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June 17, 2008

A Toast to Happiness and Equality

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the organization whose successful lawsuit
brought marriage equality to Massachusetts, today offered congratulations to California’s
marrying same-sex couples, their families, friends, and allies.

“Californians can expect an outbreak of happiness and …

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June 16, 2008

GLAD Applauds AMA’s Support for Transgender Health Care

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) applauded the American Medical
Association’s (AMA) support for transgender health care, declared today by a resolution
passed by the AMA’s House of Delegates.
Meeting in Chicago, the House of Delegates passed a resolution entitled “Removing …

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May 19, 2008

GLAD Salutes LGBT Families With Podcast

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is celebrating both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with the podcast “What a Good Family Can Look Like: Adoption of Susan.” It relates the 1993 story of Ellen Wade and Maureen Brodoff, who both sought to become full legal parents to their young daughter, …

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May 15, 2008

GLAD Congratulates California on Marriage Win

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders applauds today’s decision by the California Supreme Court allowing same-sex couples to marry. The majority of the California Supreme Court ruled that the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage violates the state constitution, and that a separate system …

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April 16, 2008

GLAD Celebrates Ten Years of Protections for People with HIV

Ten years ago this June, the U.S. Supreme Court answered “yes” to the question: Are people with HIV protected from discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?  In so doing, they sent a message to health care providers, employers, schools, and landlords across the country: you …

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March 12, 2008

GLAD Celebrates St. Pat’s With Podcast “100% Irish: Hurley v. GLIB”

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is marking St. Patrick’s Day with the podcast “100% Irish: Hurley v. GLIB”, which relates the 3-year fight by a group of gay Irish-Americans to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The podcast is the third in a 12-part series celebrating GLAD’s …

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February 19, 2008

GLAD Applauds Victory in Case of Girl With HIV

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders applauded today’s decision by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals in favor of 18-year-old Ashley Shaw who has sought to get MassHealth to cover her AIDS-related surgery.

“This is a great victory because it affirms that a teenaged girl living with AIDS must …

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February 15, 2008

GLAD Spotlights Boy Scouts Case on 30th Anniversary Website

In the late 1990’s, suits all over the country took various approaches to challenge the Boy Scouts’ discrimination against gay men and youth. Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) engaged in one of the few successful suits, Boy Scouts of America v. Wyman in Connecticut, in which the Scouts …

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February 1, 2008

GLAD Applauds Decision Affirming Schools Diversity Teaching

(February 1, 2008) Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) applauds yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upholding the right of Lexington schools to teach about diverse families and marriage between people of the same sex as public school educators see fit.

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January 15, 2008

GLAD Launches 30th Anniversary Website and Podcast Series

(January 15, 2008) Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders today launched its 30th anniversary website (, featuring the first in a series of podcasts on cutting edge lawsuits from the group’s archives.

Each month during 2008 GLAD will highlight a precedent-setting case that …

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