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

Amicus • 2014

M.L. v. S.N.

GLAD submitted an amicus letter to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Appeals Court addressing the admissibility of explicit sexual photographs in a… More →

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Legislative Advocacy

March 3, 2014

Working for Transgender Non-Discrimination Protections in New Hampshire

Victory! The Portsmouth City Council passed this resolution on March 3 with a unanimous vote of 9-0! Read more

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March 3, 2014

Portsmouth Passes Transgender Non-Discrimination Resolution

Today by a unanimous 9-0 vote, Portsmouth’s City Council passed a resolution directing the city manager to adopt a non-discrimination policy to… More →

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