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 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

Join Us At This Upcoming Event!

July 26, 2014

33rd annual Summer Party in Provincetown

Online ticket sales end at 1pm on Thursday, 7/24. Tickets are available at the door - $85 ... RSVP »

Join Us At This Upcoming Event!

October 24, 2014

15th Annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner

Honoring Urvashi Vaid an LGBT activist who has fought to create a world free of bigotry, ... RSVP »

From the Docket


Gill et al. v. Office of Personnel Management et al.
Gill et al. v. Office of Personnel Management et al.

June 26, 2013 U.S. Supreme Court rules DOMA Section 3 unconstitutional in Windsor v. United StatesMore →

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Legislative Advocacy

July 25, 2014

Take Two Minutes Today to Help People with HIV Get Health care in MA

We're down to the wire in our effort to pass a crucial piece of legislation that will help people… More →

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July 21, 2014

Impact of White House EO on LGBT Federal Workers and Contractors in New England

Statement by Gary Buseck, Interim Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Every day we hear about LGBT people who are not treated… More →

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