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February 27, 2015

Opening Brief Filed Today with SCOTUS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lawyers for Michigan nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who seek to marry in their home state of Michigan, today filed their opening brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court agreed to hear their case, DeBoer v. Snyder, along with marriage-related cases from Ohio, Tennessee …

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January 16, 2015

SCOTUS Will Hear Marriage Case Filed by Michigan Nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse

Washington, D.C., January 16, 2015 – The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review a federal appeals court decision upholding Michigan’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. By granting the petition filed by Michigan couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, the Court will be considering Michigan’s ban …

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December 29, 2014

GLAD Announces New Board Members

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced the appointments of Mark Stephen Brown and Shane Dunn to its Board of Directors.

“I am excited to welcome Mark and Shane to GLAD’s Board,” said Board President Dianne Phillips. “At this critical time for our community, their passion and …

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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

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (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 …

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November 24, 2014

Statement of Janson Wu, GLAD 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

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 about the fact that critical members of the …

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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.
 
As a result of this …

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November 5, 2014

Transgender and Homeless:

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 Transgender Political Coalition and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders are making available …

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