The RIGHTS Act
GLAD is advocating for the RIGHTS Act (An Act to Promote Rehabilitation, Including Guaranteed Health, Treatment, and Safety for Incarcerated LGBTQI+ People – S.1566 / H.2484) in partnership with Black and Pink MA.
The goal of this bill is to improve conditions of confinement for LGBTQ+ people and those at risk for, or living with, HIV. Across the nation, incarcerated LGBTQ+ people experience high rates of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. This legislation works to address the basic needs of incarcerated LGBTQ+ people: safety, housing, healthcare, and affirming programming. The bill also aims to reduce the use of solitary confinement and require data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity.
You can learn more about this bill on the RIGHTS Act Factsheet from Black and Pink MA. Lead sponsors on this bill are Rep. Jack Lewis and Sen. Julian Cyr.