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August 20, 2015

Massachusetts Updates Process for Changing Gender on Birth Certificates

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has modernized the standard and process for changing gender markers on birth certificates.  As a result, proof of surgery is no longer required.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has worked extensively with advocates and policymakers in Massachusetts and …

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August 18, 2015

GLAD Announces New Board Members

GLAD announced the appointments of David Hayter and Terry Holzman to its Board of Directors.

“I am delighted to welcome David and Terry to GLAD’s Board at this exciting time in our history,” said Board President Dianne Phillips. “Their expertise and commitment will help ensure that GLAD remains at …

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August 17, 2015

GLAD Celebrates the Life and Mourns the Death of Julian Bond

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders marked the passing of civil rights leader Julian Bond with this statement from Executive Director Janson Wu:

"We are grateful today for the life and leadership of Julian Bond. He believed that civil rights belong to everyone, and his lifelong commitment to …

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August 12, 2015

RI Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Children in DCYF Care from Discrimination

Today Governor Raimondo signed a bill sponsored by Senator Gayle Goldin and Representative Grace Diaz adding non-discrimination language to the Children’s Bill of Rights, a document given to all youth and posted at all programs serving youth in the care of the RI Department of Children, Youth and …

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August 7, 2015

GLAD Deplores Judge’s Dismissal of Class Action Suit Against Social Security Administration

U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson has dismissed a class action lawsuit in which the Social Security Administration (SSA) was charged with discriminating against SSI recipients who are married to a person of the same sex.  Social Security did not recognize the recipients’ marriages until more than …

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August 7, 2015

Updated MA Law Modernizes Process for Gender Marker Changes on Birth Certificates

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recently modernized its vital records law, enabling transgender people to receive an accurate birth certificate by providing proof of “medical intervention” rather than proof of surgery. The change went into effect on August 1.

“This is a critically important …

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August 6, 2015

GLAD Statement on 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

(August 6, 2015) Today is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which prohibited racial discrimination in voting, and expanded the enfranchisement of African-Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.  

The U.S. Supreme Court greatly diminished the scope and …

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August 3, 2015

GLAD Stands with Planned Parenthood

GLAD joins organizations across the country in the following letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner:

As organizations committed to ensuring that quality health care is affordable and available in communities across the country, we are writing to strongly …

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July 31, 2015

GLAD to Honor Jennifer Finney Boylan at Spirit of Justice Award Dinner

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will present the Spirit of Justice Award to Jennifer Finney Boylan, first best-selling transgender author in the U.S., whose writings, teachings, and activism have significantly illuminated and articulated transgender experience.

“Jennifer Finney …

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July 30, 2015

Who Should Pay for SSA’s Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples?

In class action lawsuit, GLAD and Justice in Aging say it should be SSA 

Anti-LGBT discrimination hurts everyone in our community. But the impact on those who are economically vulnerable can be devastating.

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program exists to assist those with extremely …

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