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December 2, 2016

Jacqueline Cote & Walmart Announce Class Settlement Over Insurance for Same-Sex Spouses

BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2016  -- Former Walmart associate Jacqueline Cote and her lawyers filed a motion today asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to grant preliminary approval of a class action settlement in Cote’s action that challenged Walmart’s lack of health insurance …

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November 30, 2016

GLAD and AIDS Action File Brief with MA SJC in Landmark Syringe Access Case

GLAD and AIDS Action Committee filed a brief November 28 at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a suit fighting efforts by the town of Barnstable to shut down a life-saving needle distribution program operated by AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC). A Superior Court judge granted ASGCC a …

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November 21, 2016

Ropes & Gray, GLAD and MTPC Launch Transgender ID Project

New Rapid-Response Program Creates Free Legal Resource for New England Transgender Community

BOSTON, Nov. 21. 2016 – Global law firm Ropes & Gray, together with GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), today announced the launch of …

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November 18, 2016

Transgender Non-Discrimination Bill to be Introduced in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Representative Ed Butler announced plans today to introduce legislation for 2017 that would explicitly prohibit discrimination against transgender people.

“It’s simply a matter of fairness. Transgender people deserve the same freedom from discrimination as anyone else. I believe the …

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November 14, 2016

GLAD and ACLU Urge Thorough Investigation into Suicide at Long Creek

Portland – The ACLU of Maine and GLAD wrote to Attorney General Janet Mills urging special consideration be taken in her investigation into the death of a transgender youth by suicide at Long Creek Youth Development Center sometime in late October or early November. 

“Not only is it critical to …

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November 11, 2016

A Letter to Transgender Youth and Families

To Transgender Youth and Families:

We are here for you. We know and understand the concern and sense of uncertainty many people are feeling in the wake of Tuesday’s election.  We share it, too.  But we are committed to protecting you. We have experience and resources to share and will do …

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November 9, 2016

Coming Together, Moving Forward

The full, devastating impact of yesterday’s election is yet to be known, but I woke up this morning knowing that, first, we must take care of each other.

This is not business as usual. The rhetoric of racism, misogyny and Islamophobia that we endured during the campaign cannot become policy, and …

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October 12, 2016

Defending the MA Transgender Public Accommodations Law

Statement of Jennifer Levi, Transgender Rights Project Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

This week, opponents of legal protections for transgender people in Massachusetts waged two attacks on the recently enacted law.  Jennifer Levi issued the following statement on the anti-transgender …

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October 11, 2016

Attorney Patience Crozier Joins GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will add to its strength and depth on October 17 when Patience (Polly) Crozier joins the team as Senior Staff Attorney.

Crozier is an experienced trial court litigator and appellate advocate who for the last four years was partner in the law firm Kauffman …

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October 4, 2016

MA SJC Establishes Parental Rights for Non-Marital Parents

Today the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision in Partanen v. Gallagher, declaring that Karen Partanen, a non-birth mother, can be a legal parent to the two children she raised with her former partner Julie Gallagher.  The decision can be read here.

Partanen and Gallagher …

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