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Know Your Rights

At School

  • Laws in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont explicitly protect you from discrimination or harassment in public school based on your actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, sex or HIV status.

  • Federal law also protects you from discrimination based on your sex or HIV status at any school that receives federal funding no matter where you live. And in many cases, protection against sex discrimination can protect against discrimination based on gender identity or expression and sometimes against sexual orientation discrimination.

  • Remember that no matter where you go to school, you have a right to be safe. See Bullying, and contact GLAD Answers if you are experiencing any discrimination, bullying or harassment.

Gender Identity Discrimination and the Law

A Case Study in Comic Book Form From Massachusetts.

Gender Identity Discrimination and the Law

A Case Study in Comic Book Form From Massachusetts.


Outside School

  • In all six New England states there are explicit laws protecting you from discrimination based on your actual or perceived sexual orientation, HIV status or sex in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations, like restaurants, public transportation or stores.
  • Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont law also prohibit discrimination based on your actual or perceived gender identity in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations. Massachusetts law prohibits discrimination based on your actual or perceived gender identity in employment, housing, credit and services.
  • Even where there is no explicit gender identity protection, you may still be protected using a different characteristic like sex, sexual orientation or disability.
  • Federal law sometimes provides additional protections.

Never assume you are NOT protected.

Check It Out!

Matthew Shepard Foundation

A national organization advocating in relation to hate crimes.

Outright Seacoast

Support and advocacy organization that seeks to change the social climate for LGBTQ youth in the NH Seacoast region.

Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth

Advocates for effective policies, programs, and resources for LGBT youth to thrive.

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