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April 16, 2014 3:06 pm

You Have Questions: GLAD Answers Has Updated Publications with the Information You Need

GLAD Answers has over 70 recently updated publications dealing with LGBTQ/HIV legal issues in New England.  For each of the six New England states we have an LGBTQ Overview and an HIV Overview.  These are in depth publications that help you to understand the laws that protect you and, if your rights are violated, how you go about accessing these protections.

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April 16, 2014 12:28 pm

Equal Dignity at Every Stage of Our Lives: The MA Commission on LGBT Aging

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Aging is the first statewide commission in the country to focus on the needs of LGBT seniors. GLAD is honored to have a dedicated seat on this commission and to be able to lend our legal expertise in this critical area. 

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April 16, 2014 10:48 am

Advocating for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

LGBTQ youth in foster care/the child welfare system can experience particular vulnerabilities as a result of being in state custody. GLAD is committed to seeing that LGBTQ youth are safe, affirmed, and treated fairly wherever they are.

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April 10, 2014 12:07 pm

Recent Announcements by Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

During the past few days, the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released some important guidance that affects transgender and same-sex spouses.  A summary of that information follows below. If you have questions, need additional information or lawyer referrals, contact GLAD Answers by email or live chat at www.GLADAnswers.org or by phone at (800) 455-GLAD (4523).

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April 10, 2014 9:47 am

National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Know Your Rights!

Today is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Do you know your rights when it comes to HIV/AIDS?

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April 9, 2014 3:49 pm

On Guard Against Bias in the Courts: Use of Gay Male Sexual Imagery to Inflame Prejudice

GLAD was founded more than thirty-five years ago not merely to defend LGBT people against unjust legal action, but to use the legal system as an instrument of LGBT liberation. Despite the advances of the past three + decades, GLAD remains vigilant in calling out our legal system when it fails to see unthinking prejudice at work. GLAD recently took a stand to uncover the implicit double standard that seemed clear to us (but not to an otherwise careful and conscientious judge) in a case addressing the admissibility of explicit sexual photographs in a suit brought by a man against his former romantic partner for intentional infliction of emotional distress and battery.

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March 16, 2014 12:34 pm

Thank You Lee!

After nine years and countless advances in rights for LGBT and HIV+ people, Lee Swislow is retiring as GLAD’s executive director.  Help us wish her well.

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February 12, 2014 4:23 pm

Biennial Symposium of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health

I am excited to be traveling to Bangkok, Thailand, this week to attend the Biennial Symposium of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH). With presentations from transgender people, allies, and advocates working in Turkey, Russia, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Japan, Argentina, and beyond, I know it will stretch my mind to think about transgender legal, social, and political issues and concerns in ways that I cannot even anticipate.

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January 24, 2014 2:40 pm

GLAD Answers Helps Married Couple With Passport Name Change

GLAD Answers recently received an email from a same-sex couple newly married in the Netherlands. Both men are U.S. citizens, and so they sent proof of their Dutch marriage to the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam in order to change the last names on their passports. The Consulate initially said that - although they would process a name change request from a different-sex married couple with a Dutch marriage certificate - for same-sex couples they could only process a name change if the marriage took place in one of the places in the United States where same-sex couples can legally marry. 

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January 24, 2014 2:40 pm

GLAD Answers Helps Married Couple With Passport Name Change

GLAD Answers recently received an email from a same-sex couple newly married in the Netherlands. Both men are U.S. citizens, and so they sent proof of their Dutch marriage to the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam in order to change the last names on their passports. The Consulate initially said that - although they would process a name change request from a different-sex married couple with a Dutch marriage certificate - for same-sex couples they could only process a name change if the marriage took place in one of the places in the United States where same-sex couples can legally marry. 

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