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For so many LGBT people who have been rejected by families and experienced disproportionate rates of homelessness, poverty, discrimination and violence, participation in street economies is often critical to survival. That is why GLAD, along with other LGBT legal organizations, supported Amnesty International's recent resolution calling for the complete decriminalization of sex work.
Oftentimes we at GLAD hear from parents of LGBTQ youth who have been told that the school cannot disclose any disciplinary steps they have taken against a student who bullied their child because of “FERPA.”
Are you a current or former Wal-Mart employee and during your employment at Wal-Mart you were in a valid and legal marriage to a person of the same sex but were denied spousal healthcare coverage for your spouse?
We know that our society is not color-blind, nor is it blind to LGBTQ identities. As evidenced by the historical success of the Voting Rights Act, we need laws that are equipped to address the particular obstacles that disadvantaged groups face. That is why formal equality in the law is not enough to lift our communities up to a level playing field, so that we can all enjoy equal opportunities.
GLAD is seeking individuals with a strong desire to make meaningful contributions to LGBTQ and HIV+ communities to join our Public Affairs & Education Internship Program. Using traditional and new media, the program supports GLAD’s mission and vision by ensuring that LGBTQ people and people living with HIV know their legal rights and how to assert them.
On vacation at the beginning of the month, I got to see my family – something I get to do twice a year for a few days – the first thing my father asked me about was the Supreme Court decision. He said, “You know, you’re kind of like Forrest Gump – things just seem to happen around you.” While I haven’t gotten a scholarship to play ping-pong just yet, or saved anybody from a war, I have experienced more than I ever could’ve expected when I signed on to work at GLAD.
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.
What are the dreams that we, together, can make a reality across the country, in the next ten years?
Last Thursday, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) -- the federal agency that enforces our country's main employment anti-discrimination law Title VII -- issued a landmark decision ruling that "allegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex." This decision applies to all federal employees, guides all of the EEOC offices in how they handle claims by private employees, and is persuasive to federal courts in their interpretation of Title VII.
As we go about our daily routines, we encounter the same objects over and over again. Usually, we do not give these things a second thought and only look at them through one perspective—typically the most well-known or superficial perspective. But what if we changed our perspective? Could seeing literal things in a new way change the way we, and society, look at sexual orientation, gender, and gender expression?