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July 23, 2015

GLAD ED Janson Wu’s Statement in Support of the Equality Act

Today the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT non-discrimination bill was introduced in Congress.  Janson Wu, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, issued the following statement:

“At GLAD we continue to hear from hardworking LGBT people who have been hurt by …

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July 22, 2015

DOJ Declines to Weigh in on Exclusion of Transgender People from ADA Protections

Yesterday in a Statement of Interest filed in the case Blatt v. Cabela’s Retail, the Department of Justice (DOJ) declined to weigh in on the constitutionality of an explicit transgender exclusion written into the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Today is the 25th anniversary of the passage of …

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July 20, 2015

GLAD Applauds EEOC Ruling: Title VII Sex Discrimination Prohibition Includes Sexual Orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a critical ruling that discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation violates the prohibition on sex discrimination in Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act.

The landmark July 16 ruling recognizes that federal employees …

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July 15, 2015

RI Adds LGBTQ-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Language to Children’s Bill of Rights

Rhode Island has added LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination language to the Children’s Bill of Rights for youth in care of the Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF):

“No child shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual …

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July 14, 2015

Class Action Lawsuit Charges Walmart with Anti-Gay Discrimination

GLAD and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC) have filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart, charging the retail giant with discriminating against employees who were married to same-sex spouses by denying their spouses health insurance benefits.

The class …

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July 8, 2015

Expanding Protections for Families: Maine Adopts a State-of-the-Art Law

Maine has adopted a state-of-the-art law clarifying who is a legal parent – whether based on intent to parent, marriage or holding out a child as your own, long term-caretaking and responsibility, or genetics. Both houses of the Maine legislature voted June 30 to override Governor LePage's veto in …

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June 29, 2015

CT Governor Signs Bill Modernizing Process to Change Gender on Birth Certificates

GLAD Publishes Toolkit to Assist Transgender People Making Changes

Last week, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill that updates the state’s birth certificate procedures, enabling transgender people to change their birth certificates to the appropriate gender without having to …

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June 26, 2015

Mary Bonauto’s Remarks Following Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

This is a decision of enormous magnitude, one that brings great joy to millions of families – gay and straight –  across this country.

So, today as we celebrate what is a landmark ruling, let us also rededicate ourselves to ensuring that all of us – all Americans -- no matter who they are or …

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June 26, 2015

GLAD Hails Historic Day As Supreme Court Strikes Down Remaining Marriage Bans

Today, in a blockbuster legal and cultural moment for the country, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples in the United States, no matter where they live, have the same legal right to marry as different-sex couples.

“Today’s ruling brings joy and relief to millions of Americans and their …

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June 25, 2015

GLAD Applauds Upholding of Subsidies in Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell

With the Supreme Court’s affirmation of King v. Burwell, Janson Wu, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) issued the following statement:

“This is a terrific and just outcome for people across the U.S. who will not face additional barriers to obtaining the health care …

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