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Justice #ForAll

December 09, 2016

GLAD proudly stands shoulder to shoulder with brave plaintiffs and community members who inspire us every day. Here are a few powerful stories that show the love, perseverance, compassion, and commitment to being ourselves that form the foundation of our shared fight for justice.

Want to join us? Make a gift today and double your impact on the fight for justice. All new or increased gifts between now and 12/31 will be matched dollar for dollar!

GSAs Can Make School Better

August 10, 2016

Want to make your school better? GSAs and other LGBTQ clubs can make middle school better for all students, including cutting down on transphobic and homophobic talk; helping transgender and gender non-conforming students feel safer; and helping teachers and students learn about LGBTQ issues. Plus, GSAs are fun! Need more info? Having trouble starting a GSA at your middle school? Contact us! www.GLADAnswers.org/GSA

GLAD has teamed up with our partners True Colors: Out Youth Theater/the Theater Offensive, Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth (BAGLY), GLSEN Massachusetts, Greater Boston PFLAG, Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth to help you make your middle school better!

GLAD Now Stands for GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

February 22, 2016

Our name is new, but not our mission.

Following nearly 40 years of groundbreaking legal victories for LGBTQ rights, we’ve updated our name to better reflect our commitment to moving equality forward #FORALL!

We’ll always be GLAD. And we’ll always have your back.

What is Justice to You?

January 05, 2016

GLAD Staff and Spirit of Justice attendees discuss what Justice means to them! Starting the new year keeping these goals for building a future of true justice in mind.

Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court: From Goodridge to Obergefell

April 25, 2015

On April 28, 2015, Mary Bonauto will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court for the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples nationwide. In 2001 Mary and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed the case that first brought marriage equality to the U.S. - with the landmark 2003 Goodridge v. Department of Public Health decision in Massachusetts.

This is the story of that historic victory, and how far we’ve come on marriage equality to get us where we are today. Featuring two of the couples who fought to marry in Goodridge, Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, Evan Wolfson, Mary Bonauto and more.

The Spirit of Justice

October 26, 2014

Meet six inspirational people who are furthering the fight for equal justice for the LGBT community and people living with HIV:

John “Longjones” Wambere, who made the heartbreakingly difficult decision to seek asylum in the U.S. so that his critical advocacy for his LGBTQI community in Uganda could continue.

Rikki Bates, whose willingness to stand up for what she knows is right helped pave the way for a landmark change in access to health care for transgender people.

Matthew Barrett, who knows that his marriage to his husband has nothing to do with his ability to provide nourishing meals to students - and that religious belief is not a license to discriminate.

Nicole Maines, who, with her family by her side, refused to let her Maine middle school treat her as any less than the girl she is.

John Wallace, who has survived living with HIV only to face the stigma and pain of lipodystrophy - but who is bravely sharing his story to help secure compassionate health care for people like himself across Massachusetts.

Susan B., who stood up against a New Hampshire court’s dismissal of her family, and is now finally in the process of reuniting with her daughter after more than year apart.

Goodridge at 10: Celebrating a Landmark Ruling and a Decade of Marriage Equality

September 02, 2014

A look at the historic November 18, 2003 ruling in GLAD’s case Goodridge v. DPH which made Massachusetts the first state in the U.S. where same-sex couples could marry. The video celebrates the powerful and beautiful decision authored by then Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, and explores the impact the ruling has had in the national movement for LGBT equality.

Featuring interviews with the Chief Justice, GLAD Attorney and Goodridge lead counsel Mary L. Bonauto and plaintiffs David Wilson and Robert Compton, as well as Former Congressman Barney Frank, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand, MA Reps Byron Rushing and Carl Sciortino, MA Attorney General Martha Coakley, Bishop Gene Robinson, Evan Wolfson and Professor Laurence H. Tribe.

Got LGBTQ Rights? Yes!

April 09, 2014

For more information about the rights of LGBTQ youth in New England, visit www.glad.org/youth

You have a right to an education - and being LGBTQ does not limit your rights at school. As a student in public school in New England.:

• You have the right to equal access and participation in all school programs, including extracurricular activities. 

• You have the right to form a GSA on the same terms and with the same privileges as any other extracurricular club.

• You have a right to attend school safely.  All New England states have laws that prohibit harassment and bullying in public schools.  What to do if you are being harassed.

• In any school that receives federal funds, you have the right not to be discriminated against or harassed based on your sex, and sometimes that right can protect LGBTQ students.

• You have the right to wear clothing consistent with your gender identity and expression.

• You have the right to acknowledge your sexual orientation and gender identity and generally have the right to express yourself on issues relating to sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

• You have the right to learn about and have access to age appropriate resources on LGBTQ issues and people.

Private school students have fewer protections but some protections exist. Contact us.

More Resources in Your State

New Hampshire
Rhode Island
• Outside New England, visit our friends at Lambda Legal

See all our publications about LGBTQ student rights.

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