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Maine News

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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September 18, 2015

Statement on Maine Law Court Oral Argument in Kinney v. Busch

Today, the Maine Law Court heard oral argument in a pending divorce case between two women on a legal question reported to them for decision from the Maine District Court.  The question is:


May property acquired between October 14, 2008 and December 29, 2012, by a same-sex couple married in the …

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July 30, 2015

Who Should Pay for SSA’s Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples?

In class action lawsuit, GLAD and Justice in Aging say it should be SSA 

Anti-LGBT discrimination hurts everyone in our community. But the impact on those who are economically vulnerable can be devastating.

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program exists to assist those with extremely …

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July 20, 2015

GLAD Applauds EEOC Ruling: Title VII Sex Discrimination Prohibition Includes Sexual Orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a critical ruling that discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation violates the prohibition on sex discrimination in Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act.

The landmark July 16 ruling recognizes that federal employees …

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July 14, 2015

Class Action Lawsuit Charges Walmart with Anti-Gay Discrimination

GLAD and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC) have filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart, charging the retail giant with discriminating against employees who were married to same-sex spouses by denying their spouses health insurance benefits.

The class …

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July 8, 2015

Expanding Protections for Families: Maine Adopts a State-of-the-Art Law

Maine has adopted a state-of-the-art law clarifying who is a legal parent – whether based on intent to parent, marriage or holding out a child as your own, long term-caretaking and responsibility, or genetics. Both houses of the Maine legislature voted June 30 to override Governor LePage's veto in …

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June 5, 2015

A Big Week for Transgender Rights Across New England

This week saw several substantial steps forward on key matters of concern for transgender people in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire.

On Monday, June 1, the Connecticut Senate passed by a vote of 32 to 3 a bill that modernizes the process for changing gender on birth certificates …

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November 11, 2014

GLAD Appoints Janson Wu, GLAD Deputy Director and Senior Staff Attorney, as New Executive Director

Janson Wu, deputy director and senior staff attorney for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been appointed the organization’s new executive director.  Wu, who has been with GLAD for eight years, will start his new position on December 1, 2014.

“We are thrilled and proud to name Janson …

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October 3, 2014

EEOC Clarifies Protections For LGBT Employees

There exist both state and federal employment anti-discrimination laws that protect employees if they are discriminated against because they possess certain characteristics.  All the state employment anti-discrimination laws in New England have sexual orientation as an explicit protected …

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September 17, 2014

GLAD’s Mary Bonauto Receives MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

The MacArthur Foundation announced today that Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes referred to as a “genius grant.” The Fellowships are awarded annually to “talented individuals who …

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