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We are thrilled to have you with us in the fight for justice and equality. Learn more about how your support makes a difference in the work we’re doing together.

Protecting Our Relationships and Families

The right to form and live as a family is essential for our community and for all. We’re bringing about a future where everyone can pursue family life as they see fit, with the recognition and respect we all deserve.

Increasing Protections for LGBTQ+ Families

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GLAD has been instrumental in updating parentage laws to ensure they protect children and their parents, no matter how our families are formed. We are now in coalition to update Massachusetts parentage law, the last New England state to do so.

Take action today! Fill out a postcard at the info table or visit our easy online action form.

What LGBTQ+ Families Need to Know

LGBTQ+ families currently face heightened scrutiny and harassment. Learn about how to protect your family.

Streamlining Adoption for LGBTQ+ Parents

Confirmatory adoption is an important option to provide additional security for some families. Creating laws to streamline the process and eliminate barriers for LGBTQ+ parents to obtain an adoption decree ensures that more children are protected outside of their home state. We advocated successfully for such bills in Maine and Rhode Island this year.

The Respect for Marriage Act

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GLAD was a leader in the work to protect marriage equality once again. The Respect for Marriage Act ensures that state and federal governments recognize and respect all marriages, regardless of the couples’ sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.

Defending Liberty, Relationships, and Marriage Equality

GLAD will continue to protect our rights to live and love as we are and with whom we choose.

Ensuring Our Dignity, Health and Wellbeing

Whether we’re challenging laws that criminalize essential transgender healthcare or removing barriers to accessing HIV PrEP, GLAD is fighting for the well-being of all.

Ensuring Equal Treatment and Access to Benefits at Work

We’re suing on behalf of a New Hampshire woman who has been denied transition-related care by her employer – a large for-profit manufacturing company whose owner claims a religious objection. Religion cannot be a justification for employment discrimination. Learn more.

Protecting Access to Evidence-based Healthcare

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Laws that undermine bodily autonomy have passed in several states across the country. In Massachusetts and Vermont, we passed laws that protect patients and providers of transition-related and abortion care from civil and criminal penalties arising from other states’ unscientific laws. In Rhode Island, we advocated in coalition to expand reproductive equity by expanding abortion coverage through Medicaid and state employee insurance plan.

Removing Barriers to PrEP

PrEP is a powerful medication that can limit the transmission of HIV by nearly 100%, but it is under-prescribed and underutilized, particularly in communities of color that remain most vulnerable to HIV. We’re working to change that.

In Massachusetts, we are advocating for removal of barriers to PrEP like insurance co-pays, deductibles, and pre-authorizations that reduce access to the preventative medication for those who can most benefit.

A federal judge recently ruled to block a section of the Affordable Care Act that ensures highly effective preventative services, like PrEP and much more, are covered by insurance with no out-of-pocket costs. While the ruling is currently stayed, GLAD submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to urge the 5th Circuit to permanently block it, warning that reinstating cost-sharing for PrEP would result in tens of thousands of preventable HIV transmissions.

The LGBTQ+ Justice State of Emergency

Extremists across the country are targeting LGBTQ+ people with dangerous legislation and litigation, attempting to take a wrecking ball to our rights to bodily autonomy, education, gender equality and more.

A Continued Wave of Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills

Nearly 600 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced in 45 state legislatures across the country this year.

LGBTQ+ families are at increased risk. Nonbiological parents in multiple states have had courts strip them of their parental rights for children they’ve raised since birth.

Parents of transgender adolescents are being blocked from obtaining the medical care necessary for their kids to thrive. Some parents are even facing criminal charges.

School discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as race and racism, are being prohibited. Books are even being banned.

Transgender students are getting excluded from school bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams.

A Step Backward for Nondiscrimination Protections: 303 Creative v. Elenis

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All people should be able to access the goods and services they need without fear of being turned away because of who they are. But for the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a business open to the public a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of a protected class. The Court’s ruling here was narrow, but the effort to roll back equality is very real, and we must stay vigilant.

But when we fight – together – we win.

We’ve blocked laws in Alabama and Florida that would throw parents and doctors in jail for providing medically necessary healthcare to transgender adolescents. In New England, we’ve stopped bills that would force teachers to “out” students, censor classroom discussions, and turn parent preferences into universal policies impacting all students. Nationally, we played a key role in passing the Respect for Marriage Act. And we’ve updated parentage laws to protect LGBTQ+ families in five of the six New England states, with Massachusetts and other states across the country on the horizon.

Ensuring LGBTQ+ Students Can Thrive

Whether at school or elsewhere in life, at GLAD, we’re using the law to make it possible for all of us to find our dignity and feel valued for who we are.

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Photo by The Gender Spectrum Collection

Schools As Supportive Spaces for LGBTQ+ Youth

We are fighting to ensure students have the support and safety they need to access an equal education, including being able to be who they are at school and come out to their parents when they’re ready. We defeated damaging legislation in New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island and are working in the courts and at school committees to support positive school policies and climates for all students.

Inclusive and Complete Education for All Students

We’re ensuring that classroom curricula and school libraries can provide students with an inclusive and complete education, including discussions about disability, race, and LGBTQ+ identities.

Ensuring Inclusion of Transgender Youth

GLAD continues to fight to make sure that transgender youth can be included in school sports, as well as all areas of academic life.

During the ongoing anti-LGBTQ+ backlash across the country, there is an urgent need to take action. Fight back with us. Donate today.