Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Fewer than a third of all U.S. states have laws protecting people from discrimination based on sexual orientation, and only a handful prohibit discrimination based on a person’s gender identity or expression. There are no federal protections for LGBT civil rights.

New England has been a leader in the journey toward LGBT civil rights. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont all have laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Non-discrimination laws in Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont also prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression.


GLAD’s Work On This Issue

While New England has been a leader in the journey toward LGBT civil rights, having the laws is only half the battle. No legislation ever made discrimination disappear. GLAD's precedent-setting litigation is where the legal rubber meets the road—changing laws, changing attitudes, and changing lives.

From the Docket

Victory • 2012

Patino v. Birken Manufacturing Co.

GLAD and the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) applaud a May 4, 2012 ruling from the Connecticut Supreme Court that employers can be… More →

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Legislative Advocacy

June 18, 2015

Adding a Non-Discrimination Clause to the Rhode Island Children’s Bill of Rights

Update: The Rhode Island House passed the bill June 24! The governor is expected to sign it - stay tuned for more information.

Rhode Island Action… More →

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June 18, 2015

Married Same-Sex Couples File Preliminary Injunction against Social Security in Class Action Lawsuit

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Justice in Aging, and Foley Hoag LLP filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against the Social… More →

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