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November 25, 2015

Rhode Island says Transgender Health Insurance Exclusions are Prohibited under State Law

Yesterday, the Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner released a bulletin Regarding Prohibited Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Expression. The bulletin is a significant step toward increasing access to critical health care for transgender residents of Rhode …

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November 20, 2015

HUD Proposes Rule Ensuring Equal Access to Housing and Services

An exciting announcement was made today by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regarding equal access in accordance with an individual’s gender identity in community planning and development programs. This proposed rule is an update to HUD’s 2012 final rule (Equal Access to …

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November 17, 2015

Department of Justice Weighs in on Transgender Exclusion in Americans with Disabilities Act

Yesterday the Department of Justice (DOJ) weighed in on the transgender exclusion written into the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), urging the court to ignore the exclusion in order to avoid a constitutional problem.

When the landmark law passed in 1990, it explicitly excluded from its …

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November 10, 2015

Barnstable Sued for Blocking Legal, Life-Saving Needle Distribution Program

Update: The judge has granted ASGCC's motion for a temporary restraining order to bar the town from enforcing the "cease and desist" order as the case proceeds. 

Today in Barnstable Superior Court, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC) filed suit against Barnstable for preventing the group from …

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November 6, 2015

TGI and GLAD Applaud Removal of Medicaid Coverage Exclusions for Transgender Rhode Islanders

This week, Rhode Island’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that the state’s Medicaid program has removed arbitrary and outdated coverage exclusions for transgender Rhode Islanders.  The new guidance can be read here.

All major national medical and mental health experts, including …

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November 3, 2015

GLAD Weighs in on Fisher v. UT Austin in Amicus Brief Supporting Race as a Factor in Admissions

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) joined Lambda Legal, National Women’s Law Center and other partners in filing an amicus brief yesterday in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief supports UT-Austin’s use of race as a factor in …

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October 29, 2015

Brief Argues Treating Trans* Students Equally in Bathrooms Crucial to Development

Being able to use the same bathroom as other students at school is critical for the healthy development of transgender adolescents, says an amicus brief filed on behalf of medical and mental health associations by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), National Center for Lesbian Rights …

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October 21, 2015

Testimony in Support of Treatment for HIV-Related Lipodystrophy

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Financial Services heard testimony Tuesday in support of a bill which would mandate insurance coverage for the treatment of lipodystrophy.

GLAD AIDS Law Project Director Ben Klein testifies in support of An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy …

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October 15, 2015

Maine Law Court Confirms State Anti-Marriage Law of No Effect in Light of SCOTUS Marriage Ruling

Stating there is no “sufficient … doubt” about the validity of a same-sex couple’s marriage from the date of its celebration, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has declined to answer a reported question about whether Maine’s former anti-marriage law delayed the validity of a couple’s marriage …

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October 6, 2015

GLAD’s Jennifer Levi Testifies in Support of Transgender Equality

Jennifer Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, testified today at the Massachusetts Statehouse in support of a bill providing protections in public accommodations for the state’s transgender citizens. 

In failing to expressly protect its most …

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