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May 23, 2016

VT High Court Hears Parentage Case Involving Lesbian Co-Parents

Today Vermont’s Supreme Court heard arguments in Sinnott v. Peck, a case involving a lesbian couple who raised two adopted children together for over ten years. Following the dissolution of their relationship and after jointly parenting for over three years, the adoptive mom began limiting Sarah …

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May 13, 2016

GLAD Applauds Federal Government Guidance on Protecting Transgender Students

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) applauded the guidance issued by the federal government today, directing public schools nationwide to ensure full inclusion of transgender students in schools including removing any barriers keeping transgender students from being able to use bathrooms and …

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May 13, 2016

HHS Issues New Rules Confirming Ban on Health Care and Insurance Discrimination against LGBT People

“These rules will dramatically improve the public health landscape for LGBT populations that suffer persistent health disparities due to pervasive bias and discrimination in health care settings and insurance coverage.”

(May 13, 2016, New York, NY) – The United States Department of Health and …

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May 12, 2016

GLAD Applauds MA Senate Vote Advancing Transgender Non-Discrimination Bill

GLAD issued the following statement by Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi after the Massachusetts State Senate passed the transgender accommodations bill (SB 735) by a vote of 33-4:

“Today we moved one giant step closer to securing full non-discrimination protections for transgender …

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May 9, 2016

Settlement Reached with Catholic High School that Committed Discrimination in Firing Married Gay Man

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today announced a final resolution in the case Barrett v. Fontbonne Academy, in which a Catholic girls’ high school in Milton, MA rescinded an employment offer as food services manager to Matt Barrett, a gay man, upon learning that Matt was married to a man. …

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April 19, 2016

GLAD, NCLR Applaud Decision Affirming US DOE Rule Mandating Equal Treatment of Trans Students

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today applaud a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which confirms policy set by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights that ensures Gavin Grimm, a 15-year-old …

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April 13, 2016

Lawsuit Paves Way for Improvements to Overpayment Collection for LGBT Couples Receiving SSI

As a result, in part, of a lawsuit filed by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Justice in Aging, and Foley Hoag LLP on behalf of plaintiffs Hugh Held and Kelley Richardson-Wright and a proposed nationwide class, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued a new policy that provides a …

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April 7, 2016

GLAD Statement on ME Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) issued the following statement on the new ballot initiative to remove sexual orientation and gender identity from Maine’s Human Rights Act:

“This latest effort to support discrimination against Maine’s LGBTQ people will be found profoundly distasteful by …

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April 5, 2016

Oral Arguments Heard in Case Addressing Legal Relationship of Children and Non-Biological Mother

Oral arguments were heard today by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in Partanen v. Gallagher, a case involving legal parentage for a non-birth mother who, with her former partner, mutually agreed to have children by means of assisted reproduction and then raised the children together. …

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March 23, 2016

GLAD Applauds NH House Passage of Ban on Conversion Therapy

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today applauded the New Hampshire House of Representatives for passing a bill banning conversion therapy, specifically prohibiting persons licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in the discredited and harmful practice of seeking to change …

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