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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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July 28, 2015

GLAD Calls for End to Conversion Therapy in Massachusetts

Bennett Klein, Senior Attorney for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) testified today in favor of banning the destructive practice of so-called “conversion therapy” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  His testimony came at a hearing of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Children, …

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July 23, 2015

GLAD ED Janson Wu’s Statement in Support of the Equality Act

Today the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT non-discrimination bill was introduced in Congress.  Janson Wu, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, issued the following statement:

“At GLAD we continue to hear from hardworking LGBT people who have been hurt by …

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July 22, 2015

DOJ Declines to Weigh in on Exclusion of Transgender People from ADA Protections

Yesterday in a Statement of Interest filed in the case Blatt v. Cabela’s Retail, the Department of Justice (DOJ) declined to weigh in on the constitutionality of an explicit transgender exclusion written into the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Today is the 25th anniversary of the passage of …

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July 20, 2015

GLAD Applauds EEOC Ruling: Title VII Sex Discrimination Prohibition Includes Sexual Orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a critical ruling that discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation violates the prohibition on sex discrimination in Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act.

The landmark July 16 ruling recognizes that federal employees …

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July 15, 2015

RI Adds LGBTQ-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Language to Children’s Bill of Rights

Rhode Island has added LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination language to the Children’s Bill of Rights for youth in care of the Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF):

“No child shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual …

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July 14, 2015

Class Action Lawsuit Charges Walmart with Anti-Gay Discrimination

GLAD and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC) have filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart, charging the retail giant with discriminating against employees who were married to same-sex spouses by denying their spouses health insurance benefits.

The class …

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July 8, 2015

Expanding Protections for Families: Maine Adopts a State-of-the-Art Law

Maine has adopted a state-of-the-art law clarifying who is a legal parent – whether based on intent to parent, marriage or holding out a child as your own, long term-caretaking and responsibility, or genetics. Both houses of the Maine legislature voted June 30 to override Governor LePage's veto in …

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June 29, 2015

CT Governor Signs Bill Modernizing Process to Change Gender on Birth Certificates

GLAD Publishes Toolkit to Assist Transgender People Making Changes

Last week, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill that updates the state’s birth certificate procedures, enabling transgender people to change their birth certificates to the appropriate gender without having to …

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