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To go from the joy of Pride on Saturday to Sunday’s news about the tragedy in Orlando felt horribly numbing and paradoxical. I had slept in Sunday morning with my husband, exhausted after a long day of celebrating at Boston’s Pride Parade. We were looking forward to a rare, free day to do laundry and walk our dog, until I checked my texts
Yesterday, Governor Shumlin signed a bill that makes Vermont a safer and more welcoming place for LGBTQ youth – by banning the harmful practice of so-called “conversion therapy.
Today we moved one giant step closer to securing full non-discrimination protections for transgender people in Massachusetts!
The Massachusetts Senate voted 33-4 to pass the transgender public accommodations bill.
I started at GLAD ten years ago as a staff attorney. I was only three years out of law school, and GLAD was a dream job. It was exciting to be working on cutting edge civil rights issues with movement leaders like Gary Buseck, Mary Bonauto, Jennifer Levi, and Ben Klein.
Even before Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016, all eyes were on the Court for what promised to be a blockbuster Term. On the Court’s docket are major cases touching on redistricting, public employee unions, voting rights, immigration, abortion, and contraception coverage under Obamacare.
Does the government work for us or against us? As the result of a decision by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), the government is working better for all of us today. For convincing SSA to do the right thing, we should thank Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Representative Mark Takano (D-CA), and 119 of their colleagues. We are also indebted, for this victory, to two effective, dedicated nonprofits, Justice in Aging and the GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), as well as Foley Hoag, LLP, the law firm that assisted them.
I attended my first Passover seder when I was 20 years old. My best friend Becca and I had driven from Boston to Albany, where her family lived. We didn’t tell her parents that the real purpose of the trip was to see Ani DiFranco in concert – it just happened to land on the first night of Passover. We left the seder early to catch the concert, leaving Becca’s little brother to find the afikoman.
Governor Baker left last night’s Boston Spirit Event when transgender activists, advocates, and allies vocalized their requests for his support of the transgender public accommodations bill. What did he expect?
What Karen wants most is for her children to have a sense of security and permanency. GLAD is fighting by her side to ensure they have the stability, protection, support and legal rights that all children deserve.
As GLAD continues our groundbreaking work on behalf of everyone in our community, it is important that we begin with the needs of the most marginalized – including LGBT older adults, particularly older adults of color.