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November 21, 2014

President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

Statement of GLAD Deputy Director Janson Wu:

The Executive Order is a historic step forward for immigrants living in the United States. We welcome the opening this provides to millions who will now be able to live and work in dignity and without the fear of deportation. But we are deeply concerned …

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November 11, 2014

GLAD Appoints Janson Wu, GLAD Deputy Director and Senior Staff Attorney, as New Executive Director

Janson Wu, deputy director and senior staff attorney for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been appointed the organization’s new executive director.  Wu, who has been with GLAD for eight years, will start his new position on December 1, 2014.

“We are thrilled and proud to name Janson …

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November 10, 2014

New Regulations Modernize Process for Changing Gender Designation on Rhode Island Birth Certificates
New vital records regulations, filed Wednesday, October 22, will modernize Rhode Island’s birth certificate policies to allow transgender people to obtain accurate gender designations on their birth certificates. The change in regulations take effect on November 11, 2014.
 
GLAD has prepared a …

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November 5, 2014

Transgender and Homeless:
MTPC and GLAD Distribute Best Practices Guide and Model Policy for Shelters as Winter Approaches

Winter in New England is hard on people without homes, and hard in specific ways for people who are transgender and seeking shelter.  To help shelters better serve transgender guests, the Massachusetts …

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October 30, 2014

GLAD’s Statement on the Passing of Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino

We are saddened to hear of the passing today of long-time Boston Mayor Tom Menino, who was a tremendous ally to the LGBT community.

It is hard to imagine that LGBT people and people living with HIV could have had a more devoted and rock-solid friend than Mayor Menino. His policies and positions …

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October 6, 2014

GLAD Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Action On Marriage Cases

Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear pending cases from five states where circuit courts had upheld the freedom to marry and equal treatment of marriages

GLAD’s interim executive director and legal director Gary Buseck issued the following statement:

“Today’s Supreme Court …

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October 3, 2014

EEOC Clarifies Protections For LGBT Employees

There exist both state and federal employment anti-discrimination laws that protect employees if they are discriminated against because they possess certain characteristics.  All the state employment anti-discrimination laws in New England have sexual orientation as an explicit protected …

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September 29, 2014

GLAD Sues Social Security Administration for Denying Survivor Benefits to Disabled RI Widow

GLAD filed suit today against the Social Security Administration (SSA) in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, charging SSA with wrongfully denying survivor benefits to 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw after the death of her wife, Patricia Baker. The complaint can be read here.

Deb was …

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September 25, 2014

Walmart Denies Lesbian Employee Spousal Health Coverage; GLAD Sues on Her Behalf

GLAD has filed a charge of discrimination against Walmart with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of Jacqueline Cote.  Cote, a Walmart employee, was denied spousal health insurance for her wife, Diana Smithson, who is currently battling ovarian cancer. (The EEOC complaint …

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September 23, 2014

GLAD Promotes the Creation of Middle School GSAs with New Video and Online Resources

GLAD today launched a campaign to encourage the creation of more gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in middle schools across Massachusetts and in New England.

“Young people are coming out at a younger and younger age,” says Vickie Henry, director of GLAD’s Youth Initiative.  “It’s critical to have …

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