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 November 26, 2014: John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere received a letter from the U.S. Citizen… 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

December 16, 2014

GLAD Appalled by Appeals Court Ruling that Dept. of Corrections Can Deny Care to Transgender Woman

The full First Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed an earlier ruling that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide Michelle Kosilek, an… More →

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