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October 30, 2014

GLAD’s Statement on the Passing of Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino

We are saddened to hear of the passing today of long-time Boston Mayor Tom Menino, who was a tremendous ally to the LGBT community.

It is hard to imagine that LGBT people and people living with HIV could have had a more devoted and rock-solid friend than Mayor Menino. His policies and positions …

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October 6, 2014

Supreme CT Denies Review of 10th Circuit Decision Striking UT Marriage Ban, Permits Victory to Stand

(Washington, DC, October 6, 2014)—The United States Supreme Court today declined to review the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Utah’s marriage ban for same-sex couples, thereby permitting that decision to stand, as well as a similar decision from Oklahoma. The Court also …

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September 29, 2014

GLAD Sues Social Security Administration for Denying Survivor Benefits to Disabled RI Widow

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed suit today against the Social Security Administration (SSA) in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, charging SSA with wrongfully denying survivor benefits to 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw after the death of her wife, Patricia Baker. The …

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September 25, 2014

Walmart Denies Lesbian Employee Spousal Health Coverage; GLAD Sues on Her Behalf

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has filed a charge of discrimination against Walmart with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of Jacqueline Cote.  Cote, a Walmart employee, was denied spousal health insurance for her wife, Diana Smithson, who is currently …

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September 23, 2014

GLAD Promotes the Creation of Middle School GSAs with New Video and Online Resources

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders today launched a campaign to encourage the creation of more gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in middle schools across Massachusetts and in New England.

“Young people are coming out at a younger and younger age,” said Vickie Henry, director of GLAD’s Youth …

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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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