Blog Posts from April 2014
Youth hear over and over again that “it gets better”. And it does. In fact, the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying law got even better last week when it was strengthened in three key ways. This is a great step forward for Massachusetts youth.
Much has happened in the last fifteen years to help tell the story of transgender people’s lives - in popular culture, in law and policy-making, and in everyday life. From Chaz Bono to Laverne Cox to Nicole Maines and all of us who are able - transgender people and our families are speaking out. The LGBT community has become united in its efforts to secure comprehensive protections. This kind of visibility changes hearts and minds. It humanizes transgender people. It creates empathy and compassion and that leads to social and legal change.
It is only when transgender people are seen for the full human beings that we are that decision makers (be they judges, lawmakers, school or other officials) will see adverse treatment as discrimination.
A kerfuffle at a Rhode Island Catholic school over a guest speaker who espoused views that offended the school community regarding divorce, homosexuality, and adoption creates a great opportunity to consider what you can do if this happens at your school.
GLAD Answers has over 70 recently updated publications dealing with LGBTQ/HIV legal issues in New England. For each of the six New England states we have an LGBTQ Overview and an HIV Overview. These are in depth publications that help you to understand the laws that protect you and, if your rights are violated, how you go about accessing these protections.
The Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Aging is the first statewide commission in the country to focus on the needs of LGBT seniors. GLAD is honored to have a dedicated seat on this commission and to be able to lend our legal expertise in this critical area.
LGBTQ youth in foster care/the child welfare system can experience particular vulnerabilities as a result of being in state custody. GLAD is committed to seeing that LGBTQ youth are safe, affirmed, and treated fairly wherever they are.
During the past few days, the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released some important guidance that affects transgender and same-sex spouses. A summary of that information follows below. If you have questions, need additional information or lawyer referrals, contact GLAD Answers by email or live chat at www.GLADAnswers.org or by phone at (800) 455-GLAD (4523).
Today is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Do you know your rights when it comes to HIV/AIDS?
GLAD was founded more than thirty-five years ago not merely to defend LGBT people against unjust legal action, but to use the legal system as an instrument of LGBT liberation. Despite the advances of the past three + decades, GLAD remains vigilant in calling out our legal system when it fails to see unthinking prejudice at work. GLAD recently took a stand to uncover the implicit double standard that seemed clear to us (but not to an otherwise careful and conscientious judge) in a case addressing the admissibility of explicit sexual photographs in a suit brought by a man against his former romantic partner for intentional infliction of emotional distress and battery.