Blog Posts for Connecticut
Watch this short video celebrating 10 years of marriage equality, and make a gift today to continue the fight for full LGBT equality.
It was 10 years ago today that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled in our lawsuit Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that denying same-sex couples access to the institution of marriage violated our state constitution.
Despite the government shut-down, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was rolled out yesterday, albeit with some glitches. Aside from the technical difficulties over at HealthCare.gov -- the online marketplace where you can shop for health insurance plans -- you may have questions about what the ACA has to offer you as an LGBT person or as someone living with HIV.
As students return to school this Fall, GLAD wants to make sure they are entering safe and affirming learning environments. We have developed a set of resource materials for LGBTQ students, their parents/guardians, and school administrators in New England. If you have any questions about your rights and need to talk to someone, visit www.GLADAnswers.org
During Oral Argument in Windsor v. U.S., Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested that DOMA renders the marriages of same-sex couples “Skim Milk Marriages.” When the Court issues its ruling this month, what might they say about the marriages of same-sex couples?
Congratulations students on finishing up another school year!
The year may be winding down, but GLAD still wants you to know your rights.
Read on for a summary of some of the more important rights you need to know. But remember, you can always contact GLAD’s Legal InfoLine with any questions.
If DOMA is overturned and you are in the process of appealing a previous tax return, you may be eligible to receive a refund on the extra taxes you paid. The IRS allows you to file amended income tax returns up to three years after the original return was filed. For example, in most cases you can still file an amended return for the 2009 tax year provided the IRS receives it before this April’s filing deadline. Read on for more information from our Legal InfoLine Manager, Bruce Bell.
We’ve come a good way towards establishing legal protections for transgender people in New England in the past several years. In 2011, both Connecticut and Massachusetts added gender identity to their anti-discrimination laws, joining Rhode Island (2001), Maine (2005) and Vermont (2007) in providing protections in employment, housing and credit, and, in all but Massachusetts, public accommodations (like restaurants, bars, parks, stores, hospitals, shelters, etc.). But there is still work to do.
One of the great things about living in New England is that all six states offer anti-discrimination protections for LGBT employees and workers who are living with HIV. Most workers are “employees at will” and can be fired or discriminated against by their employer for any reason or no reason at all. However, states have identified “protected characteristics” and made it illegal to fire or discriminate against an employee just because they possess, or are perceived to possess, one or more of those characteristics. For lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) workers, the protected characteristic is “sexual orientation,” for workers living with HIV, “disability,” and for transgender workers, “gender identity.”
GLAD recently provided assistance to a man charged with a serious crime—who spent over a month in jail as a result—simply because he is HIV-positive. Since then, I have been thinking about the necessity of education, particularly when it aims to dispel wholly unfounded beliefs.