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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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September 8, 2016

Freedom New Hampshire

New Hampshire is the only remaining state in New England to have no state laws ensuring fair and equal treatment for transgender people.

That’s why GLAD is proud to be a founding member of Freedom New Hampshire—a nonpartisan coalition of transgender Granite Staters united with faith leaders, …

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July 7, 2016

GLAD Cheers Passage of Massachusetts Public Accommodations Bill

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) issued the following statement by Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi after the Massachusetts House and Senate passed the transgender public accommodations bill, now on its way to Governor Charlie Baker for signature:

“Today is a great day for …

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June 30, 2016

GLAD Applauds NH Executive Order Prohibiting Gender Identity Discrimination in State Government

Today, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan issued an historic Executive Order prohibiting discrimination in state employment, programs and government contracts based on gender identity and expression.  

“We applaud Governor Hassan for signing this Executive Order, which will provide real, …

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June 14, 2016

LGBTQ GROUPS CALL FOR UNITY IN THE WAKE OF ORLANDO SHOOTING

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We the undersigned organizations working on the front lines of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) movement share in the profound grief for those who were killed and many …

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April 29, 2016

LGBT Legal Orgs Say NC and MS Federal Funding is at Risk for Anti-T Discrimination

GLAD has joined the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Transgender Law Center in a letter urging the Obama administration to clarify that laws such as North Carolina's HB2 violate federal laws that prohibit sex discrimination, including both Title …

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February 9, 2016

Workers Receive Lawsuit Notice Challenging Walmart’s Denial of Health Insurance to Same-Sex Spouses

Today a court-approved notice is being mailed to nearly 1,200 current and former Walmart employees who may have been denied the ability to put their same-sex spouses on their employee health plan.  The notice is the next step in a class action lawsuit arising from the case of Jacqueline Cote, a …

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February 2, 2016

GLAD ED Janson Wu Testifies in Support of Ending Conversion Therapy in New Hampshire

GLAD Executive Director Janson Wu testified this afternoon before the New Hampshire General Court Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee in support of HB 1661, which would ban the use of converstion therapy with minors.

The imposition of 'conversion therapy,' especially on minors, …

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January 5, 2016

LGBT, Racial Equality, Health Groups File Brief in SCOTUS Challenge to Texas Abortion Restrictions

GLAD and a coalition of 13 other LGBT, racial justice, and health equity organizations have filed an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down draconian restrictions on abortion providers enacted by the State of Texas in 2013. If upheld, the …

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December 17, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Urged to Protect Stability of Families of Same-Sex Couples

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and Foley Hoag LLP today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the Court to grant review in the Alabama second-parent adoption case, V.L. v. E.L., No. 15-648.

V.L. and E.L. are former lesbian partners who agreed to have and raise three …

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