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December 16, 2014

GLAD Appalled by Appeals Court Ruling that Dept. of Corrections Can Deny Care to Transgender Woman

The full First Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed an earlier ruling that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide Michelle Kosilek, an incarcerated transgender woman, medically-necessary gender reassignment surgery.

The decision was divided, with a 3-2 majority and two sharply worded …

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December 4, 2014

GLAD Obtains Social Security Survivor Benefits for Disabled RI Widow

GLAD successfully obtained Social Security Widow’s Benefits for 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw after a three-year-long battle with the Social Security Administration (SSA) following the death of Deb’s wife Patricia Baker who passed in 2011. Over $30,000 in back benefits were paid to Deb on Monday, …

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November 24, 2014

Statement of Janson Wu, Deputy Director, on Grand Jury’s Decision Not to Indict Officer
Both the tragic death of Michael Brown and the response of the Ferguson community point to very large problems in our society.  Among those problems is the over-policing that both the African-American and LGBT communities face; as well as pervasive economic inequality and racial injustice.  These …

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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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