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Massachusetts News

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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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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August 11, 2016

Governor Baker Signs Historic Law Requiring Treatment for HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy

On August 10, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome Treatment, which will go into effect November 9. This first-of-its-kind legislation, sponsored by Senator Mark Montigny and Representative Sarah Peake, requires public and …

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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 8, 2016

MA Policy on State PD Enforcing Fed Immigration Policy Would Negatively Impact LGBTQ Immigrants

Statement of Janson Wu, Executive Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s announcement that he will authorize state police to engage in federal immigration enforcement raises particular concerns for the LGBTQ community.  Janson Wu, Executive Director of …

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December 17, 2015

MA Court Rules against Catholic High School that Rescinded Job Offer to Married Gay Man

In a first-of-its-kind decision, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge has ruled that Fontbonne Academy, a Catholic girls’ high school, discriminated against Matthew Barrett on the basis of sexual orientation and sex when it rescinded its offer of the job of food services manager to him because he …

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October 21, 2015

Testimony in Support of Treatment for HIV-Related Lipodystrophy

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Financial Services heard testimony Tuesday in support of a bill which would mandate insurance coverage for the treatment of lipodystrophy.


GLAD AIDS Law Project Director Ben Klein testifies in support of An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy …

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October 6, 2015

GLAD’s Jennifer Levi Testifies in Support of Transgender Equality

Jennifer Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, testified today at the Massachusetts Statehouse in support of a bill providing protections in public accommodations for the state’s transgender citizens. 

In failing to expressly protect its most …

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August 20, 2015

Massachusetts Updates Process for Changing Gender on Birth Certificates

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has modernized the standard and process for changing gender markers on birth certificates.  As a result, proof of surgery is no longer required.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has worked extensively with advocates and policymakers in Massachusetts and …

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August 7, 2015

GLAD Deplores Judge’s Dismissal of Class Action Suit Against Social Security Administration

U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson has dismissed a class action lawsuit in which the Social Security Administration (SSA) was charged with discriminating against SSI recipients who are married to a person of the same sex.  Social Security did not recognize the recipients’ marriages until more than …

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