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November 13, 2015 2:37 pm

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Cultivating a Culture of Respect, Empathy, and Love

Next Friday, November 20, marks the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. As we honor those lives lost to an epidemic of anti-trans violence, let’s also pledge to do more – to fight a climate of hate and intolerance by cultivating a culture of respect, empathy and love.     

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November 12, 2015 10:55 am

Now Accepting Applications: GLAD’s Public Affairs & Education Internship Program

GLAD is seeking individuals with a strong desire to make meaningful contributions to LGBTQ and HIV+ communities to join our Public Affairs & Education Internship Program. Using traditional and new media, the program supports GLAD’s mission and vision by ensuring that LGBTQ people and people living with HIV know their legal rights and how to assert them

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October 22, 2015 3:45 pm

The Sign Says It All

I learned something new last Saturday afternoon. As I sat in a warm, sunny room listening to GLAD’s 2015 Spirit of Justice Honoree Jennifer Finney Boylan tell stories and answer questions about her experiences as a transgender woman, I saw language evolve right in front of me. Through the assistance of an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, Ayisha Knight-Shaw, a Deaf lesbian ASL teacher, led the group through the linguistic evolution of the ASL sign for “transgender.”


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October 10, 2015 8:09 pm

Teaching from the Fullness of Ourselves

On National Coming Out Day, we have a guest blog post from retired Portland, Maine, teacher Betsy Parsons on her journey to coming out in the classroom, and the positive impact it had on LGBT students.

If you're a teacher or administrator with questions about how to ensure your school is safe and welcoming for all, or If you're a student in need of help or information about your rights,contact us at GLAD Answers

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September 24, 2015 9:55 am

Loving a Bisexual Man

When I first started dating my husband Adam, he had just broken up with a woman. It was my first time dating someone bisexual, and I was filled with doubt and confusion as to whether this could work.

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September 23, 2015 12:05 pm

The Last Lost Generation, Part 2

Last Thursday, Massachusetts again broke ground for LGBT rights -- this time by releasing recommendations developed by its legislatively created Commission on LGBT Aging, the first statewide commission in the country to focus on the needs of LGBT seniors. In doing so, Massachusetts is shining a light on the critical needs of the LGBT aging population, and the steps needed to ensure that we all can age with dignity and respect.

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August 31, 2015 2:54 pm

Everything is Rent

For so many LGBT people who have been rejected by families and experienced disproportionate rates of homelessness, poverty, discrimination and violence, participation in street economies is often critical to survival. That is why GLAD, along with other LGBT legal organizations, supported Amnesty International's recent resolution calling for the complete decriminalization of sex work. 

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August 26, 2015 10:51 am

My Child’s School Won’t Tell Me How They Disciplined a Bully: What Can I Do?

Oftentimes we at GLAD hear from parents of LGBTQ youth who have been told that the school cannot disclose any disciplinary steps they have taken against a student who bullied their child because of “FERPA.”

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August 21, 2015 12:11 pm

Have You Experienced a Health Insurance Exclusion for Your Same-Sex Spouse at Walmart?

Are you a current or former Wal-Mart employee and during your employment at Wal-Mart you were in a valid and legal marriage to a person of the same sex but were denied spousal healthcare coverage for your spouse? 

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August 18, 2015 10:28 am

How “Equality” Was Used to Dismantle Voting Rights

We know that our society is not color-blind, nor is it blind to LGBTQ identities. As evidenced by the historical success of the Voting Rights Act, we need laws that are equipped to address the particular obstacles that disadvantaged groups face. That is why formal equality in the law is not enough to lift our communities up to a level playing field, so that we can all enjoy equal opportunities.

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