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September 29, 2014

GLAD Sues Social Security Administration for Denying Survivor Benefits to Disabled RI Widow

GLAD filed suit today against the Social Security Administration (SSA) in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, charging SSA with wrongfully denying survivor benefits to 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw after the death of her wife, Patricia Baker. The complaint can be read here.

Deb was …

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September 25, 2014

Walmart Denies Lesbian Employee Spousal Health Coverage; GLAD Sues on Her Behalf

GLAD has filed a charge of discrimination against Walmart with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of Jacqueline Cote.  Cote, a Walmart employee, was denied spousal health insurance for her wife, Diana Smithson, who is currently battling ovarian cancer. (The EEOC complaint …

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September 23, 2014

GLAD Promotes the Creation of Middle School GSAs with New Video and Online Resources

GLAD today launched a campaign to encourage the creation of more gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in middle schools across Massachusetts and in New England.

“Young people are coming out at a younger and younger age,” says Vickie Henry, director of GLAD’s Youth Initiative.  “It’s critical to have …

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September 17, 2014

GLAD’s Mary Bonauto Receives MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

The MacArthur Foundation announced today that Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes referred to as a “genius grant.” The Fellowships are awarded annually to “talented individuals who …

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September 16, 2014

Ugandan Gay Activist John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere Granted Asylum in United States

John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist for over 17 years, has been recommended for asylum in the United States. In a letter dated September 11, 2014, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services informed Wambere that his application was recommended for approval, pending a …

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August 28, 2014

Utah Marriage Equality Plaintiffs Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Review Case

Update September 4, 2014: Three diverse voices – those of business, states, and family and equality groups – filed amici curiae briefs in the Kitchen v. Herbert case. The briefs argue that the high court should take a case or cases in order to resolve the harm and discrimination imposed by marriage …

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August 26, 2014

GLAD Joins Historic Utah Marriage Case

GLAD Civil Rights Project Director Mary Bonauto and Legal Director Gary Buseck have joined colleagues at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Utah attorney Peggy Tomsic as counsel in their historic federal case representing same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in Utah.

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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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