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December 8, 2014 11:39 am

Dream Big in 2015

What are our big dreams for 2015?  It’s all about creating a world in which we are not just accepted, but celebrated. 

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December 5, 2014 1:22 pm

Beyond Marriage: Securing Legal Respect and Protections for the Broad Range of LGBT Families

Long before the Goodridge victory set us on the road to nationwide marriage equality, GLAD was fighting for LGBT families. We have fought for the ability to foster and adopt children, to adopt as second and third parents, to secure parentage judgments, and to eliminate LGB and T bias in parental rights determinations.

Protecting adult relationships apart from marriage has also been part of our work, including advancing and defending domestic partner programs from right wing attacks, seeking insurance and death benefits based on economic interdependence, and ensuring couples can divide property equitably at the end of a relationship. We continue to do so today.

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December 1, 2014 9:00 am

Facing Down Stigma in the Fight Against HIV

A few years ago, I was at a Boston Celtics playoff game when an intoxicated fan in the men’s room shouted loud enough for everyone to hear: “Chris Bosch [a star opposing player] has AIDS. I know it for a fact.”  There are, of course, other highly stigmatized health conditions, but you would never hear as a slur that an opposing player has epilepsy or bipolar disorder. 

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November 24, 2014 10:00 am

LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Resources

I aspire to a day when suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts are no longer prevalent among LGBTQ youth. We are not there now, so I am glad we have some terrific resources to help.

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November 17, 2014 10:00 am

Lights, Camera, Action – WAIT!

Be careful before you record. But do report bullying to your school and keep proof that you reported (a copy of the complaint or report by email). If you think your school is not protecting you against anti-LGBTQ or HIV+ bullying, contact GLAD Answers.  If you are ever worried about bullying in school or are unsure of what your rights are, check out www.glad.org/youth/bullying and www.glad.org/youth/school to learn more.

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November 12, 2014 10:00 am

That’s Not My Name!

Referring to transgender people by names and pronouns inconsistent with their gender identity, even in school records, is inappropriate, disrespectful, perpetuates a system of oppression and discrimination against transgender people, and, as Laverne Cox flawlessly stated at the 2014 Creating Change Conference, is an act of violence.  

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November 7, 2014 10:00 am

Someone Spray Painted “DIE FAG” On My Locker. Now What?

GLAD gets contacted fairly regularly about locker and bathroom graffiti identifying a student as gay or threatening an LGBTQ student. For the calls we get, there is never a witness. What can you do? What can your school do?

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November 4, 2014 10:29 am

Making Shelters Safer, More Fair and Accessible for Trans People

No one should be deciding to stay on the streets because being in a shelter is even more dangerous, not just for their physical well-being but for their emotional well-being too.

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November 3, 2014 11:23 am

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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October 16, 2014 6:05 am

Spirit Day 2014: Take a Stand Against Bullying

Are you wearing purple today to support Spirit Day and take a stand against bullying?

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