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GLAD's Legislative and Public Policy Work

GLAD works with legislative allies, agencies and grassroots advocates to craft thoughtful and thorough legislation, recommend and advocate for policy changes, analyze proposals that threaten our communities, provide expert testimony at legislative hearings, bring together legal and non-legal specialists to testify before the legislature, and develop strategy with our community partners.

GLAD’s Latest Work

October 6, 2015

GLAD’s Jennifer Levi Testifies in Support of Transgender Equality

Jennifer Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, testified today at the Massachusetts Statehouse in support of a bill providing protections in public accommodations for the state’s transgender citizens. 

Testimony on SB 735 and HB 1577 was heard …

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June 18, 2015

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

Update: Victory! The Rhode Island House passed the bill June 24 and the governor has signed it into law!

Read testimony submitted by GLAD's Youth Initiative Director Vickie Henry

June18, 2015 Rhode Island Action Alert

Rhode Island House Speaker Mattiello is holding up the addition of a …

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May 18, 2015

Act TODAY to help people with HIV get health care in Massachusetts

Monday, May 18, 2015

Call your MA Senator today and ask them to support Budget Amendment 846We urgently need calls today to pass a crucial budget amendment that will enable people with HIV in Massachusetts to get health care.

Senator Mark Montigny has offered an Amendment to …

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April 2, 2015

GLAD Senior Attorney Ben Klein Testimony in Support of RI S 480, to Prohibit Conversion Therapy

GLAD Senior Attorney Ben Klein submitted testimony March 31 in support of Rhode Island S 480, which would prohibit licensed health care professionals from engaging in the discredited and harmful practice of seeking to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Excerpts from Klein's …

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March 18, 2015

GLAD’s Jennifer Levi Testifies in Support of Modernizing Process for Amending CT Birth Certificates

GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi testified today in support of CT HB 7006, An Act Concerning Birth Certificate Amendments.

HB 7006 would modernize Connecticut's standard for correcting birth certificates issued to transgender people who are born in Connecticut. The bill would …

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March 11, 2015

Testimony on RI H 5383: An Act Related to Education - School Committees and Superintendents

GLAD Youth Initiative Director Vickie Henry submitted testimony March 11 on H 5383: An Act Related to Education - School Committees and Superintendents.

H 5383 would amend Section 16-2-17 of the Rhode Island General Laws in Chapter 16-2 entitled "School Committees and Superintendents" to "direct

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February 26, 2015

Testimony in Opposition to An Act Related to Criminal Offenses - Criminal Transmission of HIV

GLAD AIDS Law Project Director and Senior Staff Attorney Ben Klein testified February 24 in opposition to Rhode Island H 5245, An Act Related to Criminal Offenses - Criminal Transmission of HIV, saying such a law, if enacted, would "undermine public health efforts to prevent HIV and will actually …

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February 17, 2015

Act Relative to Abusive Practices to Change Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Minors

HD 3202 sponsored by Representative Kay Khan and also known as the "conversion therapy ban bill," would ban practices, erroneously called “therapy,” that purport to heal or change a minor’s same-sex attraction or transgender identity.

Specifically it would:

  • Prohibit any licensed medical, mental …

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February 17, 2015

An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Treatment

GLAD continues to work with the Treat Lipodystrophy Coalition to pass An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Treatment.

This bill requires private insurers, MassHealth, and the Group Insurance Commission to provide medical treatment for lipodystrophy, a disfiguring side-effect of some …

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January 28, 2015

An Act Relative to Transgender Non-Discrimination

Massachusetts currently provides no express protections for transgender people against discrimination in public spaces like hospitals, stores, or public transportation. This bill would address that unjust situation by amending our public accommodations law to include gender identity. 

The bill, HD …

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