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August 6, 2014

Marriage Equality Now Means Marriage Equality in New Hampshire

Updated August 6: GLAD Senior Staff Attorney Janson Wu joined Governor Hassan, primary sponsor Senator Bette Lasky, and members of Granite State Progress at a ceremonial signing of SB 394:


Although same-sex couples have been able to marry in New Hampshire since January 2010, GLAD has continued …

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August 1, 2014

Update on An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Treatment

The Massachusetts legislative session ended July 31 and, unfortunately, An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Treatment did not pass. Efforts to ensure treatement for people with lipodystrophy will continue. 

Read a message from GLAD AIDS Law Project Director Ben Klein.

July 21, 2014

Impact of White House EO on LGBT Federal Workers and Contractors in New England

Statement by Gary Buseck, Interim Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Every day we hear about LGBT people who are not treated equally on the job. We agree with the President that workers should be judged only by their ability to get the job done, but know that is not always …

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July 8, 2014

Joint Statement on Withdrawal of Support for ENDA

The following national organizations have signed onto the below statement: American Civil Liberties Union; Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Lambda Legal; National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Transgender Law Center.

Joint Statement on Withdrawal of Support for ENDA and Call for Equal …

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July 2, 2014

NH Supreme Court Rules a Parent is a Parent
In an important win for LGBT families, the New Hampshire Supreme Court today ruled that our client Susan B. is a legal parent to the daughter she brought into the world with her now ex-partner,
Melissa D.
In recognizing that "children do best when both parents have a stable and meaningful …

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June 26, 2014

Social Security Issues Additional Policies for Same-Sex Couples

On June 20, 2014, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued extensive guidance on eligibility for spouse-based retirement and survivor benefits, Medicare and SSI benefits, which greatly expands the number of same-sex couples who are eligible for those benefits.  GLAD, together with other LGBT …

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June 25, 2014

Attorney General Reports to President on Windsor Implementation

On June 20, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a memorandum to President Obama detailing the progress that has been made in implementing the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor decision of June 26, 2013.  That decision struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which prevented …

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June 20, 2014

Massachusetts to Remove Barriers to Transgender Health Care

This afternoon, the Patrick Administration announced that it will remove barriers to health care coverage for transgender people in both private insurance and in public programs.

“This announcement is truly historic,” said Jennifer Levi, director of the Transgender Rights Project at Gay & Lesbian …

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June 10, 2014

AMA Issues New Transgender Policies

GLAD today applauded new transgender-supportive birth certificate policies adopted by the American Medical Association (AMA).

Yesterday, the AMA’s governing House of Delegates adopted a report recommending that states eliminate any requirement that individuals undergo gender affirmation surgery in …

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June 9, 2014

Urvashi Vaid to Receive GLAD’s 2014 Spirit of Justice Award

GLAD will present the Spirit of Justice Award to activist icon Urvashi Vaid, a community organizer, writer and civil rights attorney who has been an inspirational leader in the LGBT and social justice movements for more than three decades.

Photo: Katja Heinemann

“Urvashi reminds us that our …

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