Blog Posts for Connecticut
The following is excerpted from The Huffington Post.
Together, if we have the tenacity to strive for an even more just and inclusive world, we can make this generation of young people the first to know what it feels like to, in Leelah's words, always be "treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights."
In 2015, we at GLAD are committed to do better by our community with your help and support.
Please contact us if you have received a letter from Social Security demanding that you repay an “overpayment.” We want to share important and time–sensitive information about protecting your legal rights!
What are our big dreams for 2015? It’s all about creating a world in which we are not just accepted, but celebrated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?