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March 27, 2015

Victory! Connecticut Removes Barrier for Medicaid Coverage of Transgender Health Care

Earlier this week the Connecticut Department of Social Services updated state regulations to require Medicaid to cover treatment for Gender Dysphoria.

Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi, who led GLAD’s work with state allies to advocate for the new regulations, applauded the update: …

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March 16, 2015

Advocates Ask Supreme Court to Hear Case Concerning Medical Care for Transgender Woman in Prison

Petition Asserts First Circuit Disregarded its Proper Role

Lawyers today petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal on behalf of Michelle Kosilek, a transgender woman who has been denied essential health care while serving a prison sentence in the custody of the Massachusetts Department …

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March 10, 2015

Social Security Sued for Discriminating Against SSI Recipients Married to a Same Sex Spouse

SSA is Demanding Refunds of Benefits Paid as Result of Agency's Discrimination

GLAD, Justice in Aging, and Foley Hoag LLP today filed a class action lawsuit, Held v. Colvin, against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients married to …

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February 27, 2015

Opening Brief Filed Today with SCOTUS in Michigan Marriage Equality Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lawyers for Michigan nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who seek to marry in their home state of Michigan, today filed their opening brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court agreed to hear their case, DeBoer v. Snyder, along with marriage-related cases from Ohio, Tennessee …

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February 26, 2015

GLAD Testifies in Opposition to Proposed HIV Criminalization Legislation in Rhode Island

GLAD AIDS Law Project Director and Senior Staff Attorney Ben Klein testified before the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee February 24 in opposition to H 5245, An Act Related to Criminal Offenses - Criminal Transmission of HIV, proposed legislation that would criminalize failure to disclose HIV …

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February 22, 2015

Animus on Display: Why Arkansas SB 202 Deserves a Veto

In response to the passage of SB 202 by the Arkansas legislature, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Arkansas, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the following statement:

“Last Tuesday, after a series of lightning-fast …

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January 16, 2015

SCOTUS Will Hear Marriage Case Filed by Michigan Nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse

Washington, D.C., January 16, 2015 – The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review a federal appeals court decision upholding Michigan’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. By granting the petition filed by Michigan couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, the Court will be considering Michigan’s ban …

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December 16, 2014

GLAD Appalled by Appeals Court Ruling that Dept. of Corrections Can Deny Care to Transgender Woman

The full First Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed an earlier ruling that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide Michelle Kosilek, an incarcerated transgender woman, medically-necessary gender reassignment surgery.

The decision was divided, with a 3-2 majority and two sharply worded …

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December 4, 2014

GLAD Obtains Social Security Survivor Benefits for Disabled RI Widow

GLAD successfully obtained Social Security Widow’s Benefits for 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw after a three-year-long battle with the Social Security Administration (SSA) following the death of Deb’s wife Patricia Baker who passed in 2011. Over $30,000 in back benefits were paid to Deb on Monday, …

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November 24, 2014

Statement of Janson Wu, Deputy Director, on Grand Jury’s Decision Not to Indict Officer
Both the tragic death of Michael Brown and the response of the Ferguson community point to very large problems in our society.  Among those problems is the over-policing that both the African-American and LGBT communities face; as well as pervasive economic inequality and racial injustice.  These …

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