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Rhode Island News

June 10, 2016

GLAD Praises RI Dept. of Ed Guidelines on Supporting Transgender Students

Rhode Island’s Department of Education (RIDE) has issued guidelines to schools to protect the state’s transgender students.

“The guidance is excellent and comprehensive,” said Jennifer Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project for GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). “Rhode Island was …

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November 25, 2015

Rhode Island says Transgender Health Insurance Exclusions are Prohibited under State Law

Yesterday, the Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner released a bulletin Regarding Prohibited Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Expression. The bulletin is a significant step toward increasing access to critical health care for transgender residents of Rhode …

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November 6, 2015

TGI and GLAD Applaud Removal of Medicaid Coverage Exclusions for Transgender Rhode Islanders

This week, Rhode Island’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that the state’s Medicaid program has removed arbitrary and outdated coverage exclusions for transgender Rhode Islanders.  The new guidance can be read here.

All major national medical and mental health experts, including …

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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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July 30, 2015

Who Should Pay for SSA’s Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples?

In class action lawsuit, GLAD and Justice in Aging say it should be SSA 

Anti-LGBT discrimination hurts everyone in our community. But the impact on those who are economically vulnerable can be devastating.

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program exists to assist those with extremely …

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July 23, 2015

GLAD ED Janson Wu’s Statement in Support of the Equality Act

Today the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT non-discrimination bill was introduced in Congress.  Janson Wu, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, issued the following statement:

“At GLAD we continue to hear from hardworking LGBT people who have been hurt by …

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July 20, 2015

GLAD Applauds EEOC Ruling: Title VII Sex Discrimination Prohibition Includes Sexual Orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a critical ruling that discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation violates the prohibition on sex discrimination in Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act.

The landmark July 16 ruling recognizes that federal employees …

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July 15, 2015

RI Adds LGBTQ-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Language to Children’s Bill of Rights

Rhode Island has added LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination language to the Children’s Bill of Rights for youth in care of the Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF):

“No child shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual …

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July 14, 2015

Class Action Lawsuit Charges Walmart with Anti-Gay Discrimination

GLAD and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC) have filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart, charging the retail giant with discriminating against employees who were married to same-sex spouses by denying their spouses health insurance benefits.

The class …

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June 5, 2015

A Big Week for Transgender Rights Across New England

This week saw several substantial steps forward on key matters of concern for transgender people in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire.

On Monday, June 1, the Connecticut Senate passed by a vote of 32 to 3 a bill that modernizes the process for changing gender on birth certificates …

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