GLAD is focused on ensuring that legal strategies to advance LGBTQ+ equity and equality acknowledge intersecting oppressions and advance interlocking social movements, particularly movements for racial justice.
GLAD’s work focuses on both harm reduction within systems that disproportionately target and harm LGBTQ+ people of color as well as the imperative to reform, dismantle and create alternatives to the systems themselves. LGBTQ+ youth of color are over-disciplined in school, disproportionately targeted by police, and disproportionately represented in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. LGBTQ+ adults of color are disproportionately represented and face exceptionally brutal treatment in our systems of incarceration. The HIV epidemic continues to disproportionally harm communities of color, especially gay men of color, who lack equal access to life-saving prophylactic medications such as PrEP.
GLAD challenges discriminatory systems, policies, and practices; engages in intentional, sustained partnerships with LGBTQ communities of color; and works to build and maintain coalitions with allied social justice movements.
GLAD supports An Act to Stop Profiling Transgender People and Low-Income Women (S.992/H.1800), which would partially decriminalize sex work by removing “common night walkers” and ... Read More
Senate Bill 32/House Bill 239 and House Bill 88 refresh Department of Children and Families reports to include data related to demographics including age, race, ... Read More
We should all have access to equitable, affordable, and high-quality family planning and sexual health services, no matter who you are, where you live, or ... Read More
GLAD opposes Maine’s LD 1444 because it creates a new crime that would have serious and long-term negative effects on young people. In testimony to the ... Read More
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