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Blog Posts for Connecticut

September 19, 2014 9:35 am

Gender Presumptions on Trial

During the question and answer period after delivering the keynote address at this year’s Lavender Law Transgender Law Institute (TLI), I learned that a portion of my remarks inspired palpable discomfort among some in attendance.  Surfacing and naming that discomfort served as an effective tool to highlight the painful experience of having your gender identity publicly questioned, something that those of us who are gender nonconforming (whether transgender identifying or not) experience routinely.

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July 29, 2014 1:24 pm

Equality is Not the Finish Line

Simply removing discriminatory laws from the books should be the bare minimum of what we seek. The ultimate prize is not equality - it's justice.

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July 24, 2014 10:13 am

The D Word: LGBT Workplace Discrimination

With summer comes summer jobs for many of New England’s youth, whether that be scooping ice cream, working at a summer camp, or maybe scoring an exciting internship. Wherever you may find yourself working this summer, there’s a chance you could encounter the pesky “D”-word: discrimination.

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July 17, 2014 9:40 am

Advancing Health Care Access for Transgender People: Medicare, MassHealth and Beyond

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.

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July 7, 2014 3:30 pm

Religious Exemptions and Civil Rights Law

Fighting legal challenges to civil rights laws on the grounds of religious belief.

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July 7, 2014 11:16 am

Preserving Your Tax Rights After DOMA

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.

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June 30, 2014 4:23 pm

Medicare: Analysis and Studies Submitted to Update Standards of Care for Transgender Patients

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.

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June 18, 2014 2:00 pm

Cyberbullying: Know Your Rights

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. 

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June 18, 2014 8:40 am

What are you GLAD about? Tell us with #ImGLAD!

To celebrate pride all month long, express your support for LGBT Equality with #ImGLAD!

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June 11, 2014 2:56 pm

Congratulations, Class of 2014!

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.

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