Your Rights in Massachusetts

GLAD's historic 2003 victory in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health made Massachusetts the first state in the U.S. to grant same-sex couples full marriage equality.

LGBT Issues


Anti-Discrimination Law

Massachusetts’ anti-discrimination law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (currently excluding public accommodations) and HIV status. More →

Family Law

Same-sex couples can marry in Massachusetts. Single gay people can adopt in Massachusetts; same-sex couples can jointly become the legal parents of a child. More →

Hate Crimes, Sex Laws and Police

Sexual orientation and gender identity or expression are protected characteristics under Massachusetts’ hate crimes laws. More →

Students' Rights

Massachusetts law forbids discrimination in public schools on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (effective July 1, 2012). More →

HIV/AIDS Issues


HIV Anti-Discrimination Law

Massachusetts has enacted anti-discrimination laws protecting people with HIV from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. More →

HIV Testing and Privacy

Massachusetts law requires informed written consent for HIV testing and release of HIV-related medical information. More →

Other HIV-Related Laws

Massachusetts law permits the Department of Public Health to establish needle exchange programs, but unfortunately requires "local approval" for the siting of a program. More →

GLAD’s Work in Massachusetts

From the Docket

Victory

In re Wambere
In re Wambere

Update: John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere has been recommended for asylum in the United States.  In… More →

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Legislative Advocacy

August 1, 2014

Addressing LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Massachusetts

GLAD Staff Attorney Allison Wright submitted testimony to support the Boston City Council’s effort… More →

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News

October 3, 2014

EEOC Clarifies Protections For LGBT Employees

There exist both state and federal employment anti-discrimination laws that protect employees if they are discriminated against because they possess… More →

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