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July 14, 2016 1:59 pm

NH Executive Order FAQ

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. 

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July 13, 2016 3:32 pm

Why Religion is Not an Excuse to Discriminate in Public Accommodations

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

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July 12, 2016 1:43 pm

Citizens Signing for Trans Public Accommodation Law a Victory for All

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.

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July 6, 2016 4:45 pm

MA Public Accommodations Q & A

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.

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June 26, 2016 12:47 pm

Celebrating One Year of Nationwide Marriage Equality

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.

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June 26, 2016 12:00 pm

Pride celebrations, vigils and protests

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.

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June 13, 2016 12:28 pm

On Orlando

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

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May 26, 2016 12:12 pm

A Victory for LGBTQ Youth

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.

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May 12, 2016 10:54 am

MA Senate Passes Transgender Public Accommodations Bill

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.

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May 6, 2016 4:03 pm

A Retrospective on Forward-Thinking

I started at GLAD ten years ago as a staff attorney. I was only three years out of law school, and GLAD was a dream job. It was exciting to be working on cutting edge civil rights issues with movement leaders like Gary Buseck, Mary Bonauto, Jennifer Levi, and Ben Klein.

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