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In recent months, government oversight authorities for Medicare and MassHealth (Massachusetts’ public insurer) have announced their intentions to eliminate categorical exclusions of transition-related care from their plans, following advocacy by GLAD and our allies.
Fighting legal challenges to civil rights laws on the grounds of religious belief.
Some Who Filed Protective Amended Tax Returns For 2009 Or Earlier May Have To Sue To Vindicate Rights
The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) stigmatized those with a same sex spouse; that stigma for many couples came with a price tag, literally in the form of a greater tax bill. While GLAD was bringing the cases that laid the groundwork to strike down DOMA, it also was out telling people how to protect their rights before the Supreme Court finally struck down this terrible law last year in Windsor v. U.S.
In the tax realm, our concern was that generally, under U.S. tax law, a tax filer can only go back three years to file an amended tax return. Anticipating a 2013 victory in the DOMA challenge, GLAD knew that mean couples would only be able to go back to 2012 (not filed until 2013), 2011, and 2010. So we were out early and often trumpeting the need for couples to file protective amended returns for earlier years, knowing they would be denied but still alive to pursue when the Supreme Court finally acted.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Departmental Appeals Board ruled May 30 that Medicare’s categorical exclusion of coverage for sex-reassignment surgery, regardless of a person’s individual medical conditions and needs, is not consistent with contemporary science and medical standards of care.
As social media becomes increasingly present in our day-to-day lives, cyberbullying is also becoming more pervasive. Fortunately for youth in the 6 New England states, the law is on your side.
To celebrate pride all month long, express your support for LGBT Equality with #ImGLAD!
Whether you graduated from high school, college, or passed your GED this year, you've closed one chapter of your life and it’s time to move on to the next. For some of you, closing one chapter and starting another means going to college or graduate school. For others, it means getting a job or even several jobs. For others, you may find yourself working and going to school! Whatever your plans are, remember, they are YOUR plans.
Massachusetts just took the shackles off of pregnant prisoners in labor and is now proposing to put them back on children requiring assistance – meaning children not charged with a crime or as delinquent. Really.
Why should our families have to jump through additional hoops to be protected the same as every other family?
Every year, GLAD Answers gets phone calls from concerned students: can I take my same-sex partner to prom? Can I wear a tux or a dress, regardless of my biological sex? The answer to both of these questions is yes, legally, you can.