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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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October 10, 2007

Marriage Equality to be Focus of Stamford Panel Discussion

October 10, 2007 —On Wednesday, October 17th, major players within the Connecticut marriage equality movement will gather for Connecticut Marriage Equality: Where are we now?, a panel discussion hosted by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Love Makes a Family, and the Triangle Community …

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October 4, 2007

Court to Hear Appeal in Case of Girl with HIV Against MassHealth

October 4, 2007—Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will represent a teenaged girl when she appeals a lower court decision upholding MassHealth’s refusal to pay for her HIV-related surgery. Oral argument in the Massachusetts Court of Appeals is scheduled for October 9, 2007 at 9:30 a.m.

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September 18, 2007

GLAD to Honor Terrence McNally at Spirit of Justice Award Dinner

September 18, 2007—Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will honor Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, one of American’s leading dramatists, at its 8th annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner.  The event takes place on Friday, September 28, 2007 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

“Terrence …

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July 18, 2007

GLAD Challenges IRS on Deduction for Sex Reassignment Surgery

Rhiannon O’Donnabhain “lived in anguish” as a male, struggling with the sense that she was, in fact, a female. In 1996, she was diagnosed with gender identity disorder (GID) and undertook a course of professionally prescribed medical treatments that included her 2001 sex reassignment surgery.

Ms. …

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June 18, 2007

Vermont Family Court Dissolves Civil Union, Orders Visitation

The custody dispute between Janet Jenkins and former civil union spouse Lisa Miller moved closer to a final resolution on Friday June 15, with a final order from Vermont Family Court Judge William Cohen dissolving the civil union and ordering regular parent-child contact between Janet Jenkins and …

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June 14, 2007

GLAD Cheers Defeat of Anti-Gay, Anti-Marriage Equality Measure

GLAD’s successful lawsuit, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, brought marriage equality to Massachusetts. We’re proud of our state today,and we applaud the legislature for showing that Massachusetts is strongly behind fairness. Equality for gay and lesbian citizens has
enriched our state, …

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