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Transgender people living in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont) seeking to update their legal name and gender on federal and state documents can receive free legal representation through this rapid-response program.
James Baldwin has this quote that I think about constantly: “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time." As a queer woman of color, this Women’s March is important to me because it’s crucial to my intersectional activism. It is important to me to show up as part of a community to show solidarity with like-minded folks, and to be a voice of opposition to the impending administration and all that it represents.
There are reasons to be concerned. But we must and we will push back against any attempts to normalize discrimination and hate, even as we steadfastly continue our work in the courts and at the state level to protect and advance justice for all.
We’ve heard from many of you over the last week who are understandably feeling shock, grief, and uncertainty – I’m feeling it too. But we’re also hearing incredible statements of resilience and resolve.
Following the presidential election we know that many of you have questions about the future of LGBTQ rights and protections. Here are a few initial answers to questions we've been hearing from the community.
Following this week's presidential election we know that many of you have questions about the future of LGBTQ rights and protections. Here are a few answers to questions we've received about marriage and parenting. In the coming weeks and months we'll have more resources to share. If you have a specific legal question or concern, reach out to us at http://www.GLADAnswers.org
Celebrate Bisexuality Day (affectionately called CBD) was initiated in 1999 on September 23rd and the bi+* community marks it each year with film fests, educational forums, parties and all sorts of community activities. CBD is now part of Bisexual Awareness Week during which bi organizations and individuals educate the public about bi community concerns and statistics, bi history, and bi culture by tweeting and posting all week long on social media to boost our rare visibility.
On August 9, 2016, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) announced an important ruling concerning the rights of Massachusetts employees to be free from discrimination based on their transgender status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.The decision is a loud and clear legal precedent that intentional misuse of gender pronouns and gender based words to refer to a transgender employee can amount to unlawful, discriminatory harassment.
For good and for ill, transgender peoples’ lives are in the news these days. Headlines proclaiming victories and lamenting losses in several high profile legal matters reflect the ascendant but unsettled state of transgender rights across the country.
To be sure, HIV/AIDS advocacy and service organizations have had unrelenting and crucial battles to fight over the decades: access to testing and treatment; prevention, including PrEP and clean needles; discrimination and stigma; and the shameful criminalization statutes that still exist in a majority of states, to name just a few. But I hope we can all agree that it is intolerable to let our longest term survivors of the HIV epidemic suffer from untreated medication side effects. Here’s hoping that the Massachusetts experience begins a national call to action to address this indefensible insurance discrimination.