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April 19, 2016

GLAD, NCLR Applaud Decision Affirming US DOE Rule Mandating Equal Treatment of Trans Students

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today applaud a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which confirms policy set by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights that ensures Gavin Grimm, a 15-year-old …

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April 13, 2016

Lawsuit Paves Way for Improvements to Overpayment Collection for LGBT Couples Receiving SSI

As a result, in part, of a lawsuit filed by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Justice in Aging, and Foley Hoag LLP on behalf of plaintiffs Hugh Held and Kelley Richardson-Wright and a proposed nationwide class, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued a new policy that provides a …

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April 7, 2016

GLAD Statement on ME Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) issued the following statement on the new ballot initiative to remove sexual orientation and gender identity from Maine’s Human Rights Act:

“This latest effort to support discrimination against Maine’s LGBTQ people will be found profoundly distasteful by …

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April 5, 2016

Oral Arguments Heard in Case Addressing Legal Relationship of Children and Non-Biological Mother

Oral arguments were heard today by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in Partanen v. Gallagher, a case involving legal parentage for a non-birth mother who, with her former partner, mutually agreed to have children by means of assisted reproduction and then raised the children together. …

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March 23, 2016

GLAD Applauds NH House Passage of Ban on Conversion Therapy

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today applauded the New Hampshire House of Representatives for passing a bill banning conversion therapy, specifically prohibiting persons licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in the discredited and harmful practice of seeking to change …

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March 7, 2016

SCOTUS Reverses Alabama High Court, Upholds Lesbian Mother’s Adoption

In an important victory for families, the U.S. Supreme Court today reversed the Alabama Supreme Court's decision in which it refused to recognize a lesbian mother's Georgia adoption of her three children.

"GLAD congratulates our colleagues at NCLR and especially the plaintiff and her children," …

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February 25, 2016

Treat Lipodystrophy Coalition Cheers MA Senate Approval of Bill to Cover Treatment

The Treat Lipodystrophy Coalition (TLC) applauded the Massachusetts Senate’s unanimous approval today of S 2137, which requires insurance coverage for the treatment of HIV-related lipodystrophy. TLC, led by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and AIDS Action Committee, is a coalition of people …

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February 23, 2016

GLAD Now Stands for GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), the precedent-setting legal organization that has fought for LGBTQ and HIV rights for nearly 40 years, is announcing a new name: GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD).

GLAD, which is widely recognized for its outsized impact, brought marriage equality …

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February 13, 2016

GLAD Statement on the Passing of Justice Scalia

GLAD offers its condolences to Justice Antonin Scalia's family, colleagues, and friends on the death of this influential jurist, devoted husband and loving father. While we may have disagreed on constitutional interpretation, we shared and respected his passion for the law. 

February 9, 2016

1,200 Workers to Receive Notice of Lawsuit

Today a court-approved notice is being mailed to nearly 1,200 current and former Walmart employees who may have been denied the ability to put their same-sex spouses on their employee health plan.  The notice is the next step in a class action lawsuit arising from the case of Jacqueline Cote, a …

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