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January 18, 2017

Leading LGBT Advocates Call for Action on Climate, Oppose EPA Nominee Pruitt

Today, leading national LGBT advocates issued an urgent call for action on climate change, and announced their strong opposition to President-elect Trump’s nominee for the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt’s confirmation hearing was held today before the Senate Environment and Public …

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January 10, 2017

OPEN LETTER TO THE U.S. SENATE: Civil & Human Rights Organizations Oppose Confirmation of Sessions

The Senate has a responsibility to consider Session’s record in weighing whether he should be confirmed for this important office. We agree that when they look to his record, particularly regarding people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, women and people with disabilities, they must agree he …

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January 6, 2017

GLAD Applauds Removal of AFA from Connecticut State Charitable Campaign

GLAD Applauds Removal of American Family Association from CT State Charitable Campaign for Failure to Comply with Non-Discrimination Requirement

Today, Connecticut state Comptroller Kevin Lembo announced that the American Family Association (AFA) would no longer be part of the Connecticut State …

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December 29, 2016

GLAD Announces New Board Officers

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will kick off 2017 with new leadership on its Board of Directors. At its December meeting the board voted in Richard J. Yurko as the new President, Joyce Kauffman as the Vice President, Darian Butcher as the Clerk, and David Hayter as the Treasurer. Yurko …

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December 12, 2016

ADF Backs Down from Claim that Churches are Excluded from Coverage Under MA Non-Discrimination Law

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), representing four Massachusetts churches, today formally withdrew the lawsuit it had recently filed, claiming that the Massachusetts public accommodations non-discrimination law violates churches’ First Amendment rights. The lawsuit was Horizon Christian …

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December 12, 2016

Rhode Island Couple’s Court Win Creates Alternative Path to Family Security

Bryce Helie and Cara Millett met in college in 1999 and soon became inseparable.  After graduating, they moved to Rhode Island, where Bryce opened up a deli and Cara went to graduate school. “I knew I wanted to have children,” says Cara, but the couple wanted to make sure they did it in a careful, …

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December 8, 2016

Creating More Inclusive Community College Environments for Transgender Students

Community colleges offer open access to affordable academic and workforce training programs. It is critical that these community institutions are inclusive to all, including transgender students.

GLAD first learned about barriers faced by transgender students at Northern Essex Community College …

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December 6, 2016

Supporting Clemency for Chelsea Manning

GLAD has signed on to a letter supporting Ms. Chelsea Manning's petition for clemency, commuting her court-martial sentence to time-served. Since she was first taken into custody in 2010, Ms. Manning, a transgender woman who is being forced to serve out her sentence in an all-male prison, has been …

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December 5, 2016

Amanda Johnston to be GLAD’s New Director of Public Affairs and Education

The new year will bring GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders a new director of public affairs and education: Amanda Johnston, who has served as GLAD’s senior manager of integrated media since 2007.

During a period of important LGBTQ victories, Amanda contributed significantly to public understanding …

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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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