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January 27, 2017

Changes to GLAD.org

GLAD.org is undergoing some renovations to make it more mobile and user-friendly. In the meantime, please reach out with any questions (or if you can’t find something you’d typically be able to find). Updates coming soon!

January 10, 2017

OPEN LETTER TO THE U.S. SENATE: Civil & Human Rights Organizations Oppose Confirmation of Sessions

The Senate has a responsibility to consider Session’s record in weighing whether he should be confirmed for this important office. We agree that when they look to his record, particularly regarding people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, women and people with disabilities, they must agree he …

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December 12, 2016

Rhode Island Couple’s Court Win Creates Alternative Path to Family Security

Bryce Helie and Cara Millett met in college in 1999 and soon became inseparable.  After graduating, they moved to Rhode Island, where Bryce opened up a deli and Cara went to graduate school. “I knew I wanted to have children,” says Cara, but the couple wanted to make sure they did it in a careful, …

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December 8, 2016

Creating More Inclusive Community College Environments for Transgender Students

Community colleges offer open access to affordable academic and workforce training programs. It is critical that these community institutions are inclusive to all, including transgender students.

GLAD first learned about barriers faced by transgender students at Northern Essex Community College …

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December 6, 2016

Supporting Clemency for Chelsea Manning

GLAD has signed on to a letter supporting Ms. Chelsea Manning's petition for clemency, commuting her court-martial sentence to time-served. Since she was first taken into custody in 2010, Ms. Manning, a transgender woman who is being forced to serve out her sentence in an all-male prison, has been …

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December 5, 2016

Amanda Johnston to be GLAD’s New Director of Public Affairs and Education

The new year will bring GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders a new director of public affairs and education: Amanda Johnston, who has served as GLAD’s senior manager of integrated media since 2007.

During a period of important LGBTQ victories, Amanda contributed significantly to public understanding …

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November 30, 2016

GLAD and AIDS Action File Brief with MA SJC in Landmark Syringe Access Case

GLAD and AIDS Action Committee filed a brief November 28 at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a suit fighting efforts by the town of Barnstable to shut down a life-saving needle distribution program operated by AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC). A Superior Court judge granted ASGCC a …

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November 21, 2016

Ropes & Gray, GLAD and MTPC Launch Transgender ID Project

New Rapid-Response Program Creates Free Legal Resource for New England Transgender Community

BOSTON, Nov. 21. 2016 – Global law firm Ropes & Gray, together with GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), today announced the launch of …

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November 18, 2016

Transgender Non-Discrimination Bill to be Introduced in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Representative Ed Butler announced plans today to introduce legislation for 2017 that would explicitly prohibit discrimination against transgender people.

“It’s simply a matter of fairness. Transgender people deserve the same freedom from discrimination as anyone else. I believe the …

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November 14, 2016

GLAD and ACLU Urge Thorough Investigation into Suicide at Long Creek

Portland – The ACLU of Maine and GLAD wrote to Attorney General Janet Mills urging special consideration be taken in her investigation into the death of a transgender youth by suicide at Long Creek Youth Development Center sometime in late October or early November. 

“Not only is it critical to …

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