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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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?
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.
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.
On vacation at the beginning of the month, I got to see my family – something I get to do twice a year for a few days – the first thing my father asked me about was the Supreme Court decision. He said, “You know, you’re kind of like Forrest Gump – things just seem to happen around you.” While I haven’t gotten a scholarship to play ping-pong just yet, or saved anybody from a war, I have experienced more than I ever could’ve expected when I signed on to work at GLAD.
When we think about the goals of the laws we have to protect LGBT people, we mostly think about solving concrete problems: ending discrimination, ensuring access to healthcare, keeping people safe from violence and other harms. But there’s another vital purpose of the law: the message that our government sends when it passes a law.
What are the dreams that we, together, can make a reality across the country, in the next ten years?