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In a 1790 speech on the occasion of President George Washington’s visit to Newport, Rhode Island, Congregation Jeshuat Israel leader Moses Seixas offered gratitude to the new government, which “to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” That promise was on my mind as I was in Philadelphia last Monday to take part in a discussion of the national LGBTQ legal movement organized by the Equality Forum.
On June 30, 2016, Governor Maggie Hassen issued an executive order that prohibits discrimination by state agencies on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. It requires all state agencies to review and revise their internal policies consistent with the executive order and prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in state contracts as well.
With wit, logic and common sense, Professor Joe Singer exposes how public accommodations that invoke “religious freedom” to bar service to LGBTQ people are simply discriminating based on religious beliefs. Our nation already turned away from the era where people had to “call ahead” to businesses to make sure they are welcome,’ we are “already invited.” Professor Singer makes a compelling argument that using religious beliefs as a sword is actionable religious discrimination. As our nation considers anew claims of religion in the marketplace, Professor Singer reminds us that we already have the answers. - Mary L. Bonatuo, GLAD Civil Rights Project Director
On July 11, Attorney General Maura Healey invited the legislators who passed S2407 through to law, members of the Transgender community - the true champions of this new law -and their allies to come together for a public citizen signing of the new Transgender Public Accommodations Law.
Today (July 6) the transgender public accommodations bill came out of the conference committee with members from both the House and Senate in agreement about the version of the bill that should go forward. This is a significant next step. Read what it means.
One year ago today, love won as couples and families across the country heard the news that their love was affirmed by the highest court in our nation. Today we celebrate that victory and reaffirm our dedication to the movement to create a free and just society #forall.
GLAD is there in good times and in bad, when the whole world is watching, and when no one is watching. We celebrated on the steps of the Supreme Court one year ago today. And then we rolled up our sleeves and went right back to work because we knew our opponents were not resting either.
To go from the joy of Pride on Saturday to Sunday’s news about the tragedy in Orlando felt horribly numbing and paradoxical. I had slept in Sunday morning with my husband, exhausted after a long day of celebrating at Boston’s Pride Parade. We were looking forward to a rare, free day to do laundry and walk our dog, until I checked my texts
Yesterday, Governor Shumlin signed a bill that makes Vermont a safer and more welcoming place for LGBTQ youth – by banning the harmful practice of so-called “conversion therapy.
Today we moved one giant step closer to securing full non-discrimination protections for transgender people in Massachusetts!
The Massachusetts Senate voted 33-4 to pass the transgender public accommodations bill.