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September 17, 2014

GLAD’s Mary Bonauto Receives MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

The MacArthur Foundation announced today that Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes referred to as a “genius grant.” The Fellowships are awarded annually to “talented individuals who …

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September 16, 2014

Ugandan Gay Activist John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere Granted Asylum in United States

(Boston) John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist for over 17 years, has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced today. In a letter dated September 11, 2014, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services informed …

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August 28, 2014

Utah Marriage Equality Plaintiffs Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Review Case

Media Contacts:
Erik Olvera
, National Center for Lesbian Rights, 415-365-1324 (office), 415-994-3242 (cell), .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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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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