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October 1, 2015

GLAD’s Vickie Henry Nominated to Massachusetts Appeals Court

Vickie Henry, Senior Staff Attorney and Youth Initiative Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been nominated by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

“We are so proud and excited for Vickie and this recognition of what an …

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September 18, 2015

LGBT SSI Recipients Appeal Case Challenging SSA Efforts to Collect Overpayments

Oakland, CA.—Today, Justice in Aging, along with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), and Foley Hoag LLP appealed a district court’s cursory dismissal of a class action lawsuit seeking to stop the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) demands to recover overpayments from a group of SSI …

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September 18, 2015

Statement on Maine Law Court Oral Argument in Kinney v. Busch

Today, the Maine Law Court heard oral argument in a pending divorce case between two women on a legal question reported to them for decision from the Maine District Court.  The question is:

May property acquired between October 14, 2008 and December 29, 2012, by a same-sex couple married in the …

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September 16, 2015

GLAD Files Suit Against Mutual of Omaha for Denying Gay Man Insurance Because of Truvada

Today, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a claim with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) charging that Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company discriminated when it denied a gay man long term care insurance because he is taking Truvada. Truvada, a form of PrEP or …

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August 24, 2015

Advocates Condemn Plan to Detain Transgender Women at Adelanto

New York, NY —  Today, over 100 national and local LGBTQ, immigrant, and civil rights organizations urged President Obama to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from considering the Adelanto Detention Facility as a center to detain transgender immigrants.

The Adelanto Detention Facility …

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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 20, 2015

LGBT Rights Organizations Join Amnesty International in Call to Decriminalize Sex Work

August 20, 2015 – On Thursday, several LGBT rights organizations across the country issued the following joint statement in support of Amnesty International’s August 11th resolution supporting sex worker human rights.

Joint Statement in Support of Amnesty International Resolution:

As LGBT rights …

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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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