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July 21, 2014

Impact of White House Executive Order on LGBT Federal Workers and Contractors in New England

Every day we hear about LGBT people who are not treated equally on the job. We agree with the President that workers should be judged only by their ability to get the job done, but know that is not always the reality.

We applaud today’s executive order, which demonstrates a concrete commitment to …

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July 15, 2014

GLAD Applauds New Hampshire Marriage Bill That Provides More Protection for Same-Sex Couples

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) applauded a bill signed by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan last week that fixes several legal gaps and obstacles for same-sex couples who married or who plan to marry in the state. Although New Hampshire passed a marriage equality bill in 2009, and …

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July 8, 2014

Joint Statement on Withdrawal of Support for ENDA

The following national organizations have signed onto the below statement:
American Civil Liberties Union; Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Lambda Legal;
National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Transgender Law Center.

The provision in the current version of the Employment Non-Discrimination …

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June 30, 2014

Supreme Court Decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

Today’s Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. can only be seen as bad news for women’s health.  There can be no sugar-coating that.  We extend our support to all women, including women in our LGBT community who may be affected by potential restricted access to reproductive …

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June 20, 2014

GLAD Applauds Commonwealth’s Historic Removal of Barriers to Transgender Health Care

(Boston, Massachusetts) This afternoon, the Patrick Administration announced that it will remove barriers to health care coverage for transgender people in both private insurance and in public programs.

“This announcement is truly historic,” said Jennifer Levi, director of the Transgender Rights …

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June 10, 2014

GLAD Applauds New Transgender-Supportive Policies of American Medical Association

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today applauded new transgender-supportive birth certificate policies adopted by the American Medical Association (AMA).

Yesterday, the AMA’s governing House of Delegates adopted a report recommending that states eliminate any requirement that individuals …

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June 9, 2014

GLAD to Honor Urvashi Vaid at Spirit of Justice Award Dinner

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will present the Spirit of Justice Award to activist icon Urvashi Vaid, a community organizer, writer and civil rights attorney who has been an inspirational leader in the LGBT and social justice movements for more than three decades.

“Urvashi truly …

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June 2, 2014

Despite Fall of DOMA, Bayer Corporation Continues to Deny Pension Benefits to CT Gay Widower

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has filed a lawsuit against Pittsburgh-based Bayer Corporation on behalf of Gerald Passaro of Milford, Connecticut, whose late husband, Thomas Buckholz, was a chemist with the company for more than 20 years.  Bayer has denied Passaro spousal survivor …

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May 15, 2014

GLAD Celebrates 10 Years of Marriage Equality in the United States

During the week that Arkansas and Idaho became marriage equality states (pending possible stays) Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is marking the 10th anniversary of the very first marriages of same-sex couples in the United States, which took place in Massachusetts on May 17, 2004.

That …

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May 6, 2014

Prominent Ugandan Gay Activist Files for Asylum in United States

(Boston, MA) John Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist who was featured in the documentaries “Call Me Kuchu” and “Missionaries of Hate,” filed for asylum today in the United States. 

Wambere has been an activist for fourteen years, as a co-founder of Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, …

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