Blog Posts for Maine
Public affairs and education intern Alison Geoffrey reflects on her experience in high school.
With wit, logic and common sense, Professor Joe Singer exposes how public accommodations that invoke “religious freedom” to bar service to LGBTQ people are simply discriminating based on religious beliefs. Our nation already turned away from the era where people had to “call ahead” to businesses to make sure they are welcome,’ we are “already invited.” Professor Singer makes a compelling argument that using religious beliefs as a sword is actionable religious discrimination. As our nation considers anew claims of religion in the marketplace, Professor Singer reminds us that we already have the answers. - Mary L. Bonatuo, GLAD Civil Rights Project Director
As the year comes to a close, here are 15 (plus a bonus for the New Year) things your support helped GLAD take on in 2015:
Next Friday, November 20, marks the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. As we honor those lives lost to an epidemic of anti-trans violence, let’s also pledge to do more – to fight a climate of hate and intolerance by cultivating a culture of respect, empathy and love.
I learned something new last Saturday afternoon. As I sat in a warm, sunny room listening to GLAD’s 2015 Spirit of Justice Honoree Jennifer Finney Boylan tell stories and answer questions about her experiences as a transgender woman, I saw language evolve right in front of me. Through the assistance of an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, Ayisha Knight-Shaw, a Deaf lesbian ASL teacher, led the group through the linguistic evolution of the ASL sign for “transgender.”
On National Coming Out Day, we have a guest blog post from retired Portland, Maine, teacher Betsy Parsons on her journey to coming out in the classroom, and the positive impact it had on LGBT students.
If you're a teacher or administrator with questions about how to ensure your school is safe and welcoming for all, or If you're a student in need of help or information about your rights,contact us at GLAD Answers.
Are you a current or former Wal-Mart employee and during your employment at Wal-Mart you were in a valid and legal marriage to a person of the same sex but were denied spousal healthcare coverage for your spouse?
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.
A Special Marriage Decision Day Community Call