Blog Posts for Massachusetts
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.”
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?
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.
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
For the past few weeks, GLAD has been soliciting responses from our community on what ‘Justice’ means to them. Check out some of the inspired responses we got from Boston Pride on GLAD’s Instagram.
In order to ensure inclusion, real inclusion of all students in school, we need to enact strong statewide and local policies, and we also need teachers and administrators to be able to put these policies into action on the ground level.
Our children need and deserve LGBTQ curricula that will foster relevant connections to today’s legislation, pop-culture, media reports and politics.
As we await the Supreme Court’s imminent decision on national marriage equality, Gary Buseck, GLAD’s Legal Director and long-time colleague and co-strategist of Civil Rights Project Director Mary Bonauto, offers his thoughts on the issues raised in the April 28 oral argument.