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Celebrate Bisexuality Day (affectionately called CBD) was initiated in 1999 on September 23rd and the bi+* community marks it each year with film fests, educational forums, parties and all sorts of community activities. CBD is now part of Bisexual Awareness Week during which bi organizations and individuals educate the public about bi community concerns and statistics, bi history, and bi culture by tweeting and posting all week long on social media to boost our rare visibility.
On August 9, 2016, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) announced an important ruling concerning the rights of Massachusetts employees to be free from discrimination based on their transgender status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.The decision is a loud and clear legal precedent that intentional misuse of gender pronouns and gender based words to refer to a transgender employee can amount to unlawful, discriminatory harassment.
For good and for ill, transgender peoples’ lives are in the news these days. Headlines proclaiming victories and lamenting losses in several high profile legal matters reflect the ascendant but unsettled state of transgender rights across the country.
To be sure, HIV/AIDS advocacy and service organizations have had unrelenting and crucial battles to fight over the decades: access to testing and treatment; prevention, including PrEP and clean needles; discrimination and stigma; and the shameful criminalization statutes that still exist in a majority of states, to name just a few. But I hope we can all agree that it is intolerable to let our longest term survivors of the HIV epidemic suffer from untreated medication side effects. Here’s hoping that the Massachusetts experience begins a national call to action to address this indefensible insurance discrimination.
Public affairs and education intern Alison Geoffrey reflects on her experience in high school.
GLAD public affairs and education intern Nathan Faust reflects on what it was like to be an LGBTQ student during his transition into college.
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.