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October 12, 2016

Defending the MA Transgender Public Accommodations Law

Statement of Jennifer Levi, Transgender Rights Project Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

This week, opponents of legal protections for transgender people in Massachusetts waged two attacks on the recently enacted law.  Jennifer Levi issued the following statement on the anti-transgender …

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October 11, 2016

Attorney Patience Crozier Joins GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will add to its strength and depth on October 17 when Patience (Polly) Crozier joins the team as Senior Staff Attorney.

Crozier is an experienced trial court litigator and appellate advocate who for the last four years was partner in the law firm Kauffman …

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October 4, 2016

MA SJC Establishes Parental Rights for Non-Marital Parents

Today the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision in Partanen v. Gallagher, declaring that Karen Partanen, a non-birth mother, can be a legal parent to the two children she raised with her former partner Julie Gallagher.  The decision can be read here.

Partanen and Gallagher …

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September 1, 2016

MA Attorney General, MCAD Issue Guidance on Transgender Public Accommodations Law

Today the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) each issued guidance on implementation and compliance with the new transgender public accommodations law, which will go into effect October 1.

GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director …

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August 23, 2016

GLAD Applauds NH High Court Ruling on Role of Premarital Cohabitation in Divorce Proceedings

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today applauded the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s ruling that a premarital period of interdependent cohabitation may be considered in the division of property when a couple, whether same-sex or opposite sex, is divorcing.

“We are still working toward full …

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August 22, 2016

District Court Issues Injunction against Guidance Protecting Transgender Students

“We will continue to file lawsuits representing transgender students and litigate them to the fullest extent of the law.”

(Fort Worth, TX – August 22, 2016) – A U.S. District Court judge today issued a preliminary injunction against the federal government’s guidance to public school districts …

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August 15, 2016

District Court Hears Challenge to Federal Guidance Protecting Transgender Students and Employees

“We oppose the efforts of state officials to manipulate the federal court system in order to skirt well-established law in their home circuits that affirm and respect the rights of transgender students and employees.”

(FORT WORTH, Texas) – Five leading national civil and LGBT rights organizations …

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August 1, 2016

MA Legislature Passes Insurance Mandate to Cover HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy

The Massachusetts House and Senate approved a bill late last night requiring insurance coverage for the treatment of HIV-related lipodystrophy. An Act Relative to HIV-associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome Treatment, sponsored by Representative Sarah Peake and Senator Mark Montigny, mandates that …

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July 14, 2016

Phill Wilson Black AIDS Institute Founder & President to Receive GLAD’s 2016 Spirit of Justice

Phill Wilson, founder and President of the Black AIDS Institute, and an early voice on HIV in the Black community, will be the recipient of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders’ 2016 Spirit of Justice Award. 

“We could not be more pleased to honor Phill Wilson, whose work and example has been …

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July 13, 2016

One Hundred Doctors Urge Passage of MA Bill to Treat HIV-Related Lipodystrophy

Over 100 Massachusetts doctors have written a letter to MA House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, urging the passage of An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Treatment (H927), a first-of-its-kind bill which would mandate insurance coverage to treat long-term survivors of HIV for a disfiguring …

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