, BAGLY, and Boston GLASS are teaming up with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth organizations in the Boston area to learn about programs that 13 to 17 year old youth attend or may want to attend.

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February 2, 2015 12:23 pm

How 75-Year-Old Army Veteran Denee Mallon Took on Medicare – and Won

Denee Mallon is tenacious.

Whether building model airplanes as a kid – “If something wasn’t working, I’d just keep at it until they’d fly,” says the 75-year-old army veteran – fighting, with her local chapter of Veterans for Equal Rights, for an end to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, or pursuing every possible avenue to challenge Medicare’s denial of coverage for her health care, she refuses to give up.

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January 28, 2015 9:12 pm

Do We Need a Law That Says Being LGB or T Is Normal and Healthy? Yes, We Do!

When we think about the goals of the laws we have to protect LGBT people, we mostly think about solving concrete problems: ending discrimination, ensuring access to healthcare, keeping people safe from violence and other harms. But there’s another vital purpose of the law: the message that our government sends when it passes a law. 

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January 20, 2015 3:59 pm

You May Say I’m a Dreamer: Ending Youth Homelessness

At GLAD, we dream big and work hard to make those dreams a reality. One of our many dreams for LGBTQ youth is to get unaccompanied homeless LGBTQ youth out of the streets and into stable, long-term housing by providing welcoming, safe, and LGBTQ culturally competent housing program options. 

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January 17, 2015 4:26 pm

Celebrate Kindness This Week—And Every Week!

In celebration of GLSEN's No Name Calling Week, GLAD Legal Assisant Annie Sloan shares some advice she received from her baseball coach on "shutting the door" on the bad in order to celebrate kindness.

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January 15, 2015 10:45 am

Some Important Information for Same-Sex Married Couples About Taxes and SSI

Were you a married same-sex couple on or before December 31, 2011?

If so, you only have until April 15, 2015 to file an amended income tax return for the 2011 tax year.  Prior to the downfall of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26, 2013, married same-sex couples were required to file their federal income tax as single individuals.  But now that the IRS recognizes married same-sex couples regardless of where they live, as of tax year 2013, you must file your federal income taxes as married (either jointly or separately).

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January 13, 2015 8:14 am

Why We Need Middle School GSAs!

Check out what the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade members of the Shady Hill Middle School GSA in Cambridge, MA say about why their club is so great! The Middle School GSA at Shady Hill was launched in the 2013-14 school year.

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January 9, 2015 2:28 pm

New Year’s Resolutions Video Blog

Check out some GLAD's youth staff members' 2015 New Year's Resolutions! 

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January 8, 2015 10:35 am

The Last Lost Generation

The following is excerpted from The Huffington Post.

Together, if we have the tenacity to strive for an even more just and inclusive world, we can make this generation of young people the first to know what it feels like to, in Leelah's words, always be "treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights."

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