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April 8, 2014

GLAD Announces New Board Members

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is thrilled to announce the appointment of four new board members: Beck Bailey, Darian Butcher, Andre Campagna, and Jessica Mink.

“I warmly welcome our newest Board members Andre, Beck, Darian and Jessica,” said Board President Dianne Phillips. “At this …

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March 14, 2014

GLAD Urges 1st Circuit to Affirm Medically Necessary Care for Transgender Prisoner

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders submitted a brief today to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in the case Kosilek v. Spencer, supporting the right of an incarcerated transgender woman to receive medically necessary care to treat her severe gender identity disorder (GID).

On January 17, 2014, …

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March 6, 2014

GLAD Convenes Broad Array of Amicus Briefs in Support of Utah and Oklahoma Marriage Cases

A broad swath of marriage equality supporters weighed in with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit yesterday, filing amicus briefs in Kitchen v. Herbert and Bishop v. Smith, the Utah and Oklahoma marriages cases respectively.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders’ Civil Rights Project …

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March 5, 2014

GLAD Urges Coverage for Treatment of Disfiguring Side Effect of HIV Medications

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will testify today in support of a bill requiring insurance coverage for the treatment of lipodystrophy, a debilitating and disfiguring side effect of HIV medications. The disfiguring effects of lipodystrophy are so severe that many people with the …

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March 3, 2014

GLAD Applauds Portsmouth Discrimination Protections for Transgender Citizens

Today by a unanimous vote of 9-0, Portsmouth’s City Council passed a resolution directing the city manager to adopt a non-discrimination policy to protect transgender municipal employees from discrimination.  The resolution was introduced by Portsmouth’s Assistant Mayor, Jim Splaine.

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January 30, 2014

GLAD Celebrates Breakthrough Ruling in Favor of Transgender Student

Bangor, Maine, -- Today, Maine’s highest court ruled that denying a transgender girl the use of the girls’ restroom at her school violated her rights under Maine’s Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination against transgender people. The decision in Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders’ …

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January 30, 2014

Fontbonne Academy Sued for Anti-Gay Hiring Practices

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) against Fontbonne Academy, a religiously affiliated college preparatory school in Milton, after the school terminated a man they had just hired as Food Services …

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January 28, 2014

Brookdale Senior Living Sued for Barring Employee’s Same-Sex Spouse from Health Plan

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has filed a charge of discrimination with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Brookdale Senior Living on behalf of Kerry Considine, an employee who was denied the right to put her wife, Renee Considine, onto her …

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January 17, 2014

Ruling in Favor of Treatment for Transgender Inmate Upholds Important Constitutional Principle

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) welcomed the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Commonwealth cannot deny Michelle Kosilek, an incarcerated transgender woman, gender reassignment surgery to treat her severe gender dysphoria.

The 2-1 decision in  Kosilek v. Spencer read in …

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January 14, 2014

Thomas Leavitt Joins Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders as Director of Development

Veteran fundraising professional Thomas Leavitt has joined the staff of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders as Director of Development.

“We are thrilled to have Tom join the GLAD team at this critical time for our community,” said Lee Swislow, GLAD’s Executive Director.  “After the phenomenal …

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