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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

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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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 epidemic impacting the health and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth in Massachusetts.

Excerpts from her testimony:

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August 1, 2014

A Message from Ben Klein on An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Treatment

A message from Ben Klein, GLAD AIDS Law Project Director:

The formal session of the Massachusetts legislature ended at midnight on July 31 and, unfortunately, the lipodystrophy treatment legislation did not pass this session. I know that this is disappointing for all of us.

All of us here at GLAD …

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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 with HIV get health care.

We need your help to ensure An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Treatment is brought to a vote this session.
Please contact your representative today.

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May 8, 2014

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

Update 6/17/14  -  Urgent: Calls Need Today to Rhode Island Speaker Matiello

Help move this bill forward - call the Speaker's Office today at (401) 222-2466 and tell him:

"Senate Bill 2385 Passed Unanimously in the Senate. Please ask the Speaker and the House to take this up. This is a AN ACT …

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