GLAD’s strategic agenda to deepen our national leadership and impact, expand our legal capacity, protect a multiracial, pluralistic democracy, and sustain an antiracist and intergenerational movement for the long term.

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For nearly 45 years, GLAD has been a fierce advocate for the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

In those decades, we have made incredible strides. We have passed robust, model LGBTQ+ rights laws for our communities across New England, and we have won foundational national victories, including:

  • protecting people living with HIV from discrimination under federal law,
  • winning the freedom to marry nationwide,
  • stopping a cruel and arbitrary ban on military service that called the full citizenship of transgender Americans into question.

Now, as we continue our work for freedom and equality, we recognize a profound change in our struggle.

The very ideas that make LGBTQ+ rights possible are under threat.

What should be long-settled agreements – that there are fundamental freedoms on which we can all rely; that equal protection is foundational to our democracy; that the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness should be available to all – are at risk.

Our nation is at a critical fork in the road.

Down one path, freedom and the protections of our constitution exist only for the few, where an extremist religious minority has control over our lives.

GLAD is resolved to move us down a better path – a path where the law is a bulwark protecting all our human rights.

A path where justice is available to all of us and where all people, no matter who they are, have the opportunity to thrive on their own terms.

GLAD’s bold new strategic agenda includes:

  • Expanding our legal capacity to meet today’s challenges and sustain GLAD’s work for decades to come
  • Deepening our leadership and impact nationally for LGBTQ+ rights
  • Ensuring a sustainable, antiracist, and intergenerational organization for the long term.
  • Working to protect our democracy, support voting rights, and fighting for a multiracial and pluralistic democratic future

These are extraordinary times, but we cannot shy away from the challenges before us.

GLAD has a 45-year track record of advancing progress for LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV. But opponents of equality have worked for at least 45 years to slow that progress, restrict fundamental freedoms, and turn the tide against equality and justice.

We can move our country down the right path and realize the promise of equality – but the journey will take time, and it will take all of us.

GLAD is charting a bold new path to pursue the promise of freedom, equality, and justice for all. 

We hope you’ll join us. To support this strategy directly, contact Carole Allen-Scannell.