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

August 1, 2014

Addressing LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Massachusetts

GLAD Staff Attorney Allison Wright submitted testimony to support the Boston City Council’s effort to address unaccompanied youth homelessness, an… More →

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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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