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October 1, 2015

GLAD’s Vickie Henry Nominated to Massachusetts Appeals Court

Vickie Henry, Senior Staff Attorney and Youth Initiative Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been nominated by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

“We are so proud and excited for Vickie and this recognition of what an …

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September 18, 2015

LGBT SSI Recipients Appeal Case Challenging SSA Efforts to Collect Overpayments

Oakland, CA.—Today, Justice in Aging, along with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), and Foley Hoag LLP appealed a district court’s cursory dismissal of a class action lawsuit seeking to stop the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) demands to recover overpayments from a group of SSI …

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September 16, 2015

GLAD Files Suit Against Mutual of Omaha for Denying Gay Man Insurance Because of Truvada

Today, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a claim with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) charging that Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company discriminated when it denied a gay man long term care insurance because he is taking Truvada.  Truvada, a form of PrEP or …

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August 20, 2015

Massachusetts Updates Process for Changing Gender on Birth Certificates

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has modernized the standard and process for changing gender markers on birth certificates.  As a result, proof of surgery is no longer required.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has worked extensively with advocates and policymakers in Massachusetts and …

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August 18, 2015

GLAD Announces New Board Members

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced the appointments of David Hayter and Terry Holzman to its Board of Directors.

“I am delighted to welcome David and Terry to GLAD’s Board at this exciting time in our history,” said Board President Dianne Phillips. “Their expertise and commitment …

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August 6, 2015

GLAD Statement on 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

(August 6, 2015) Today is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which prohibited racial discrimination in voting, and expanded the enfranchisement of African-Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.  

The U.S. Supreme Court greatly diminished the scope and …

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July 31, 2015

GLAD to Honor Jennifer Finney Boylan at Spirit of Justice Award Dinner

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will present the Spirit of Justice Award to Jennifer Finney Boylan, first best-selling transgender author in the U.S., whose writings, teachings, and activism have significantly illuminated and articulated transgender experience.

“Jennifer Finney …

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July 28, 2015

GLAD Calls for End to Conversion Therapy in Massachusetts

Bennett Klein, Senior Attorney for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) testified today in favor of banning the destructive practice of so-called “conversion therapy” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  His testimony came at a hearing of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Children, …

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July 23, 2015

GLAD ED Janson Wu’s Statement in Support of the Equality Act

Today the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT non-discrimination bill was introduced in Congress.  Janson Wu, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, issued the following statement:

“At GLAD we continue to hear from hardworking LGBT people who have been hurt by …

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July 22, 2015

DOJ Declines to Weigh in on Exclusion of Transgender People from ADA Protections

Yesterday in a Statement of Interest filed in the case Blatt v. Cabela’s Retail, the Department of Justice (DOJ) declined to weigh in on the constitutionality of an explicit transgender exclusion written into the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Today is the 25th anniversary of the passage of …

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