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October 7, 2008

GLAD to Honor Founder John Ward at Spirit of Justice Award Dinner

John Ward is a soft-spoken man who makes history, loudly.  In 1978, as the first openly gay male lawyer to practice in Boston, he fought against anti-gay measures in the city.  As he did so, he founded an organization- Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders – that for three decades has won vital legal …

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September 24, 2008

Suit Seeks to End Illegal Restrictions on NH Group Home

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed suit today in Keene Superior Court on behalf of AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region (ASMR), which operates a group home in Gilsum for people with HIV and Hepatitis C. The lawsuit asserts that the Town of Gilsum has illegally restricted the client …

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August 19, 2008

Podcast Considers Rights of Transgender Students

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) marks August, the month of back-to-school shopping and jitters, by highlighting the 2000 case Doe v. Yunit.  GLAD successfully represented Trina Harrington, a Brockton (MA) seventh-grader, whose principal would not let her wear skirts and barrettes to …

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July 29, 2008

GLAD Cheers Repeal of “1913” Law

Today, the Massachusetts legislature has repealed the “1913” law that prevented same - sex couples from most other states from marrying there. Governor Deval Patrick is
expected to sign the bill into law.

The repeal of the antiquated law, spearheaded in the legislature by MassEquality, was …

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July 28, 2008

GLAD Donors Raise $34,000 To Defend CA Marriage Equality

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) used its annual Summer Party to support and defend California marriage equality in a very meaningful way – with
contributions from GLAD donors.

GLAD donor Scott Davenport put up a $15,000 challenge and urged other donors to step up to the plate. “It’s …

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July 17, 2008

Kate Clinton Will Wield Auctioneer’s Gavel at GLAD Summer Party

GLAD’s annual Summer Party on July 26 in Provincetown will feature summer sun (fingers crossed), a spectacular harbor view, cocktails, and a turn at the auctioneer’s podium by comedian Kate Clinton.

Ms. Clinton will auction items including:

  • VIP passes to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • One week …

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June 18, 2008

GLAD Launches Transgender Rights Project

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced the launch of a Transgender Rights Project, to be led by attorney Jennifer Levi. Levi, a nationally-recognized expert in transgender legal issues, has been on GLAD’s staff since 1998.

“Transgender people face the most basic and blatant …

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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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