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GLAD's Legislative and Public Policy Work

GLAD works with legislative allies, agencies and grassroots advocates to craft thoughtful and thorough legislation, recommend and advocate for policy changes, analyze proposals that threaten our communities, provide expert testimony at legislative hearings, bring together legal and non-legal specialists to testify before the legislature, and develop strategy with our community partners.

GLAD’s Latest Work

May 27, 2016

Testimony of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders in Support of S 2827 Substitute A

Submitted by Janson Wu on behalf od GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, this testimony outlines support for substitute A of S 2827 (in relation to conversion therapy used on minors). The sustitute is narrowly tailored to prevent a well-documented risk of harm to minors and to eradicate a purported …

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May 4, 2016


GLAD submitted a letter to the Massachusetts Public Access to Court Records Committee expressing concerns about a proposed new rule, Trial Court Rule XIV, regarding expanded internet access to criminal case records. 

The letter expresses concern that expanding internet access to records in …

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April 8, 2016

Public Accommodations Protections for Transgender People in Massachusetts

GLAD is a member of the coalition Freedom Massachusetts, which has been working for passage of An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination.

The bill would add “gender identity” to existing Massachusetts civil rights law for public accommodations. Massachusetts law currently prohibits …

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April 5, 2016

Ending Conversion Therapy in New Hampshire

Following the passage of HB 1661 in the New Hampshire House, GLAD Executive Director Janson Wu is presenting testimony April 5 before the state Senate Committee on Health and Human Services in support of a statewide ban on so-called "conversion therapy" with minors. Read his senate committee …

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April 5, 2016

Ending Conversion Therapy in Vermont

On May 25, 2015, Governor Shumlin signed a bill making Vermont a safer and more welcoming place for LGBTQ youth – by banning the harmful practice of so-called “conversion therapy.”

With this historic step, Vermont became the first state in New England to join California, New Jersey, Oregon, …

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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. 

Testimony on SB 735 and HB 1577 was heard …

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June 18, 2015

Adding a Non-Discrimination Clause to the Rhode Island Children’s Bill of Rights

Update: Victory! The Rhode Island House passed the bill June 24 and the governor has signed it into law!

Read testimony submitted by GLAD's Youth Initiative Director Vickie Henry

June18, 2015 Rhode Island Action Alert

Rhode Island House Speaker Mattiello is holding up the addition of a …

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May 18, 2015

Act TODAY to help people with HIV get health care in Massachusetts

Monday, May 18, 2015

Call your MA Senator today and ask them to support Budget Amendment 846We urgently need calls today to pass a crucial budget amendment that will enable people with HIV in Massachusetts to get health care.

Senator Mark Montigny has offered an Amendment to …

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April 2, 2015

GLAD Senior Attorney Ben Klein Testimony in Support of RI S 480, to Prohibit Conversion Therapy

GLAD Senior Attorney Ben Klein submitted testimony March 31 in support of Rhode Island S 480, which would prohibit licensed health care professionals from engaging in the discredited and harmful practice of seeking to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Excerpts from Klein's …

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March 18, 2015

GLAD’s Jennifer Levi Testifies in Support of Modernizing Process for Amending CT Birth Certificates

GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi testified today in support of CT HB 7006, An Act Concerning Birth Certificate Amendments.

HB 7006 would modernize Connecticut's standard for correcting birth certificates issued to transgender people who are born in Connecticut. The bill would …

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