Blog Posts from July 2015
When we think about the goals of the laws we have to protect LGBT people, we mostly think about solving concrete problems: ending discrimination, ensuring access to healthcare, keeping people safe from violence and other harms. But there’s another vital purpose of the law: the message that our government sends when it passes a law.
What are the dreams that we, together, can make a reality across the country, in the next ten years?
Last Thursday, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) -- the federal agency that enforces our country's main employment anti-discrimination law Title VII -- issued a landmark decision ruling that "allegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex." This decision applies to all federal employees, guides all of the EEOC offices in how they handle claims by private employees, and is persuasive to federal courts in their interpretation of Title VII.
As we go about our daily routines, we encounter the same objects over and over again. Usually, we do not give these things a second thought and only look at them through one perspective—typically the most well-known or superficial perspective. But what if we changed our perspective? Could seeing literal things in a new way change the way we, and society, look at sexual orientation, gender, and gender expression?
"It was a great opportunity for me as an intern to get more of a concrete sense of how GLAD relates to other organizations and businesses, because as soon as I flashed our Summer Party postcard with the GLAD logo to local business owners, many of them showed instant recognition and clearly already had a high regard for the work we do."
The marriage equality movement has deep roots in New England. GLAD is honored to have worked with so many courageous people who fought for their right to marry all across the New England states, and whose work inspired so many others across the country to do the same.