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Massachusetts News

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 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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November 30, 2016

GLAD and AIDS Action File Brief with MA SJC in Landmark Syringe Access Case

GLAD and AIDS Action Committee filed a brief November 28 at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a suit fighting efforts by the town of Barnstable to shut down a life-saving needle distribution program operated by AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC). A Superior Court judge granted ASGCC a …

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October 12, 2016

Defending the MA Transgender Public Accommodations Law

Statement of Jennifer Levi, Transgender Rights Project Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

This week, opponents of legal protections for transgender people in Massachusetts waged two attacks on the recently enacted law.  Jennifer Levi issued the following statement on the anti-transgender …

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October 4, 2016

MA SJC Establishes Parental Rights for Non-Marital Parents

Today the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision in Partanen v. Gallagher, declaring that Karen Partanen, a non-birth mother, can be a legal parent to the two children she raised with her former partner Julie Gallagher.  The decision can be read here.

Partanen and Gallagher …

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August 11, 2016

Governor Baker Signs Historic Law Requiring Treatment for HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy

On August 10, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome Treatment, which will go into effect November 9. This first-of-its-kind legislation, sponsored by Senator Mark Montigny and Representative Sarah Peake, requires public and …

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August 1, 2016

MA Legislature Passes Insurance Mandate to Cover HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy

The Massachusetts House and Senate approved a bill late last night requiring insurance coverage for the treatment of HIV-related lipodystrophy. An Act Relative to HIV-associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome Treatment, sponsored by Representative Sarah Peake and Senator Mark Montigny, mandates that …

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July 14, 2016

Phill Wilson Black AIDS Institute Founder & President to Receive GLAD’s 2016 Spirit of Justice

Phill Wilson, founder and President of the Black AIDS Institute, and an early voice on HIV in the Black community, will be the recipient of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders’ 2016 Spirit of Justice Award. 

“We could not be more pleased to honor Phill Wilson, whose work and example has been …

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July 7, 2016

GLAD Cheers Passage of Massachusetts Public Accommodations Bill

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) issued the following statement by Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi after the Massachusetts House and Senate passed the transgender public accommodations bill, now on its way to Governor Charlie Baker for signature:

“Today is a great day for …

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July 7, 2016

GLAD Cheers Passage of Massachusetts Public Accommodations Bill

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) issued the following statement by Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi after the Massachusetts House and Senate passed transgender accommodations bill, now on its way to Governor Charlie Baker for signature:

“Today is a great day for the …

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